A seasonal rise in Great Lakes water levels are underway, but scientists say North America’s biggest water bodies aren’t expected to break last year’s record-setting high marks, according to a report in the Traverse City Record Eagle.

“For Lake Michigan-Huron, we are right in that transition period,” said Deanna Apps, phy- sical scientist at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Levels measured in the early days of April on Lakes Superior, Michigan and Huron had no change from levels measured a month prior, according to data on the USACE Detroit District’s website.

So March’s monthly mean levels on those lakes likely will be the seasonal low, Apps said.

But now the spring water rise is poised to begin, officials said, just as a week of rainy weather is forecast across the region.

“It does look like we’ll see some off and on chances for rain over the next week,” said Faith Fredrickson, meteorologist at the National Weather Service station near Gaylord.

The NWS forecast for the tip of the mitt in Lower Michigan calls for rainy conditions every day through Saturday, she said, but never any heavy downpours outside of occasional isolated thunderstorms which won’t be widespread.

“It will be a bit more active weather pattern,” Fredrickson said.

The Great Lakes seasonal climate forecast by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration calls for near normal precipitation levels across the Lakes Michigan and Huron Basin now through June. In July, conditions are expected to edge closer to below normal rainfall amounts, records show.

See the complete Record Eagle report here.