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Recent rains could help below normal water levels on Great Lakes

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The Great Lakes

MUSKEGON, MI (WTAQ) - Experts at the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory say recent rainfall could bring rising water to the lakes, but it’s hard to say how much.

It’s also not certain how long it will last.

All the Great Lakes are well below their normal levels, but Lakes Michigan and Huron have risen six inches so far in April. Runoff from melting snow and rain typically push lake levels higher each spring.

In April, the Great Lakes basin has received 50 percent more precipitation than it normally does.

One hydrologist says that’s good, but it would take several more wet winters and springs to get levels back to where they used to be.