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Here's Your Guide to Lake Michigan Weather

Check out this guide to wind, waves and weather on Lake Michigan.


Lake Michigan Water Temperatures

Probably the number one reason people search Lake Michigan for are water temperatures. Real-time measurements are recorded by the buoys while the shoreline temperatures are reported around 10 a.m. each day from selected state parks. Our team of meteorologists update those temperatures from satellite-estimated readings. 

 >>Click here for the most recent water temperatures map<<

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Lake Michigan Rip Current Risks

Rip currents are the number one killer on the Great Lakes. Four times each day our meteorologists update the swim risk at the beaches: grey means a low risk, yellow a moderate risk and red a high risk for swimmers.  

>>Click here for the latest rip current risk map<<

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Beach Forecasts

If you need more precise information about Lake Michigan conditions and forecasts we also offer individual county beach forecasts. These are updated twice daily.

>>Click here for Allegan County, including Saugatuck S.P.<<

>>Click here for Muskegon County, including Pere Marquette S.P.<<

>>Click here for Oceana County, including Mears S.P.<<

>>Click here for Ottawa County, including Holland and Grand Haven S.P.<<

>>Click here for Van Buren County, including South Haven beaches<<

One item we do not share are the beach flags. The status the swimming flags are up to individual state park officials and can change more often than can be updated here. Respect the flags, especially on High Risk days.

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Water Levels

Lakeshore homeowners and boaters are always interested in the level of the Great Lakes and how it affect property and safe navigation. The water levels are updated weekly on Fridays, year-round.

>>Click here for the latest Lake Michigan water levels<<

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Lake Michigan Wind and Wave Forecasts

Throughout the day our team of meteorologists update the wind and waves with a 12-hour forecast.

You can also find all this information on our website under the Beach and Boating Forecast tab.

Whatever your reason always respect the power of the Great Lakes in addition to having safe and fun activities!

Chief Meteorologist George Lessens

George is a graduate of Penn State University working for 13 ON YOUR SIDE for over 42 years. He is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM), a thirteen-time MAB® Weathercast Award Winner, two-time EMMY® Award Winner, NATAS® Silver Circle Award Winner, and Weather-Ready Nation® Ambassador. 

Contact me at: GeorgeLessens@13OnYourSide.com

Follow me on Twitter @glessens and Facebook GeorgeLessensWZZM

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