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Spring Thaw on Winans Lake

"Spring Thaw on Winans Lake," Pastel by Peggy N. Brewer
"Spring Thaw on Winans Lake," Pastel by Peggy N. Brewer
Remember my blog about the Great Lakes? I mentioned how Lakes Michigan and Huron are seen as one lake technically. Well, word is that because they are one, their level dropped most sharply in recent years, and fell to the lowest point on record in January 2013; the other Great Lakes were well below their averages, also.  The latest news is that winter's snows and rains have replenished them. The snow's water content is the highest in a decade. However, although water levels will rise, they will still be 9 to 12 inches below long-term averages. But they will be going up for the next six months as we thaw out.  Several years ago, as I was driving along Winans Lake, I was mesmerized by the sight and sound of the lake thawing. I pulled over and took several photos, later painting in pastel, "Spring Thaw on Winans Lake." I only regret I couldn't tape the sound of millions of tiny ice cracks tinkling at once in nature's symphony.   Here is my original blog if you missed it before... http://brighton.patch.com/groups/peggy-n-brewers-blog/p/only-four-great-lakes   To read more about the Great Lake water levels, click here.

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