Chilly at Lake Michigan

August 12th, 2014 at 12:30 pm by under Bill's Blog, Weather

shn glerl  4:10 pm – 0.58″ in the last 7 hours in G.R., 0.87″ total since midnight – finally I get some rain at my house!  So far today:  .09″ Muskegon, .02″ Holland, just a trace at Kalamazoo and Battle Creek.   This is a midday shot of the S. Haven pier (breakwater).  Water is coming over the pier – not the place to be today.  At the Muskegon Beach, the temperature at 3 pm was just 54° with a north-northwest wind of 20 mph.   Beach water temps. are mostly in the low 60s and they could drop into the 50s with the north wind stirring up colder water from below the surface.  The mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (40 miles west of Holland) shows waves of 8.2 feet, a north wind at 26.8 mph and an air temperature of 60.6°.   Reeds Lake in East G.R. has a water temp. of 75°.   Only a few dying sprinkles left and they will exit before 10 pm.  Dearborn had the most rain in SE Lower Michigan.  One rain gauge there had 6.31″ as of 8 am Tues. and another had 6.16″.  More and links in the thread below.

61 Responses to “Chilly at Lake Michigan”

  1. DF (EGR) says:

    Just when it gets close to 2009 levels it crashes back down.

  2. The lake has been cold for a while now. It’s really no surprise anymore

    1. Barb says:

      I thought it was pretty nice on Sunday. I went in.

  3. Rocky (Rockford) says:

    Sounds great. Keep the facts rolling Bill!

    1. matt says:

      And what does the weather look like for Saturday-Wednesday? Not that you would know because, you live in the basement drinking big gulps and zebra cakes.

      1. fixxxer says:


  4. Jim S (Saugatuck Twp) says:

    At 1:30, our temp dropped to 59.4…back to 59.9 now. I just looked at July..we had a high temp below 70 7 times and July was 0.5 degrees cooler than June here. The lake has really kept temps down this summer on top of what would already be a cooler than normal summer.

  5. I am really looking foreward to late September and early October now. We have a family fall color trip we are going on. We are going to ride the Lake Huron shoreline from Bay City up to Alpena or maybe Rogers City along Highway 23. Never been to that part of Michigan before

    1. Of course we will go off the main road to the back country to look a well. Sometimes there are better colors there

    2. Barb says:

      My cottage is off US 23 between Rogers City & Cheboygan. We love it!

  6. Would anyone know when areas up in Northeast Lower have the best fall colors? Lets say Arenac, Iosco, Ogemaw, and Alcona counties?

    1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

      Many years ago I lived in both Bay City and Alpena. To see the best color you should get off US 23 and take the back roads if you can. If on a color tour the first two week of October would be much better (normally) then late September. One good area to go would be west of Oscoda along the Au Aable River and if you have a chance check out the Lumbermen’s Monument. Years ago there used to be a river boat that ran up and down the river from the dam at the river on M 65 but now it looks to be closer to Oscoda instead.


      1. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

        And here is some info on the monument


        1. Thanks for the thoughts and info Slim!

  7. fixxxer says:

    Craptastic summer all around.

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      More whining and complaining even though this has been the BEST SUMMER EVER! Imagine that!

      1. Tim (Spring Lake says:

        That is all a matter of opinion Rocky. Surprisingly enough, many people around here LIKE warm weather in the summer. Who knew?

      2. matt says:

        What have you done all summer? You sit and make weather models out of Lincoln logs, mooch off your mom, and play wii golf. You no doubt run around the basement screaming you’re Chci Rodriquez.

        1. matt says:

          * Chi Chi Rodriguez

        2. fixxxer says:


        3. Bill Steffen says:

          I actually played 18 holes of golf with Chi Chi. I first saw him at the Western Open Golf Tournament in 1970 at Beverly Country Club. I was working as a volunteer at the tournament and a thunderstorm came up. Chi Chi, me and about 20 spectators took shelter in a little storm shelter on the far side of the course. He told jokes and stories for about an hour until the rain stopped. He also spent an hour signing autographs for everyone after the golf concluded. Nice guy, great golfer.

        4. Mark (East Lansing) says:

          The guy was a character. The whole sword dance jig with his putter was great.

  8. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    No crash in water temps yet. Lake Huron is still right at average. And Lake Superior just about average.

    Lake Michigan remains the coolest relative to average. About 2 degrees shy.

    1. Barb says:

      Lake Huron has been pleasant this summer. The rivers are wonderful for kayaking.

  9. INDY says:

    Wow its nice a and cool outside what a great day to have off from work and come home from a nice ride up north!! INDYY!!

  10. Travis (Oakland County) says:

    Wow, just reading through the storm reports from yesterday!

    -Yesterday was the 2nd wettest day EVER for Detroit, barely missing the all-time record of 4.75″ that occurred in 1929.

    -That’s two months of rain that fell in just 4 or 5 hours!

    -Over 1,000 vehicles have been abandoned on major thoroughfares.

