Lake Temperatures on the Rise

It's no secret that Lower Michigan (and much of the nation, for that matter) had a ferocious winter. The vast extent and duration of Lake Michigan's ice was further supported by cooler spring temperatures and weather conditions, which extended its welcome. Now that the ice is gone and Memorial Day weekend has arrived, many are waiting for water temperatures to warm for the long awaited recreational season.

Recent model runs are showing a trend that could be swinging the right direction. In the animation below, cooler temperatures are depicted by the blues and greens, while the warmer temperatures are up the scale toward the yellows, oranges and reds. The model begins early this morning around 8 a.m. and ends on the morning of Wednesday, May 28th. It becomes evident that within the next several days, temperatures at the south end of Lake Michigan warm as high as the low to mid 60s. Water surface temperatures further north around the edges of the lake (mainly shallow waters) begin to follow suit.