Dangerous Pier Currents

July 27th, 2014 at 9:56 pm by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

advisory   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!

49 Responses to “Dangerous Pier Currents”

  1. Raining here in Byron Center (Moderately). Deck is wet and the roads are wet as well.

  2. fixxxer says:

    Yet another fall like cold morning.

    1. Paul m says:

      Dude your never happy!

  3. Tom says:

    Maybe Rocky can try pier jumping as his new sport of choice! Won’t be long and we’ll get to hear about his imaginary ski trips every weekend!

    1. matt says:

      + a gazillion

  4. kevin. w says:

    Fix get out and do something I don’t care what it is, go for a walk, go to the beach, get and enjoy something out in Michigan bud its not cold or snowing there or is it. Its 4 in the morning here in Alaska headin to Denali for the next week then Glacier Park. Lots of bear and moose/elk out and even saw a few of the wolves. Lots of little cabins in the wild and ALOT of wild life, you name it its here. Plus alot of dead pines/cedars/trees as the bug population has taken its toll on the climate. I’m aiming to try and talk to one of DNR guys here about the trees as I use to own a tree/landscape company so am quite interested in the devastation on the trees. Beautiful early morning here and even saw some the northern lights last night here. Have to keep your trash contained as I remember the last time I was up here when we had a friend (Mr. Bear) visit our trash bag one morning, you don’t worry about that back home. Have a good day, even you fix. :)

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      I’ve never been to Alaska, but I’ve been to Glacier. Sounds like a fun trip, enjoy.

  5. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Great mild weekend with some of the best storms I’ve ever seen!

    I’ll be posting some pics here shortly

    1. Nathan (Forest Hills) says:

      The return of the cool weather again sure is refreshing, isn’t it? ;)

      1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

        Yep, feels good after mid 80′s and muggy Saturday and Sunday

  6. SPC has us in the “See Text” area here in West Michigan, mainly for the hail threat coming on Tuesday in the afternoon.

    Here is what they say:

    DAYTIME HEATING BENEATH COOL TEMPERATURES ALOFT WILL LEAD TO AROUND
    500 J/KG MLCAPE. THE STRONG HEATING AND LACK OF CIN WILL LEAD TO
    WIDESPREAD CONGESTUS WITH A FEW NW-SE ORIENTED CONFLUENCE BANDS AND
    LAKE BREEZES LOCALLY ENHANCING CONVERGENCE. MOISTURE WILL BE
    SUFFICIENT FOR HAIL GIVEN THE LAPSE RATES ALOFT…AND DEEP-LAYER
    SHEAR MAY EVEN FAVOR A FEW LONG-LIVED CORES. OVERALL COVERAGE OF
    SEVERE IS EXPECTED TO REMAIN ISOLATED…BUT SUB-SEVERE HAIL COULD
    OCCUR WITH MANY OF THE CELLS.

    http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day2otlk.html

  7. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    It’s a cloudy and very cool 62° here at this time. We will have to see just how cool the high temp is today here in GR, We will not set a record for the day as the coldest maximum temp for July 28th in GR is just 61 set in 1981 and in 2nd place is a cool 65° set in 1962 and just last year GR only had a high of 67° but if it fails to reach 70° here today it would be only the 4th time in GR it has not reached 70 or better on July 28th (70° is the current 4th place spot) BTW it looks like the high so far for today here in GR was 65° recorded just after midnight last night,
    SlimJim

  8. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Awesome gallery of last night’s epic storms in SE Mich. Haven’t seen a wall cloud like that in a long time.

    http://sendit.wxyz.com/gallery/7658

    1. Brian(Grandville) says:

      Wow, that’s an impressive gallery. You guys really got hammered over there.

      1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

        It was crazy!

    2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      And to think Fixxx said the storms weren’t severe.

    3. Mike(Shepherd, Mi) says:

      Pretty amazing considering no one in michigan was in the slight risk at 8am.

    4. Jerry Hoag says:

      I LOVE THIS GALLERY OF PICTURES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AWESOME MAN!!!!!!! I WISH I COULD HAVE SEEN THESE KIND OF CLOUD FORMATIONS ON THIS SIDE OF THE STATE!!!! BUT MANY THANKS FOR THE PICTURES!!!!!!!!!

  9. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Here’s my pictures of the wall cloud yesterday:

    http://tinypic.com/r/1zzj2fl/8

    http://tinypic.com/r/357hlwx/8

    1. Mike(Shepherd, Mi) says:

      Very nice but that is a shelf cloud.

