When is Nature not Wright?

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When is Nature not Wright?

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New on www.wrightinracine.com: how Lake Michigan's near-record high levels impact Frank Lloyd Wright's Thomas P. Hardy House in Racine...

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I wasn't aware that the lake was rising. Are all the Great Lakes doing so ? Is it related to sea level rise, or is something else happening ?

Seems like the house is well situated---for this century, anyway !

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This is happening on all the Great Lakes. The Chicago Tribune has been running an extensive series about it. There is a breakwater across from the house which used to be well above water. The water level is now almost flush with it now.
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I have amended one paragraph in my Nature is Not Always Wright blog piece on www.wrightinracine.com: Local and state government representatives have looked unsuccessfully for possible sources of Federal, state, and local funding to help underwrite or create a loan fund to help shoreline homeowners in Racine and Kenosha counties bear the expense of the revetment. One neighbor emailed me, "We paid full freight (the whole $$), further underscoring neighbors' commitment to these historic properties."
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Since water flowing over Niagara Falls comes from 4 of the Great Lakes, rising levels in the oceans cannot be the cause of higher levels of water in Lake Michigan.

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I do not think anyone has made that assertion in this forum. The following is from a November 8, 2019 article in The Washington Post: The heavy spring and summer rains are part of a longer-term trend. The United States saw a 4 percent increase in precipitation between 1901 and 2015, with the Great Lakes region alone seeing a 10 percent rise.
“We’re seeing some of the highest water levels in recorded history on the Great Lakes, and that’s the result of very wet weather experienced over the last several years,” said Keith Kompoltowicz, chief of watershed hydrology for the Detroit district of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
This trend toward increased precipitation is expected to continue as the atmosphere warms because of climate change. A warmer atmosphere can hold more moisture, which can condense and turn into precipitation. A marked increase in heavy precipitation events has been observed across the United States during the past several decades, a trend linked to climate change and observed in the Great Lakes region....
The erratic seesaw of highs and lows year to year may be the new norm, and residents of the Great Lakes will need to prepare for a future with unstable water levels.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/ ... heres-why/
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Lake Erie and Lake Ontario are also at record high levels, this has caused Graycliff to alter plans to restore beach access. The fear is that the higher levels and the resulting higher ice mass during winter months create an unsustainable condition for improvements at beach level.

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