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Old 09-09-2020, 03:27 PM
 
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Hi,
I am researching these cities and the areas near them, between the Lake Michigan shore and up to 70 miles west... From Milwaukee in the south and to Green Bay in the north. I broke up my questions into 2 parts:


A- How much of an impact does Lake Michigan have on these areas?

1- Is it more humid there than, say western or southern WI?
2- Is it more cloudy?
3- Is it more windy?
4- Do they get more snow due to the lake effect?
5- Does freezing start later?
6- Does spring get delayed starting later?

B-
1- How is it different being right on the shore like Milwaukee, Sheboygan, and Manitowoc vs. being west like Fond du Lac, Appleton, Berlin, Beaver dam, Oshkosh, Water town

2-Does the lake effect extend or impact Madison?


Thank you!
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Old 09-10-2020, 09:12 AM
 
Location: SE WI
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I live right on the shore of Lake Michigan, just to the north of Point Beach and I love it here.

Not sure if it is anymore humid, windy or cloudy than the areas you mentioned. Since I am out on one of the easternmost points, we sometimes have a lake effect snow. Some winters there are none of that though. It tends to stay a few degrees warmer than inland in the winter, so when snowfalls inland are near the freezing mark, we are sometimes missed.

Freezing does start a bit later and spring gets delayed by about 2 weeks each.

It is not uncommon in early summer to drive from my house inland and see a 15 to 20 degree difference. Due to prevailing westerly winds, we have an upwelling effect from the cold waters.

I do know that we have many more sunny days in the winter than the eastern shoreline of the lake.

Hope this helps
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Old 09-10-2020, 06:15 PM
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Location: Up North
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^^Point Beach is one of the best places to escape whatever summer heat there is in those parts. Always a bit cooler than surrounding areas.
I like pretty much all of Wisconsin but if choosing a place to live strictly based on weather, right up against Lake Michigan would be my top choice.
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Old 09-16-2020, 05:08 AM
 
Location: The Driftless Area, WI
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This map says it better than we can with words: https://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/....gov/PHZMWeb/#

Note that most of the Bing cherries, for instance, that you buy in the store come from Door County, surrounded by L. Mich....We can't grow them 200 miles south in Juneau County, 90 miles west of The Lake.
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Old 09-16-2020, 09:25 AM
 
Location: IN
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^^Point Beach is one of the best places to escape whatever summer heat there is in those parts. Always a bit cooler than surrounding areas.
I like pretty much all of Wisconsin but if choosing a place to live strictly based on weather, right up against Lake Michigan would be my top choice.
It wouldn't be my first choice, mainly because it isn't snowy enough or (dry) cold enough in the winter. I would prefer the Snowbelt of Vilas County lakes region over Lake Michigan any day during all seasons.
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