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What's New
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 Michigan.

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.

Midwest cities limit water use
Independent Record (7/21)
A drought throughout much of the Midwest has many municipalities limiting the amount of water residents can use, but conserving water can be a tough sell in cities like Chicago, where the city's front yard is Lake Michigan.

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Great Lakes Observations Explorer

Great Lakes Observations ExplorerClick to view real-time and historic lake conditions; water levels, wave heights, air and water temperatures and more from the station or buoy of your choice.

Developed by the Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS), a regional node of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) initiative.


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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.

Surface Weather Forecast
The Weather Underground
Enter a city, state, zip code or station code for the current National Weather Service forecast
Examples: "Albany", "NY", "Albany, NY", "12233", or "ALB"

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Real-Time Water Levels

These maps were prepared in partnership with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and its Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS).

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Water Temperatures
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)

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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".

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Fishing Conditions
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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Lock & Port Updates
Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System : Customer Advisories
Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System
Updates and advisories for Great Lakes locks and canals.

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Ice Conditions
Western Great Lakes Ice Analysis
NOAA National Ice Center

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Related Resources
GLIN: Agencies and Organizations, Weather
GLIN: Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Hydrology
GLIN: Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Water Flows
GLIN: Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Water Levels

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