Climate & Space alumna discusses Great Lakes water level swings in Washington Post

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IMAGE:  CLASP alumna Kim Frauhammer

Between 2013 and this year, Great Lakes water levels have moved from record lows on Lakes Michigan and Huron, to a record high this past July and August. Climate & Space alumna Kim Frauhammer (BSE ’17, MS ’18) looks at the cause of the dramatic changes in Great Lakes water levels in a recent article for the Washington Post Capitol Weather Gang.

Great Lakes water levels have swung from record lows to record highs. Here’s why.

“The Great Lakes water levels broke records this past July and August, with some basins experiencing the highest levels ever recorded since 1918. Unusually high water has plagued their shores this year, causing beach erosion and disappearing waterfronts.

Even as we head into the winter months, water levels “remain well above average and near record highs levels,” according to the Great Lakes Water Level Outlook, released this week by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Water levels have not always been this high, however, with record low levels observed on lakes Michigan and Huron in 2013, part of an erratic pattern that could become normalized with our changing climate.”

Read the full article here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2019/11/08/great-lakes-water-levels-have-swung-record-lows-record-highs-heres-why/

Ms. Frauhammer currently works as an Air Quality Project Consultant at Spirit Environmental in Denver, CO.