Cooler Near the Lake

March 28th, 2013 at 7:36 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

Lake Michgian 3 seasons Little Sable Point Maureen   Today was the first day we’ve seen this much difference between temperatures at the Lake Michigan shoreline and those inland (mostly because we’ve been in a cold pattern).  The high temperature at the Ford Airport was 51 today.  That felt really warm, but the average high temperatures in the low 50s for G.R. now.  At 5 PM, the temperature in G.R. was 49 and at Kalamazoo it was 50.  Also at 5 PM, the airports in Muskegon and Holland showed 44 degrees and the airport at S. Haven was 42.  And, at 5 PM, the temperature at the beach in Muskegon was 39 and the thermometer on the lighthouse at S. Haven read 36.8.  You’ll see this happen often in spring and summer, with significantly cooler temperatures at the beaches then inland with the prevailing west wind.  This should be the case again tomorrow and Saturday.   With a fairly light gradient wind across the area, the west wind lake breeze was prevalent in W. Michigan, while an easterly wind cooled the lakeshore of Eastern Wisconsin.  At 5 PM, Kenosha, WI had a southeast wind off the lake and a temperature of 37.   Lake Michigan water temperatures are in the upper 30s.  (picture by Michelle).

Here’s the latest Great Lakes Water Levels out this Thursday evening:   Lake Michigan/Huron is unchanged in the last month.  The level is 15″ below the level of one year ago and 26″ below the March average.  The level is 2 inches higher than the level of March 1964 and 59″ lower than the highest level for March, reached in 1986.  Lake Superior is down 2″ in the last month (lots of lake-effect snow came out of the lake in the last month and it’s been cold, so it hasn’t melted.  It’ll be interesting to see the level go up over the next 4 weeks.  Superior is four inches below last year at this time and 13″ below the century average.  It’s 6″ higher than the lowest March level, reached in 1926.  Lakes Erie and Ontario are both up one inch in the last month.  Lake Erie is 6″ below the century average and Lake Ontario is 4″ below the century average.

23 Responses to “Cooler Near the Lake”

  1. Dan says:

    Look at that sunset! Truly Amazing! The Spring warm up cannot be far behind!

    1. Brad says:

      What does the sunset have to do with spring and a warm-up?

      1. Bill Steffen says:

        By watching the time of sunset, you’ll notice that it gets a minute or two later each day as we move through spring. As the length of day increases, the sun has extra minutes to heat the earth. Therefore, we have the gradual warm-up of spring.

  2. Brian(Grandville) says:

    Saw some golfers out this afternoon. I think Rocky may have been one of them. Haven’t heard from him in a couple days.

  3. Jack says:

    This Song came 2 My Mind, as I viewed Michelle’s Pic. Couldn’t find a video of Wayne Watson,sing the Song He Wrote However the Lyrics Can be Found HERE: http://www.seeklyrics.com/lyrics/Wayne-Watson/There-Goes-Sundown.html

  4. GunLakeDeb says:

    The sun today felt especially wonderful!!! I was outdoors every chance I could find! Came home after a meeting to find some brave soul riding a stand-up JetSki at the Allegan County Park – brrrr!!!!!

  5. Brad says:

    Average temperature for March 28 in Grand Rapids is 50F, right? So, 51F is above-average. Why did you imply 51F is below average with your statement that average temperature is in the “low 50s,” implying something warmer than 50?

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      I wrote a 100% true statement, the average highs are now in the low 50s. The low temperature was 29, which is 2 degrees cooler than average, so the mean temperature for the day is exactly average (rounded up to nearest whole number now – which will make the average temperatures slightly higher than actual values).

      1. Brad says:

        Is the average high 50F or is it not 50F. Be precise. If it is 50F, why did you choose to be imprecise?

        1. TomKap (Michigan St. & Fuller) Grand Rapids says:

          why ask such stupid questions?

        2. Brad says:

          Is it stupid to ask why Bill eschews accuracy?

        3. Bill Steffen says:

          Average is low 50s – perfectly correct/accurate. You look silly nit-picking like that.

        4. Dan says:

          Why do you choose to ask these questions, Brad? Be precise with your answer.

  6. Nathan says:

    I think its so enjoyable when you go to the Meijer Gardens green house when its sunny outside! The butterflies are everywhere and it feels like a tropical vacation!

    1. Nathan says:

      BTW this was the first above average temperature day I remember this year! (Besides the beginning of January and maybe one or two other times)

      1. Brian (Grandville) says:

        LOL!!!
        Are you sure you didn’t leave anything else out.

      2. Brad says:

        You must have a really bad memory!

        In GR:

        Above normal temps since Jan 1: 37
        Below normal temps since Jan 1: 44
        Normal temps: 5

        1. Bill Steffen says:

          January temperature in G.R. was +3.7 from average, February was -2.0 from average and March will end up -3.8 give or take a tenth of a degree. That gives us -0.7 degree for Jan. 1 to March 31 – April starts out with a couple days with highs 10 degrees cooler than average. If you go back to August 1 – we’re at +0.475 or less than half a degree warmer than average. And remember they are rounding UP to the next whole number on temperatures now and that will add about a tenth of a degree to the averages.

          The cloudier than average winter and the constant wind off the lake kept us from having too many really cold nights.

  7. michael g (SE GR) says:

    Still people out fishing all over on the ice on Reeds Lake today. Never expected to see that this late in March. Wonder how much ice is still out there.

    1. Brian (Grandville) says:

      Just enough to send Brad out there on 2×4′s to question why so much ice this late in the season.

    2. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:

      If they fall Through the ice (i hope not) I think fire and rescue should charge them to fish them out.

  8. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Third day in a row the forecasters have been too cool with the forecasted highs. What a perfect day, and tomorrow will be even better!

    We’re actually going to get at least three days with high temps above average. That’s something we haven’t seen in two weeks. And looks like the warm air is really starting to build out west (Denver, Salt Lake City, Vegas, etc), although it might take a week to get to Michigan.

    Go Blue!

  9. Dan says:

    Heading to Myrtle Beach, supposed to be around 70 there! Go Blue take down Kansas! One Big TenTeam from the sweet 16 is a casuality.

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