Monday, February 25, 2013
Lake Michigan water levels are down about 17 inches since June 2012.
The water levels in Lake Michigan are down more than five feet since 1997 and the low lake levels could represent significant launching hazards for boaters as well swimmers along the North Shore, Glencoe News reported. At Winnetka's Elder Lane Park beach, the swimming boundaries are currently only at waist level and moving swimmers further out could put swimmers in higher traffic boating areas, Glencoe News reported.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
While the East Coast will get the brunt of the huge storm, the weather system also is prompting gale watch on Lake Michigan. Winds up to 60 mph and waves up to 22 feet are forecast.
As residents on the East Coast prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, the National Weather Service is warning of high waves and winds on Lake Michigan as well. The service has issued a gale watch in effect Monday night through Tuesday. The watch will be in effect for a stretch of the lake that starts in Sheboygan, WI, goes through Illinois and Indiana, and ends up at South Haven, MI. The affected area will be from 5 nautical miles from the shoreline to about the middle of the lake, the weather service said. Winds up to 60 mph are expected along the lakeshore from late Monday through Tuesday evening, according to the National Weather Service. This will cause waves up to 22 feet along the Cook County shoreline. A lakeshore flood watch …
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
The National Weather Service has issued an alert for areas near Lake Michigan.
A high wind watch for areas near Lake Michigan has been issued by the National Weather Service from Wednesday afternoon until Thursday morning, as reported by the Chicago Tribune. Areas under the watch include Lake and Cook counties in Illinois and Lake and Porter counties in Indiana. Winds of 30 to 40 MPH with gusts up to 60 MPH are expected. The very strong winds “could result in minor wind damage…downed tree limbs and power lines,” according to the National Weather Service. To read the entire story, visit the Chicago Tribune. For more information, visit the National Weather Service.
Friday, September 2, 2011
Heading to the beach for some last-chance fun in the sun before fall? Read this first.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Andrea Hart
Friday, September 2, 2011
Half of the 62 Great Lakes drownings this summer have occurred in Lake Michigan. And, last weekend marked the highest number of rip tide-related deaths across the Great Lakes Region for 2011. Five people drowned in Lake Michigan, including14-year-old Tristan Shambee, between Aug. 26 and 28, according to the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project (GLSRP). In light of the recent deaths and the upcoming Labor Day weekend, the U.S. Coast Guard issued a general safety reminder Wednesday. Rip currents "are powerful channels of water flowing quickly away from the shore," according to the National Weather Service. "Rip currents are a lot stronger than other waves and not as easy as to see in lakes as they are in the ocean," said Dave Benjamin, class …