The National Weather Service (NWS) in Green Bay is issuing new weather messages to alert the public of possible hazards at beaches on Lake Michigan in east-central and northeast Wisconsin. Part of being safe on the beach means checking the wave and weather conditions before leaving the house--"Know Before You Go." These beach forecasts will typically be issued from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
The NWS in Green Bay will issue a daily "Recreational Beach Forecast" for northeast and east-central Wisconsin beaches on Lake Michigan from Rock Island to Manitowoc by 5 AM CDT so potential beach-goers have ample time to plan their day. This forecast will give information about that day's expected beach conditions including air and water temperature, wind speed and direction, and wave heights. In addition to the daily forecasts, each day will be assigned a "swim risk." The risk level is associated with waves and currents at the shore.