Cooler Near the LakeMarch 28th, 2013 at 7:36 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
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.