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5-foot waves already building along Lake Michigan shore; swift currents expected MLive (8/13) Stiff northwest winds upwards of 25 mph by noon Tuesday are expected to spur 4- to 7-foot waves across the West Michigan shoreline. Water pushed against piers and break walls will create swift currents that could pull swimmers out to open water. Long winter affecting Lake Michigan water temperature Wisconsin State Journal (7/10) The long, cold winter of 2013-14 is having a chilling effect on Lake
Ice cover data Canadian Ice Service (1/15) Check this site for daily ice cover charts for the five Great Lakes. Thickness and stages of ice development are shown. State of the Great Lakes: Michigan's record heat leads to unusually warm water MLive (7/12) The Great Lakes are heating up earlier than usual this year, reaching temperatures typically seen in late August or early September. Jet fuel dumped over Lake Michigan likely will degrade within a week, experts say Chicago Tribune (7/2) A Japan-bound commercial airliner landed safely at O'Hare International Airport Monday afternoon after dumping about 4 percent of its total fuel load over Lake Michigan in order to land safely. Steady decline in lake levels: Sad fact of life Leelanau Enterprise (1/22) While water levels in the Great Lakes have been steadily dropping for several years, they seemed to fall unabridged in 2007. Recent reports indicate that a new record low in Lake Michigan is within reach should dry conditions persist.
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Lake Michigan Experimental Marine Forecast Products NOAA Central Region Headquarters Point-specific and zonal marine forecast products for southern Lake Michigan.
Lake Michigan Open Water Text Forecast National Weather Service
Real-Time Meteorological Observation Network NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) Access to near real-time winds, air temperatures, and live WebCam images from 6 coastal sites on southern Lake Michigan.
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Lake Michigan Surface Water Temperatures Michigan Sea Grant Contour maps of surface water temps. This site uses satellite imagery from the Great Lakes CoastWatch Node to "build" a composite map of surface temps.
Lake Michigan Temperature Profiles NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL)
Lake Michigan Temperature Transects NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL)
Lake Michigan Water Temperatures NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL)
Beach Health Wisconsin Great Lakes Beaches Beach Health allows access to information on Great Lakes beaches in Wisconsin.
Great Lakes BeachCast Great Lakes Information Network An Internet gateway to information on Great Lakes beach conditions, including health advisories, weather, monitoring data and more.
Illinois Beach Conditions Illinois Department of Public Health
Indiana's Lake Michigan Beaches Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Program Obtain current Lake Michigan water quality conditions at Lake, Porter and Laporte County beaches throughout the swimming season.
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality – Online Beach Monitoring System Michigan Department of Environmental Quality To search for a beach or other location, enter any part of the beach name or waterbody name into the search box on the top of this page and click "GO".
Michigan Recreational Fishing Report Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Comprehensive Michigan fishing report covering Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair, and Lake Erie fisheries.
Indiana Fishing Reports Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Indiana fishing reports by county.
Lake Michigan Outdoor Fishing Report Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources A fishing report generated by the Lake Michigan Work Unit office located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The report is produced on Mondays and Thursdays from March 1 to December 1 each year and contains fishing information from Sheboygan to Kenosha.
Thumb Harbor Fishing Report Great Lakes Fishing Charters
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Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System : Customer Advisories Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System Updates and advisories for Great Lakes locks and canals.
Western Great Lakes Ice Analysis NOAA National Ice Center
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GLIN: Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region
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