The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says heavy rains this spring make it more likely western Lake Erie will see another significant algae bloom later this year.
The bloom's size will ultimately depend on rainfall amounts through early summer. The agency is projecting the algae bloom will be more severe than last year, which saw a relatively mild outbreak. The agency does not expect it will match the large blooms that formed in 2011 and 2015 and stretched across the western and central areas of the lake. But researchers say forecasts made this early in the year can change depending on weather patterns in the coming months.