Now that it’s spring, and the ice is gone, I’m picking up where I left things off late last year before snow and ice moved in. I went to the beach expecting to see more beach and a receding lake, but I was very surprised to see just the opposite. I haven’t kept up with the levels of Lake Michigan, but with the very mild winter and lack of ice cover, I was assuming there would have been plenty of water evaporation during the winter, which there very well could have been, but after I returned from the beach and looked at the lake level data I found that the lake level today is higher than it was in early December.
- TODAY’S LEVEL: 579.36′
- DECEMBER’S LEVEL: 579.16′
I put together a few comparison images below to show you how things have changed at three different location along the beach. I’ll be going back this week to be more deliberate in documenting certain areas, and specific seawalls. Honestly, I thought this project was coming to a close, but with the erosion and changes I witnessed during this visit, I think this project is still alive and I’ll be busy documenting the changes this year.