Beach hazard in effect

August 21, 2013

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Superior Electric Beach/Outdoors Report.

Here are the current weather conditions for Mason County (including Pentwater) as of noon today. The National Weather Service has issued a beach hazard advisory. See below for details.

An air quality alert remains in effect today as well.

Lake Michigan water temperatures: 

Stearns Park, Ludington: 66 degrees F

Ludington State Park: 67 degrees F

Summit Park: 66 degrees F

Charles Mears State Park, Pentwater: 66 degrees F

First Street Beach, Manistee: 68 degrees F

Little Sable Point: 68 degrees F

 There is an air quality alert today. 

Afternoon weather:

Ludington: Sunny with temperatures reaching 82 degrees F. Humidity: 58%; wind: south-southwest at 19 mph.

Scottville: Sunny with temperatures reaching 87 degrees F. Humidity: 57%; wind: west-southwest at 15 mph.

 Pentwater: Sunny with temperatures reaching 87 degrees F. Humidity: 57%; wind: south-southwest at 15 mph.

The National Weather Service in Grand Rapids has issued a beach hazard statement in effect from 6 a.m. This morning until midnight:

Mason
Beach Hazard Statement in effect from 6AM EDT WED until 12AM EDT THU

BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM EDT WEDNESDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING

HIGH WAVE ACTION AND DANGEROUS SWIMMING CONDITIONS EXPECTED.
STRONG STRUCTURAL CURRENTS

EXPECTED.
STRONG LONGSHORE CURRENTS

EXPECTED.
RIP CURRENTS

POSSIBLE.
LOCATION

BEACHES FROM WHITEHALL TO MANISTEE.
OVERVIEW/POTENTIAL IMPACTS

SOUTH WINDS WILL INCREASE EARLY WEDNESDAY TO 25 TO 30 MPH. THIS WILL CAUSE WAVES TO BUILD TO 3 TO 5 FEET. SOUTH FACING PIERS AND BREAKWALLS WILL BE SUSCEPTIBLE TO STRONG STRUCTURAL CURRENTS. ADDITIONALLY LONGSHORE CURRENTS ALONG THE SHORE LINE ARE EXPECTED AND RIP CURRENTS ARE POSSIBLE TOO. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

BE SURE OF YOUR SWIMMING ABILITY. CHILDREN SHOULD NOT ENTER THE WATER UNSUPERVISED AND WITHOUT A CERTIFIED FLOTATION DEVICE. CAUTION SHOULD BE USED WHEN IN OR NEAR THE WATER. PAY ATTENTION TO FLAGS AND SIGNS POSTED NEAR BEACH ACCESS POINTS AND LIFEGUARD STATIONS. HIGH WAVE ACTION ALONE CAN MAKE SWIMMING DIFFICULT ON DAYS SUCH AS THIS. INCOMING WAVES IN RAPID SUCCESSION CAN TIRE A SWIMMER QUICKLY. STRUCTURAL CURRENTS FORM ALONG PIERS WHERE LONGSHORE CURRENTS AND WAVE ACTION FLOW INTO THE STRUCTURE. STRUCTURAL CURRENTS CAN SWEEP YOU OUT LAKEWARD ALONG THE PIER STRUCTURE. A LONGSHORE CURRENT IS A LAKE CURRENT THAT MOVES PARALLEL TO SHORE. LONGSHORE CURRENTS CAN BE STRONG ENOUGH TO PREVENT SWIMMERS FROM BEING ABLE TO KEEP THEIR FEET ON THE BOTTOM

MAKING IT DIFFICULT TO RETURN TO SHORE. RIP CURRENTS ARE POWERFUL CHANNELS OF WATER FLOWING QUICKLY AWAY FROM SHORE

WHICH OCCUR MOST OFTEN AT LOW SPOTS OR BREAKS IN SANDBARS. RIP CURRENTS CAN SWEEP YOU OUT LAKEWARD. PLEASE VISIT THE FOLLOWING WEBSITE TO SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE NEW BEACH HAZARDS STATEMENT

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