Grant keeps weather buoy afloat in Lake Michigan

Published On: Dec 29 2012 04:29:51 AM EST
Updated On: Dec 29 2012 02:11:20 PM EST
Weather buoy

NOAA

HOLLAND, Mich. -

A weather buoy will remain in afloat in Lake Michigan off Holland compiling data on wind speed and direction, air temperature, wave height and surface water temperature.

The Holland Sentinel reports the buoy will be deployed three miles off Port Sheldon from May through November.

The cost of operating the buoy over the next three years will be covered by a $100,000 grant. More funding is being sought to add equipment that can measure water temperature and do real-time image and video recording.

The data can be used to improve forecasts, alert swimmers and boaters, and aid in search and rescue operations.

The buoy was two miles off Tunnel Park last summer.

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