Big Waves and Strong Winds on Lake Michigan

Bill's Blog

The Winter Weather Advisory was canceled for most of West Michigan. We still have Winter Weather Advisories for Antrim and Kalkaska Counties through 10 am Monday for a couple more inches of snow.

There are also Winter Weather Advisories for parts of Upper Michigan (Alger, Schoolcraft, Delta and Marquette Counties) for 2-6″ of snow.

The pic. above is from the South Haven Lighthouse and shows the big waves Sunday PM crashing over the breakwall (north pier). You ca see the dark clouds to the north. Muskegon and Holland picked up 1/3″ of lake-effect rain on Sunday. With the wind coming in off the relatively warmer waters of Lake Michigan, the high temperature was 4° warmer at Holland and Muskegon than it was farther inland away from the lake in Grand Rapids.

Wave Forecast for Sunday 11/14 at 8 pm EST

The above map was the peak wave forecast for 8 pm 11/14 (Sun.). The orange area west of Berrien County is a forecast of waves up to 12 feet – a pretty healthy wave and we’re grateful that the water level of Lake Michigan has dropped around a foot and a half – reducing the chance for serious flooding and erosion.

Waves Crashing over the Breakwall at Michigan City, Indiana Sunday PM

The forecast above was a good one. The fastest sustained (steady) wind here at Michigan City, Indiana was 41 mph and the peak gust, that occurred between 8 and 9 pm Sunday was 51 mph. At the mid-Lake Michigan buoy – halfway between Holland and Milwaukee, the peak sustained wind was 36 mph with a peak bust of 47 mph. The peak wave at the buoy was 10.8 feet.

We have Small Craft Advisories for nearshore Lake Michigan waters through Monday AM for waves of 6-8 feet and wind gusts to 35 mph. There were Gale Warnings for the open waters of Lake Michigan for waves up to 7-12 feet.

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Some snow totals from Saturday AM

The heaviest snow occurred in W. Kalamazoo, E. Van Buren and E Allegan Co. There were dozens of mostly small power outages caused by tree limbs breaking off and hitting power lines due to the weight of the snow.

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