Strong Winds and Big Waves – up to 16.7 Feet!

Bill's Blog

Strong northwest winds gusted as high as 60 mph at Lake Michigan and up to 40-50 mph in inland areas on Sunday. Check out this picture, this picture and this picture. There was some local lakeshore flooding. Water was up to the edge of houses near Manistee. Here are some peak wind gusts:

At 2:20 am, Consumers Energy reported 333 separate power outages (almost all weather-related). There were 12,292 Consumers customers without power – inc. 5,028 in Leelanau County. Statewide at 2:20 am, there were 26, 496 customers without power. The winds were even stronger along the Lake Superior shore:

Wind Gusts in Upper Michigan on Sunday

The peak wave at the East Lake Superior buoy was 16.7 feet!

This was the maximum wave height forecast for Sunday (above) and it was pretty good. The highest wave was 13.1 ft. at the Ludington buoy and 12.8 ft. at the mid-Lake Michigan buoy.

Small Craft Advisories will also be in effect until 7 pm Monday for waves as high as 5-10 feet.

Two-Day Forecast

We’ll stay cool and breezy, but partly sunny today (Monday) with a nice warming trend for the midweek thru next weekend.

We moved the clock back on hour (to Eastern Standard Time). Today (Mon.), the sun will rise at 7:19 am and the sun will set at 5:33 pm. BTW, if we did stay on Daylight Savings Time through the winter, the sun would rise at 9:14 am in the first week of January.

We had both a full (Hunter’s) moon and a blue moon (2nd full moon in a calendar month) this past weekend. Anyone (my age) remember this tune.

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