Last Week – Close: Friday was right on and conditions were pretty good up north. Saturday was tough. The southern portion of the Lake Michigan was windy all day, but for the middle and northern sections it was a bit off and on. It took a lot longer for the wind finally clock NW for Holland to Grand Haven and it even stayed slightly offshore to the north from Muskegon up to LSP. Manistee and Frankfort had north wind, but not as strong as Grand Haven and Holland. Sunday was a light wind day.
Tally So Far: Nailed It – 0, Close – 1, Way Off – 0
Today: The wind is going to pick up out of the NW later this afternoon up into the 20 to 30 knot range. However, it will be accompanied by snow and really cold temps.
Saturday: There should be some leftover N wind in the morning, but then towards mid day it is going to come down some. There will be 10 to 15 knots out of the NW in the afternoon. Still really cold. There could be some really nice waves in the morning at Muskegon and Grand Haven for surfing.
Sunday: Some potential here with the wind picking up out of the south to the 15 to 25 knot range. A couple variables will determine how kiteable it will be. One will be that the wind direction is going to start off SE which means offshore and gusty. Will it come around to the S or SSW during the afternoon? Also, it is forecast to rain/snow. How heavy will that be? I think unfortunately it is going to stay SE.
Last week we didn’t get out kiteboarding, it was just too cold, but we did snap some pictures of the conditions Saturday afternoon once the skies cleared and the wind picked up to 30+knots. Two local surfers took advantage of the waves.
Next weekend looks promising for some warmer weather at least!
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