South Haven Weather Buoy Deployed

DATE: April 29, 2015

SOUTH HAVEN WEATHER BUOY DEPLOYED

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – (South Haven, Michigan) The South Haven Weather Buoy has been placed in service for the 2015 season. The weather and wave monitoring buoy was deployed on Tuesday, April 28, in Lake Michigan approximately two miles offshore of South Haven, Michigan.

Real-time observations from the buoy are available freely to the public online at http://bit.ly/shbuoylink. A link to webcam images and video is at the top of the page.

The weather buoy provides wind and wave observations for the nearshore waters of Lake Michigan in the South Haven area. The buoy measures wind speed, wind direction, air temperature, relative humidity, solar radiation, water temperature, wave height, period, direction, and also has a webcam. Individuals can also receive the latest observations via text message by texting 45168 to (734) 418-7299. The service is free to use, however standard text message fees apply.

The weather station is part of a growing nearshore network of buoys currently deployed between Ludington, MI and Michigan City, IN to increase boating and swimming safety along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Purchase of the buoy was assisted by a $50,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) and contributions from local organizations support annual deployment and retrieval costs.

Similar buoys are located within the region near Ludington, Muskegon, Holland/Grand Haven, St. Joseph, Michigan City, and offshore in southern Lake Michigan. The South Haven buoy serves the coast along an area of 70 miles between the Holland and St. Joseph buoys.

The buoy provides real-time, over water observations of present wind and wave conditions. Wind and wave data are used by the NOAA National Weather Service offices in Grand Rapids and Northern Indiana for predicting dangerous boating and beach conditions due to high waves and rip currents. In addition the observations are used to check and improve the accuracy of nearshore forecasts.

A number of South Haven organizations have partnered together to support the annual deployment, retrieval, and maintenance cost and to add additional sensors to the buoy. These include major contributions from the City of South Haven, Van Buren County, and Entergy Palisades Nuclear Plant. Other organizations supporting annual maintenance costs include the South Haven Yacht Club, South Haven Steelheaders, Tournament Trail 333, South Haven Convention and Visitors Bureau, Covert Generating Station, US Coast Guard Auxiliary, River Bend Boat Club, South Haven Kiwanis, and the South Haven Chamber of Commerce.

For additional information about the deployment and the project contact:

Ed Verhamme, Project Engineer, LimnoTech, 734-681-0577 or everhamme@limno.com

Paul Vandenbosch, Harbormaster, City of South Haven, 269-637-0775 or pvandenbosch@south-haven.com