The DNR has been forced to close several Northern Wisconsin lakes due to low water levels. According to the AP report, area lakes are down 4 to 18 inches from last year. You can add those numbers to a much larger deficit accumulated over the past several years. It’s no secret, we are in a long term drought here in the northern half of the state. So far this year in Wausau we are an even 5″ behind in precipitation. This brings our precipitation deficit to 44.85″ since the beginning of 2003.
The news about the lakes has also reached our neighbors to the south. Here is the report from the Chicago Tribune. It’s as clear as day, the lakes closing down could have a big impact on the tourism $$$$.
I also came across a very useful lake study guide through the DNR. It nicely breaks down the natural causes of changing lake levels.
Speaking of the DNR, on the weekend of June 5 and 6 you can take advantage of some sweet deals. June 5 th and 6th is Free Fishing Weekend statewide. For more information Click Here.
June 6th is also the State Park Open House…you can also take advantage of free admission to all state parks!!!! So get out there and enjoy our beautiful weather and beautiful state. We still have roughly 15000 lakes that aren’t closed.
Meteorologist Brian Niznansky
Posted under Drought
This post was written by bniznansky on May 27, 2010