Dew drops on tall grass, June 24, 2008

Dew drops cling to the tall grass between the Lakeshore Bike trail and Muskegon’s northern railroad yards on June 24, 2008

Dew drops cling to the tall grass between the Lakeshore Bike trail and the railroad yards on June 24, 2008

All of the moisture that we have seen this summer is having an impact on so many things in our area – both small and large. From the perceived increase in the number of mosquitoes to the quickly rising water level of Lake Michigan.

This latter has been most welcome and almost shocking in its speed. The big lake is up over eight inches over the last year. For those unfortunates who are not familiar with our “inland ocean” that may be unimpressive, but those who are lucky enough to live around here know better.

To better put those inches in perspective, The Chicago Tribune figures that it means we are now enjoying the view of an additional 3.12 trillion gallons of water during our beach walks.

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