Weekend Kiteboarding Forecast 4/23 and 4/24

Last Week – Close:  Even though it was about as calm as I’ve ever seen the lake last weekend, it was a really great weather!  Friday and Saturday was dead calm and I was too optimistic about Sunday.  Dead calm again.

Tally So Far:  Nailed It – 0, Close – 3, Way Off – 0

Water Temp:  Low 40’s

Today: Wind has been strong out of the north all morning now along the northern half of the lakeshore.  Wind to 25 knots at the Manistee Harbor.  This should gradually come down over the course of the afternoon.  Due to the direction of the wind, the middle portion of the lakeshore has not had good wind yet.  However, the wind should clock NW around mid afternoon and pick up to 20 knots.  It won’t last very long and will come down by early evening.  The bottom of the lake will be strong all day long with wind from 15 to 25 knots.

Manistee Cam 4.22.16
Looking South at the Pier Head in Manistee this morning


Saturday: Light and variable winds.  No thermal potential either.  Should be a nice day though.

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Sunday: The wind is going to pick up out of the Southeast in the morning and it should come around to the South in the afternoon.  It will be in the low 20 knot range for the afternoon.  A little light rain could be around also.  This is for from Holland up to LSP.  To the north the wind won’t be as strong and the rain will be heavier..

Well we got out and rode on the east wind we had earlier this week.  It was a pretty fun session on Muskegon Lake with big kites.  I was really happy with my new Ocean Rodeo 14.5m Flite light wind kite.  I was powered up and ripping upwind with ease.  Wind was probably about 12 to 15 knots, so definitely not super light but a good range for the big kites to be out in.

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  • Not looking as good today as was hoping. Going to be light wind to 10 knots out of the south

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