Can you say global warming? Ongoing drought affects Great Lakes
The Kansas City Star
The ongoing drought has caused two of the Great Lakes to drop to their lowest levels ever recorded.
The Army Corps of Engineers reports that last month Lake Michigan and Lake Huron were at their lowest level since record keeping began in 1918. Blame it on the lingering drought, gripping the Midwest and global warming.
The drought has reduced rainfall and other precipitation. Evaporation also pulls vast amounts of water from the lakes into the overheated atmosphere.
Lake Superior, Erie and Ontario also are well below normal, The Associated Press reports.
Lakes for recreation and flood control in Missouri have receded so much that some piers stand with no water close to them and boats sit in the cracked earth. Barges on the Missouri and Mississippi rivers are having difficulty getting through because of low water levels.
It is way past time to do something about this global warming problem. The cost in lost commerce will keep rising.