New buoy off Michigan City provides real-time data

By: Newscenter 16 staff Email
By: Newscenter 16 staff Email

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) - A new buoy on Lake Michigan four miles off the Indiana shoreline is providing the National Weather Service and scientists with real-time information about everything from wave heights to fish populations.

The Times of Munster reports (http://bit.ly/RbDFeG ) the buoy was launched off Michigan City earlier this month and floats just south of the line separating Indiana from Michigan. It is jointly owned and operated by Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and the Purdue University Department of Civil Engineering.

National Weather Service meteorologist John Taylor says the buoy will help forecast lake conditions. He says information on waves and winds could help forecast rip currents. Scientists also will use information from the buoy to understand the lake's biological activity.

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Information from: The Times, http://www.thetimesonline.com

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