    -The northern Detroit suburb of Warren, where 5″ of rain fell, has declared a state of emergency.

    -The Rouge River in Detroit crested 4.5′ above flood stage on Tuesday morning, August 12, 2014. This was the 5th highest crest since 1950.

    1. Mike(Shepherd, Mi) says:

      Good info thanks!

      1. Brian(Grandville) says:

        That’s close to a 14′ rise in 12 hours, impressive indeed.

  11. INDY says:

    I have a temp of 59* out at thee YARDofBRICKS that’s cool for this time of year should it be in the low 80′s now!! What a cool summer we are having when was the last time we had no 90′s in a summer!! Well I am glad the grass is getting a bath!! INDYY!!!

    1. Rocky (Rockford) says:

      What – it has been below average this summer? Who would have thought? According to Travis it has been an above temp summer! What a propaganda machine! he is delusional!

  12. SlimJim NW GR (1) says:

    Its a cool and kind of damp 63° here and GR did get some nice rain today here at my house its now up to 0.91″

    1. Barb says:

      Yea! We’ve finally had some beneficial rain in GR!

  13. Mark (East Lansing) says:

    Yep, here comes the front.

  14. DF (EGR) says:

    It looks pretty certain that the high temp today was at midnight and -13° below normal… one chilly day. Very close to top 3 coldest high temps for this date, maybe top 10.

    1. Cliff(KZOO) says:

      Say it ain’t so??

    2. Michael g (se GR) says:

      Very unusual summer day to see temps fall during daylight hours. 69* here at 7 am, 61* at 7 pm.

  15. Jack says:

    On August 12 in Southwest Lower Michigan…

    The temperature hits 96 degrees at Lansing for a record high. The record for the coolest high temperature is set exactly one hundred years later in 1964, when the high is only 62 degrees at Lansing
    A summer cool spell sets several record lows over the course of a week. On this date, Muskegon falls to 45 degrees for a record low.

    1. DF (EGR) says:

      We could see 40′s this week on multiple nights…

  16. Jeff (Portland) says:

    Been in the right spot for rain here lately .. Received an inch of rain combined from last night and today’s moisture.

  17. John (Norton Shores) says:

    Wzzm already has 91 in their 10 day forecast for the 22nd, which is quite a ways out to forecast a 90 degree day, but I have been hearing that we could see a switch to hot weather by the end of August. Anybody else been hearing this or is it just me?

    1. Brian (Grandville) says:

      NWS afternoon update mentions temps should max out around 80 this weekend, and early next week. I would gladly take that forecast.

    2. fixxxer says:

      Ill believe it when i see it. We have had more days like today this spring and summer than i can count. Seriously hate michigan weather.

      1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

        No kidding? This is the first I’ve heard of it.

  18. Steven(Cadillac) says:

    Rained all day here.

    when is the peak time for the meteor shower?

    1. Brian (Grandville) says:

      Tonight, I think it will clear out sometime. With the full moon, they say to look to the sky early before the moon takes over. It should eliminate a lot of the faint ones, but the bright ones will definitely be vissible. No moon next year.

    2. Jack says:

      OR…. For those of you who prefer to do their sky gazing on the computer (or if you just can’t get outside at the shower’s peak), NASA will live stream a view of the meteor shower from the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. The agency is also hosting a live chat with a team of meteor experts.

      Happy sky watching!
      Stay CUEDD & Keep Looking UP!!

      1. Brian(Grandville) says:

        Got a link Jack.

      2. Jo Anne says:

        Yup! Keep looking up! Our redemption draws nearer every passing day…..+…..<

        1. Jack says:

          AMEN……Sister !!! Soon and very soon We are Going to see ” THE KING” !!!!

  19. Mr. Negative says:

    ADA – Rainfall = 1.20

  20. Michael g (se GR) says:

    Hear that fix? It’s fall knocking on your door. Dig it.

    1. fixxxer says:

      Fall isnt even this cold. This has to trump 2009 and then some. We didnt even have a real summer here this year. One more year of this and were for sure looking at florida.

      1. Michael g (se GR) says:


      2. Mark (East Lansing) says:

        We know, we know, as long as we pay for the move.

      3. Rocky (Rockford) says:

        Good riddance you loser!

  21. Ending rain total for Byron Center from this system: 0.11″

    0.51″ so far for the month of August here.

    1. Brent - Zeeland says:

      Kyle – I had .22 here in Zeeland. We seemed to get missed again.

  22. Bernie at the lakeshore says:

    Nice red sunset over Lake Michigan tonight. I think there was a bit of western wildfire smoke in it.

  23. Jack says:

    WAY OFF Weather Topic……But, I found This a Interesting READ ::: Sinjar Mountains – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    The Sinjar Mountains (Arabic: جبل سنجار‎; also Shengar/Shengal Mountains; Kurdish: … consider the highest to be the place where Noah’s Ark settled after the biblical flood. … Survival Among The Kurds: A History of the Yezidis (revised ed.).

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