The level of Lake Superior dropped 2 inches in December, a month when the big lake usually goes down 3 inches, according to the International
Lake Superior Board of Control.
The smaller-than- usual decline is thanks in part to above-normal precipitation. The big lake is now just 1 inch away from its long-term normal level for Jan. 1, and is a full foot above the level on Jan, 1, 2013. The lake generally has been trending closer to normal for about a year.