Beach Hazards Statement for Today (Sat.)

Central Great Lakes sector loop Here’s local and regional radar.  There’s about a 20-30% chance of a light shower or sprinkle today.  Again, be grateful for the rain you get.  We remain in a pattern with few hours of rain through the middle of next week.  Here’s the latest visible (daytime) satellite pic.

There is a Beach Hazards Statement for the Lake Michigan shore today – all day into the evening.  North-northwest winds will increase to as high as 15-25 mph with waves increasing to 3-5 feet.  That means that the north sides of the piers and breakwaters will be subject to dangerous currents.  So, don’t swim near or jump off the north sides of the breakwaters.  That includes the piers and breakwaters at Mears St. Park, Holland State Park and the north piers at S. Haven and Ferrysburg.  A Small Craft Advisory will also be in effect from midnight until 8 pm.  The Beach Hazards Statement and Small Craft Advisory also includes La Porte and Porter Counties in NW Indiana.

Water temps. taken Friday:  Reeds Lake 76, Ludington 71, Mears 70, Duck Lake State Park 72, Muskegon 72, Grand Haven 64 (I’m suspicious of G.H. always been the lowest temp. of the bunch), Holland 71, Saugatuck 70, S. Haven 72.

Links: Here’s Grand Rapids radar and Northern Michigan radar, Milwaukee radar, Northern Indiana radar, Chicago radar, Detroit radar, Regional radar, the Updated GRR NWS Short Term Discussion. Here’s College of DuPage Radar Map (pick any radar in the U.S.), College of DuPage Grand Rapids radar, the West Michigan Lightning Tracker, National Lightning Tracker, the local warning/advisory map, the National warning/watch/advisory map, and a surface weather map. You can checkout the latest Grand Rapids NWS discussion, the Northern Indiana NWS discussion (includes the Michigan Counties that border Indiana), the discussion for Northern Lower Michigan, and Eastern Lower Michigan. Here’s the Spyglass Condos Weather Station, the S. Haven GLERL station, the Muskegon GLERL station, the Grand Haven Steelheaders webcam and weather station, and the weather station at Holland State Park. Check out the links to webcams. Here’s the infrared satellite loop (night) and the visible satellite loop (daytime), Lake Michigan water temperatures (summer). Here’s recent storm reports from SW Michigan, Northern Michigan, NE Illinois, SE. Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and E. Michigan. Check out the wind and wave height at the South Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the North Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the buoy at Big Sable Point near Ludington and the weather station on the beach at St. Joseph, the Port Sheldon buoy, the S. Haven buoy, the Muskegon buoy and the Ludington buoy. Cool U.S. satellite loop.

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