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  •  MI winter has been terrific (2+ / 0-)
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    maryabein, Amber6541

    in the southern lower peninsula. One snow, no bone chilling cold or raw, gusty winds, and 50 degree weather in January and February. I love it. There will be winners and losers as a result of climate change, and MI should be one of the winners if we don't lose our lakes.

    Water levels have fluctuated throughout the history of the Great Lakes. Research has indicated that several thousand years ago, water levels became so low that the lakes were no longer interconnected as they are currently. More recently, record low levels coincided with the dust bowl years of the 1930s and a severe drought in 1964. The lakes experienced extremely high levels in 1986, and since that time, levels have generally been declining. This decline has been a
    concern because lower water levels are consistent with
    most global climate change forecasts.

    Water levels in Superior, Michigan-Huron, and Erie dropped sharply from 1997-1999 and have remained at relatively low levels since that sudden decline. Following slight increases in 2008 and 2009, levels in all these lakes dropped again in 2010. Levels as of February 2011 are below those of February 2010.

    If it can't have a colonscopy, it has no Constitutional rights ~ Randi Rhodes

    by dkmich on Tue Feb 07, 2012 at 03:28:04 AM PST

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