The National Weather Service has issued a Beach Hazards Statement for the all the lakeshore counties…from Ludington around the lake through SW Michigan, all across the lakeshore in N. Indiana, NE Illinois, including Chicago and up the lake in Wisconsin past Milwaukee and Manitowoc. For Oceana and Mason Counties, the Beach Hazards Statement starts at 8 am. For other counties in W. Michigan, it starts at 1 pm and continues through late tonight. The NWS warns of north winds possibly increasing to as high as 15-25 knots and waves increasing to as high as 3-6 feet.
A north wind means that the north sides of the piers and breakwaters will be most susceptible to structural current – that includes the north side of the piers/breakwaters at North Beach (north side of the channel) at S. Haven, Holland St. Park, Ferrysburg (north side of the Grand River Channel), Muskegon St. Park. and Mears State Park at Pentwater. So, don’t swim near or jump off the piers/breakwaters at these beaches today. Safer beaches with a north wind would include Ludington (where you are behind the breakwater), Grand Haven St. Park (where you swim south of the pier/breakwater) and South Beach at South Haven (again south of the pier/breakwater.
There is also a Small Craft Advisory starting at 8 am for Manistee down to Whitehall and starting at 1 pm for the rest of the lakeshore – that continues until 4 am Monday for waves of up to 3-6 feet. The lake may start out fairly calm this morning (1 foot) with waves increasing during the midday and afternoon.
July 1-15 was 0.4 deg. cooler than average…highest 88, lowest 55. We haven’t reached 90 in G.R. in over a month (June 14). Only 1.09″ of rain in July at G.R. – averrage for July 1-15 is 1.79. We have had measurable rain on 5 of 15 days with no day giving G.R. over 0.34″ of rain.
Could we see the Northern Lights? This from http://www.spaceweather.com: A coronal mass ejection (CME) hurled toward Earth by sunspot AR2665 on July 14th has arrived. Its leading edge hit our planet’s magnetic field on July 16th at approximately 0545 UT. NOAA forecasters say there is a 75% chance of G1- or G2-class geomagnetic storms later today as Earth passes through the CME’s magnetized wake. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras.Free: Aurora Alerts.