A Staggering Amount Of Water Has Been Flowing Into Lake Superior
In a complete turnaround from last summer, there has been an unbelievable amount of water flowing into Lake Superior this spring.
As we often say, if you don't like the weather here in Minnesota, wait five minutes and it'll change, right? Well, things certainly HAVE changed here in the North Star State, at least when it comes to the amount of water in the largest of Minnesota's 10,000 Lakes.
Rivers have been raging along the North Shore of Minnesota, swollen with this spring's run-off of melting snow. They've also been buoyed by a wet April that has seen way more rain than usual in the Bold North. (In fact, the raging Poplar River did some damage to several historic covered bridges at Lutsen Resort.)
As a result, there's been a staggering amount of water flowing into the Big Lake They Call Gitchee Gumee (that'd be Lake Superior.) In fact, BringMeTheNews meteorologist Sven Sundgard detailed just how much higher the water level is in many of Minnesota's most famous lakes, noting that Lake of the Woods is up over three feet while Lake Minnetonka is up over a foot this spring.
Lake Superior is also up about a foot just in the last 6 weeks. That is a huge increase for a lake that size. An increase of a foot equates to 6.6 trillion gallons of water, or to put that in perspective it's like dumping Lake Minnetonka into Lake Superior 47 times!
Yeah, that's a LOT of water being dumped into our lakes! It's a far cry from last summer when pretty much all of Minnesota was experiencing that massive drought which reduced many rivers, streams, and a few waterfalls to just a trickle.
Speaking of lakes in Minnesota, some of them have some rather unique names that only true Minnesotans know how to pronounce. Keep scrolling to see how many YOU know how to say!