Winter is a spectacular time to visit Great Lakes shorelines. Intense storms lead to massive waves crashing over breakwaters and lighthouses with stunning dark skies as backdrops. But while these waves and weather make for interesting viewing, they can also be life threatening.
According to the Michigan Sea Grant, the months of October, November and December are when extremely windy days kick up massive waves across all five of the Great Lakes. Buoys run by the Great Lakes Observation System, a critical Great Lakes information-collecting network, recorded unprecedented wave height on Lake Superior in October 2017. Waves reached an incredible 28.8 feet in height.