Saugatuck, MI Marine Weather and Tide Forecast

Marine Weather and Tide Forecast for Saugatuck, MI

December 11, 2023 7:40 AM EST (12:40 UTC)
Sunrise 8:03AM   Sunset 5:12PM   Moonrise  6:51AM   Moonset 3:56PM 

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open lake forecast for lake michigan national weather service milwaukee/sullivan wi 255 am cst Mon dec 11 2023
for waters beyond five nautical miles of shore on lake michigan.
waves are provided as a range of significant wave heights, which is the average of the highest 1/3 of the wave, along with the average height of the highest 10% of the waves which will occasionally be encountered.
high pressure of 30.2 inches along the upper mississippi river valley this morning will slide southeast to the ohio river valley this afternoon, while strong low pressure tracks across far southern hudson bay through Tuesday. Thus light to modest northwest winds this morning will back to brisk southwest winds this afternoon and increasing further tonight. A gale warning has been issued for the north half of the lake tonight. The winds will veer to west northwest and remain brisk for Tuesday and Tuesday night but remain below gale force. Modest westerly winds are expected for Wednesday as high pressure sets up from northern illinois into the ohio river valley.

lmz080-669-671-673-675-777-779-870-872-874-876-878-111630- lake michigan from michigan city in to st. Joseph mi 5 nm offshore to mid lake- lake michigan from sheboygan to port washington wi 5 nm offshore to mid lake- lake michigan from port washington to north point light wi 5 nm offshore to mid lake- lake michigan from north point light to wind point wi 5 nm offshore to mid lake- lake michigan from wind point wi to winthrop harbor il 5 nm offshore to mid lake- lake michigan from winthrop harbor to wilmette harbor il 5 nm offshore to mid lake- lake michigan from wilmette harbor il to michigan city in 5 nm offshore to mid lake- lake michigan from whitehall to pentwater mi 5 nm offshore to mid lake- lake michigan from grand haven to whitehall mi 5 nm offshore to mid lake- lake michigan from holland to grand haven mi 5 nm offshore to mid lake- lake michigan from south haven to holland mi 5 nm offshore to mid lake- lake michigan from st. Joseph to south haven mi 5 nm offshore to mid lake- 255 am cst Mon dec 11 2023
sheboygan wi to pentwater mi south...
Today..West winds 5 to 10 kt becoming southwest 10 to 15 kt. Waves 1 to 3 ft.
Tonight..Southwest winds 10 to 20 kt becoming west to 30 kt. Waves 2 to 4 ft building to 6 to 9 ft occasionally to 12 ft.
Tuesday..West winds to 30 kt. Waves 6 to 9 ft occasionally to 12 ft.
Tuesday night..Northwest winds to 30 kt diminishing to 15 to 25 kt. Waves 5 to 8 ft occasionally to 10 ft.
Wednesday..West winds 10 to 20 kt. Waves 4 to 6 ft occasionally to 8 ft.
Wednesday night..West winds 10 to 15 kt becoming southwest 10 to 20 kt. Waves 3 to 5 ft.
Thursday..Southwest winds 15 to 25 kt. Waves 4 to 6 ft occasionally to 8 ft.
Friday..Southwest winds 15 to 25 kt. Waves 4 to 6 ft occasionally to 8 ft.

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7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Saugatuck, MI
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Area Discussion for - Grand Rapids, MI
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Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Grand Rapids MI 626 AM EST Mon Dec 11 2023


(Today through Tuesday)
Issued at 312 AM EST Mon Dec 11 2023

We have been monitoring observations across the area and outside our door this morning for any evidence that freezing drizzle is "heavy" enough to cause impacts and require the need for messaging about it.

All of the area observations have not shown any kind of restriction to visibility since the snow showers moved through just before midnight. Outside the door here, there is the slightest hint of some very light mist, but it is not freezing on any sfcs so far. The T/Td depression is likely enough to help it evaporate before freezing on sfcs.

The good news is that the very light radar echoes are shrinking in coverage and intensity, and with that the chance for any meaningful frozen pcpn. This is occurring as the upper trough is shifting east of the area, and the cyclonic flow aloft is transitioning to anti- cyclonic flow.

The low level flow will back a bit today eventually to become from the SW. There may be a couple of residual lake effect flurries/light snow showers as the flow becomes more onshore. Forecast soundings indicate a thin layer of the dgz barely being saturated, leading to the light drizzle/freezing drizzle/snow threshold being very close.

It does look like any snow showers will end by this evening.
Indications are that the low clouds will gradually move/erode from SW to NE this evening as lake effect ends as temps aloft warm sufficiently. We will see a weak front try and clip the northern portion of the area late tonight and early Tuesday. This will help low clouds to try to redevelop, and to bring a small chc of pcpn to the U.S.-10 corridor.

That should move out Tuesday morning, and allow skies to try to clear out once again no later than Tuesday evening.

(Tuesday night through Sunday)
Issued at 312 AM EST Mon Dec 11 2023

No significant weather expected through next weekend. A trough axis moves east on Wednesday with shortwave ridging for Thursday. Mostly clear skies are expected for the peak of the Geminid meteor shower on Wednesday night.

Only slight chance POPs in the forecast for Friday with a weak trough and sfc cold front slowly settling south across the Great Lakes. A weak clipper could moves along the front over the weekend.
Forecast soundings show little moisture to work with and the mean path of the sfc low remains north of the forecast area, so little if any QPF is expected.

(For the 12Z TAFS through 12Z Tuesday morning)
Issued at 625 AM EST Mon Dec 11 2023

Radar imagery currently showing small areas of precip in the form of -SHSN or -FZDZ across southwest Lower Michigan but this is very light and should not have any impact on aviation operations.
MVFR conditions will prevail today with ceilings around 2500 feet AGL and cloud tops between 4000 and 5000 feet.

The stratus deck should start to break up this evening with VFR conditions overnight.

Issued at 312 AM EST Mon Dec 11 2023

We are hoisting a Gale Warning for Pentwater to Manistee for tonight, and hoisting a Small Craft Advisory for the rest of the area from this evening through Wednesday.

We are in a relative lull this morning with regards to winds and waves. The gusty winds over the last couple of days have moved out.
This will be short lived as the gradient will pick up out of the SW ahead of a system that will moving by to our north. Winds will diminish a bit after tonight, but will stay up enough until early Wednesday to keep the SCA in effect. Waves do not come down enough until late Wednesday.

LM...Small Craft Advisory from 10 PM this evening to 7 PM EST Wednesday for LMZ844>848.

Gale Warning from 10 PM this evening to 7 AM EST Tuesday for LMZ849.

Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesinHgDewPt
HLNM4 - 9087031 - Holland, MI 23 mi70 min W 6G12 34°F 40°F30.0624°F
45214 24 mi75 min 46°F2 ft
45161 28 mi60 min 45°F1 ft
MKGM4 - Muskegon, MI 31 mi60 min 31°F 30.1523°F
SVNM4 - South Haven, MI 35 mi60 min W 9.9G13 33°F

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AirportDistAgeWind ktVisSkyWeatherTempDewPtRHinHg
KBIV28 sm47 mincalm10 smOvercast32°F25°F74%30.11

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