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Lake Michigan to hit lowest water levels on record

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

This year's drought is now having an effect on the Great Lakes water supply.

In December, Lake Michigan is expected to tie 1964's record low water levels and by late winter and early spring 2013 the lake level is expected to set new record lows.

In September, the average lake level was at 576.97 feet which had dropped 4 inches since August and was 11 inches lower that last September. Rainfall on the big lake was only at 74% of average in September. That lack of rain and runoff into the lake contributed to already low levels.

In addition, the warmer than normal winter and spring of 2012 plus record heat through the summer has led to rapid evaporation. During the winter, ice pack on the lake keeps evaporation down, but the lake has not frozen over completely since the late 1970s. All of the individual Great Lakes are experiencing well below average water levels.

Statistics courtesy of National Weather service

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