Lake Michigan: the deadliest Great Lake
Rip currents were responsible for 70 deaths in the United States in 2017. That's more than tornadoes and lightning combined! And, while not all deaths that occur on the Great Lakes are direct results of rip currents, some are. There have been a total of 641 drownings among the five Great Lakes since 2010. Leading the way is Lake Michigan, which has seen 297 of those 641 drownings. That's good for more than 46% of all Great Lakes drownings! Many of those do happen in near-shore waters near Chicago, Michigan City, New Buffalo, St. Joseph, South Haven, and Muskegon.Thankfully, the waters will be tranquil for the holiday weekend. Winds are expected to remain relatively light through Monday with a few gusts up to 15 MPH possible. Waves will likely remain in check as well with maximum heights not expected to exceed 1 foot. There will also be a lack of thunderstorms for the most part throughout the weekend. This all bodes well for swimming and boating activities. The overall rip current risk and dangerous swimming risk look to remain very low.