For you courageous souls who participate in Black Friday deals at the stores, good luck to you. I am not one to face the crowds let alone those on the one day of the year when many can be rabid to experience deep price cuts.
We had a peaceful Thanksgiving yesterday, however it is my turn for K.P. duty to peel and cut 20 pounds of potatoes today and prepare the turkey for roasting.
Here is the NWS take on the storm surge on Lake Michigan on the 27th.
Already high water levels on Lake Michigan combined with a storm surge on Wednesday November 27th, to produce water levels at Holland reaching levels not seen in 34 years. The last time it appears water levels were near this height at Holland was back in December of 1985. The levels on December 2nd 1985 reached 583.15ft. Yesterday we reached 582.98ft, only 0.17 feet off of the high. Strong westerly winds of 45-65 mph yesterday produced a sustained storm surge in the afternoon and evening, with the peak occurring near or just after dark Wednesday evening. The water level surge produced flooding in many beach towns as water pushed over the beach or through pier heads (through the channel) and into the inland lakes like Lake Macatawa. Ludington water levels were also very high, reaching 582.77ft on 11/27/19, with the high mark there being 582.80ft occurring in September of 1986. The storm surge in events like these are a steady rise occurring over hours due to the push of wind and water.
I wonder if we will have a snow event with high winds this winter – it certainly has been a wet and windy fall.
We are not seeing any severe Arctic outbreaks in the near term – temps will remain near 40° for daytime highs and near 30 for overnight lows. Our next system will not be the wind maker we saw earlier this week, we will however see some snow and ice mainly north of Grand Rapids later tomorrow into Sunday.