High Winds, Big Waves on Lake Michigan!

2/19/16 – This was an unusually warm, very windy, springlike day in Michigan. 60F and sunshine dominated most of the afternoon. The wind gusts were powerful, some of which were very high. Numerous high wind reports reaching into the 50-60mph range were received. One gust of 70mph was reported at Ford Airport in Grand Rapids. Overall, a very warm, and windy day. I planned for this day in advance. The models showed a potent storm system with a warm surge of air, and very strong winds. I wanted to go down to Lake Michigan to shoot the waves crashing over the pier and lighthouse, as well as see what the ice situation looked like down there. After a mild winter overall, most of the Lake Michigan shoreline was free of ice, except for the ice which had been piled up by waves on the beach. Still, there were many ice chunks floating around in the water which created some pretty amazing scenes.

I stayed out there for a few hours along with many other people who were out there documenting the wave action. I was able to get some pretty amazing photos and video footage while down there. I set up shop near the Grand Haven, MI Pier and Lighthouse. One of my favorite places on the shores of Lake Michigan. The view I had was spectacular. I moved up and down the ice shelf on the beach shooting tons of photos and numerous video clips as well. It was one of the most beautiful things I have ever watched. The sunshine, the water full of ice chunks with huge rolling waves crashing all over around me. Just amazing! Below is a video of the wave action from start to finish, and below that is a collection of photos from this wonderful day. My day ended by getting absolutely soaked by a surprise wave that crashed into the ice shelf and the pier, engulfing me and my cameras. I did manage to get a photo of the wave that soaked me, that is at the end of this article, along with a shot of my cameras full of sand and water in the aftermath. Enjoy!!

Chuck Russell

I shoot photos and videos of various different types of events related to weather, nature, motorsports, breaking news, and more and share what I capture with the world at StormyPleasures.com

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