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Old 08-15-2012, 09:39 PM
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If we want to move near Lake Michigan, so the breeze from it will help us avoid the heat of summer, how close to it should we move? Would we still need air conditioning?
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Old 08-16-2012, 04:29 AM
 
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Generally within a quarter mile of the Lake you will be much cooler, the cooling effect is noticeable within about a half mile to mile from the Lake. It still can get hot, so yes you still need an air conditioner. I know of some people who do not have an air conditioner who live right near the Lake but they get some very hot days and would be better off with an air conditioner.
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Old 08-16-2012, 06:08 AM
 
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If we want to move near Lake Michigan, so the breeze from it will help us avoid the heat of summer, how close to it should we move? Would we still need air conditioning?
Keep in mind that there are some days in the summer where the wind comes directly from the south or southeast, and the lake does not cool things off as much when that happens. I have been to the beach a few times where the wind was from the east and it was scorching hot right next to the water.

But on MOST days, yes, it is a lot nicer within a mile or so of Lake Michigan.
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Old 08-16-2012, 08:11 AM
 
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Also keep in mind that the cooling lake breezes of summer transform into the excessive lake effect snow systems of winter come about late November.
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Old 08-16-2012, 08:58 AM
 
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...but the lake also moderates the temperatures in the winter. it can be quite a bit warmer in Holland that Grand Rapids in the winter, since the lake holds its heat for months. But that cold windchill coming off the lake in January can wipe out that difference!
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Old 08-18-2012, 12:23 AM
 
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If we want to move near Lake Michigan, so the breeze from it will help us avoid the heat of summer, how close to it should we move? Would we still need air conditioning?
I am about a mile from the lake and most people here have air conditioning, mostly needed in July. This year was different. There is no real "breeze" from the lake, but prevailing winds are west to east in summer. Winter the winds are from north and west. It is definitely warmer in winter and cooler in summer. The trade-off is lake effect snow (bad for driving but good for home insulation).

This is a USDA plant hardiness zone map, based on minimum temperatures. You can select any state.
USDA Zone Maps by State

This one is zoomable.
Michigan Interactive USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map

FYI I have never seen temperatures as low as cited on these maps. There are short bursts of zero weather, but generally the lowest was teens at night.

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