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Lakes Michigan-Huron water levels – May 8

Lakes Michigan-Huron water levels – May 8 L. Michigan-Huron is projected to be 9 inches above a year ago; L. Superior is expected to be 3 inches below a year ago. Also, L. Superior and Michigan-Huron are 3 inches above their record high May monthly levels. In one month, both lakes are expected to be 2 to 3 inches higher. Read More 2020 TNN Spring News

Sea like conditions apply to East Bay except no tides

Sea like conditions apply to East Bay except no tides. Knowledge starts with alongshore conditions which vary from one lot to the next: Reach – width of the land; Fetch – open water to build wind/waves; Direction – compass point of wind. Once Reach, Fetch, Direction are understood, consider soil, vegetation, land profile. Read More 2020 TNN Spring News

Preserving beaches and bluffs starts with wind direction.

Preserving beaches and bluffs starts with wind direction. This ’wind rose’ (think of compass rose) is for Grand Traverse Light at the tip of Leelanau County, north of Northport. Prevailing SWW winds occurred 5.5% of the time; nearly one-half of wind was 15 to 20+ mph for the period December 2007 to April 2020. Read More 2020 TNN Spring News

A Life Well Lived Along the Sea

A Life Well Lived Along the Sea. As a boy on the Netherlands’ North Sea, I visited Texel Island. Here two Seas join (as Michigan-Huron join at the Straits). With an Old Salt, I watched boats dump their catch and listened as he named fish and told tales of men lost at sea. I was hooked ‘til today, on East Bay Coast, habitat and lifestyle. Read More 2020 TNN Spring News

Whaling and Other Lake Michigan Tales

Whaling and Other Lake Michigan Tales - Traverse City Visitor Center gets a lot of questions from visiting out-of-towners. The oddest might be the ones about whale-watching tours. Traverse City is nearly 800 miles from the nearest ocean, but its sandy beaches and maritime ambiance seem to persuade visitors they're at the seashore. Read More 2020 TNN Winter News