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NOAA predicts algal bloom in western Lake Erie will be less severe than in 2021

Lake Erie Michigan
Posted at 11:59 AM, May 17, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-17 11:59:18-04

CLEVELAND — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts this year’s algal bloom will be less severe than in 2021 due to near or below average rainfalls so far this spring.

Based on observations through May 15, the Western Lake Ere Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) season projection said if precipitation for the rest of the spring matches the early season forecast of near or below-average rainfall, then there will be a smaller bloom in western Lake Erie that was similar to the one in 2020.

Forecasters used a combination of measurements and forecasts of river discharge and phosphorus loads now through July to determine an estimate of potential algal bloom.

NOAA said while it doesn’t expect July to be wet, elevated phosphorous loads could result in higher CI severity, but said it’s still too far out to determine a more accurate forecast. A comprehensive seasonal forecast on June 30.

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