HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — The lakeshore at Holland was the coolest spot in the lower 48 states for a time this afternoon.
At 5 p.m., the National Weather Service weather station at Holland State Park reported 49 degrees. That was the coldest temperature reading in the lower 48 states. The next coldest location was the famously cold and windy Mount Washington, NH at 50 degrees.
Temperatures across West Michigan plummeted behind a cold front Monday with highs almost 15 degrees cooler than normal.
Colder temperatures were recorded over Lake Superior by moored buoys. Both buoys on the Michigan/Ontario border reported 43 degrees this afternoon. In Alaska, only six land-based weather stations recorded cooler air temperatures, including Barrow at 36 degrees.
John Harmon and his grandchildren traveled from Ohio to Holland Monday to see Lake Michigan. They were among the few who went in the water.
“62 degrees. It was cold I went ankle-deep. And they were boogie boarding out there,” Harmon said.
“It’s October weather,” said Jim Steenwyk of the Macatawa Boat House, which rents water recreation equipment.
For Jim Steenwyk and his wife Nancy, who run the Boat House, the cool and windy weather means less business.
“We’re really a weather-related business. And people do like try to come out and enjoy, but it does take away a lot of your people that really like it when it’s good and hot. The beach has been kind of quiet this summer, too, because of the cold weather,” Nancy Steenwyk said.
“You only got three months really to make your business work,” Jim Steenwyk said.
Storm Team 8 is forecasting slightly warmer weather through the week, but below normal temperatures will be here until this coming weekend.