  10. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    For anyone who thinks it feels “fall like” today, well it fact it is “fall like” as the forecasted high temp for GR of 70° is the average high temp for the 24th of September and that is if it makes it up to 70° with all of the clouds it may not get that warm today. As this colder then average July of 2014 continues. Here are some departures from average from around the state (before this cool down)

    GR -3.7°
    Gaylord -3.5°
    Lansing -3.7°
    Alpena -2.9
    Saginaw -2.1°
    Detroit -3.1°
    Toledo, OH -4.0
    Marquette -3.0
    The Soo -2.9
    And last but not least the “warm” spot in Michigan
    Flint -1.5°
    SlimJim

    1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

      Well, it’s 2pm and GR is already at 70 degrees.

      1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

        Lucky to reach 70 today. Feels chilly out.

      2. Bill Steffen says:

        The mid-afternoon temp. at Holland ST. Park was 49! Coldest temp. in the Lower 48 states!

    2. DF (EGR) says:

      Coldest month since March… yikes.

  11. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Not to down play the storms across Michigan yesterday as storms are expected in late July. But with it almost being noon here in Michigan there are still mostly low 60’s and a lot of mid to upper 50’s being reported in northern lower and upper Michigan that is not to be expected in late July. Not much of a beach day for the state today!
    SlimJim

    1. Travis (Oakland County) says:

      In July 2009, I had 4 days where it didn’t hit 70 degrees.

      Last July had some barely 70 degree days as well.

      1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

        Yeah, what’s up with Julys lately?

        1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          I just read an article about rossby waves a couple of weeks back. It was the first I had heard of them.

        2. Brad says:

          They come up from time to time on Jeff Masters’ blog, and Stu Ostro also has some presentations. Fascinating stuff, and the research is young.

  12. DF (EGR) says:

    Just got back from a visit to Holland State Park and it is absolutely brutal there today… I was shivering with a coat on. There were some miserable vacationers there. After these windy days the Lake Michigan water temp is well below 2009 again, amazing.
    http://coastwatch.glerl.noaa.gov/statistic/avg-sst.php?lk=m&yr=0

    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      Shush, don’t tell that to Travis he will tell you how warm it is in Flint.
      SlimJim

  13. Jack says:

    Good MOANIN’ Monday To All, On This “Cool” September Feeling Day. The only Way out of This ” Cool Pattern” is IMHO ..lawyers + Guns & MONEY !!!! HA…..SPIN :: Warren Zevon – Lawyers, Guns and Money – YouTube
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lP5Xv7QqXiM
    Stay CUEDD………4……… 90 ???……. ;-)

  14. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Well with some sun it did make it up to 70° (so far) in GR but at the airport it now has fallen back down to 69° So bottom line is while its not too bad in the sun in the shade there is a cool breeze. BTW with some sun and that cool breeze I have a temp of 71° here at my house.
    SlimJim

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Perfect weather to start Lions training camp.

  15. Jeremy (Three Rivers) says:

    Well we just got back from vacation in Northern Michigan. The area around Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is amazing. We only got one storm the whole weekend. It was very chilly up there. Lake Michigan was not swimmable (only a few locals and daredevils got in). Even the locals said the water was pretty cold. Most beaches were empty for the most part and all the little towns were more crowded because everyone wanted to stay inland. I could not convince myself it was actually July during that time. We’ve had warmer weather in September up there. In fact, some trees were turning color. The best part was that there is virtually no bugs at all where we were. I never got a mosquito bite the whole time and we spent a lot of time outdoors. It’s so refreshing up there. The sunsets over lake Michigan off the 500ft dunes (the popular scenic overlook on Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive) were beautiful.

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Some maple leaves have already turned around here.

  16. fixxxer says:

    Oh l@@k more rain and cold this week. How lucky are we this year? Craptastic!

  17. Mr. Negative says:

    Perfect late October day in Grand Haven ;/

  18. Jerry Hoag says:

    This guy is so looking forward to the move in October!!!!!!!!!

  19. Travis Ulberg(West of Martin, Allegan County) says:

    I’ve had a high of 67 here according to my home thermometer, and a high of 66 according to my phone. This July has definitely reminded of the summer of ’09.

  20. michael g (SE GR) says:

    Try to spin this as warm Travis….

    “At 5 p.m., the National Weather Service weather station at Holland State Park reported 49 degrees. That was the coldest temperature reading in the lower 48 states.”

    Too bad it wasn’t Flint.

    1. MichiganWon says:

      Now there’s something to be proud of. Nothing says welcome summer visitors like 49 degrees on July. Why would you wear that like a badge of honor?

  21. Today was a chaotic day and glad it’s over. Mom was rushed to butterworth hospital with severe chest pain, spent many hours at the hospital, and now I am back home. Glad to be home relaxing and glad it was nothing serious. There is more in life to worry about than if its hot or cold outside. There are better things to be concerned about in life.

    1. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:

      Amen.

    2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      I hope she’s alright.

    3. Eileen (Hesperia) says:

      Hope your mom is o.k. Kyle !!

    4. John (Norton Shores) says:

      Hope she’s alright!

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