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  •  Current advisory - Chicago area (2+ / 0-)
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    ladybug53, wonderful world

    from the NWS

    LAKESHORE HAZARD MESSAGE
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHICAGO IL
    1011 AM CDT MON JUL 22 2013

    ILZ006-014-INZ001-002-222315-
    O.CON.KLOT.LS.S.0001.130723T2000Z-130724T1500Z
    LAKE IL-COOK-LAKE IN-PORTER-
    1011 AM CDT MON JUL 22 2013

    ...UNSEASONABLY LARGE WAVES LIKELY TUESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH
    WEDNESDAY MORNING...

    STRONG NORTHERLY WINDS BEHIND A STRONG SUMMER COLD FRONT ARE EXPECTED TUESDAY AFTERNOON INTO TUESDAY NIGHT OVER THE LAKE AND NEAR THE LAKE SHORE. THE STRONG WINDS BLOWING DOWN THE FULL LENGTH OF THE LAKE AND COOLER AIR MOVING OVER THE WARMER LAKE WATERS WILL RESULT IN UNUSUALLY LARGE WAVES FOR SUMMER. CURRENT INDICATIONS
    ARE THAT WAVES COULD BUILD UP TO OR SLIGHTLY OVER 10 FT...PARTICULARLY FROM CHICAGO SOUTH INTO THE NORTHWEST INDIANA SHORE LINE. THESE LARGE WAVES WILL INUNDATE THE TYPICALLY LARGE WAVE VULNERABLE LOCATIONS ALONG THE SHORE...INCLUDING A FEW SPOTS ALONG THE CHICAGO LAKE FRONT BIKE PATH. DO NOT VENTURE OUT ONTO BREAK WALLS OR TOO CLOSE TO THE BREAKING WAVES AS OCCASIONAL ROGUE WAVES COULD REACH UP TO AROUND 15 FEET AND POTENTIALLY SWEEP YOU OUT INTO THE LAKE.

    IN ADDITION...THE LARGE WAVES WILL MAKE VENTURING INTO THE LAKE VERY DANGEROUS...EVEN FOR EXPERIENCED SWIMMERS. PLEASE REFER TO THE SURF ZONE FORECAST (CHISRFLOT) AND BEACH HAZARD STATEMENTS (CHICFWLOT) FOR UPDATED INFORMATION ON THE ANTICIPATED LARGE WAVES.

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