As of Tuesday, water levels on Lake Champlain have been in minor flood stage for 24 straight days. Good enough for the 9th longest duration of consecutive days above 100 feet (which is flood stage).
Scott Whittier a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in South Burlington says, it’s not unusual for Lake Champlain to crest over 100.00′. In any given year there is roughly a 40% chance the lake will flood.
Going forward, the forecast for the lake’s water levels are to remain above flood stage through the next 7-10 days.
“You have two dozen tributaries feeding into Lake Champlain, and only one exit point. That is the Richelieu River up to our north (in southern Quebec). That is why it takes so long for the lake to lower,” said Scott Whittier, the Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service-Burlington.
He understands many Vermonters & New Yorkers are eager to hit the lake this spring, he reminds us all the dangers of early season boating.
On top of dangerously cold water temperatures, which are still in the low 40s, many obstacles including the seawall protecting Burlington Harbor is underwater. Be cautious and use your maritime charts to avoid hitting anything that may be submerged.