Dangerous Pier CurrentsJuly 27th, 2014 at 9:56 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
The National Weather Service has issued a Beach Hazards Advisory from 6 am through the evening Monday. Brisk north to northwest winds will create dangerous currents along the north side of piers and breakwaters. Temperatures will only be in the 60s at the lake beaches, so few people will venture into the deeper water, but anyone planning to do that should stay away from swimming near or jumping off the north side of the breakwaters. This is especially a concern at State Parks and beaches where the swimming area is on the north side of the breakwater (Holland State Park, Pentwater). When there is a strong south or southwest wind, it’s the south side of the piers and breakwaters that can get these dangerous currents, like Grand Haven State Park. The northwest wind pushes surface water against the breakwater and produces a current that flows out toward the middle of the lake. Here’s a look at the latest Lake Michigan beach water temperatures, the Recreational Beach Forecast for the Lake Michigan Beaches and the latest Great Lakes water levels. You can check conditions at the South Lake Michigan buoy (40 miles west of Holland) and the North Lake Michigan buoy…and…check out the water temperature at the mid-Lake Superior buoy!