Erie Area and Lake Erie Weather
The weather heavily determines fishing in the region. The power of Lake Erie to rapidly vary from calm to stormy is well-known to veterans of the Lake. Mariners should take heed of most marine warnings and “keep an eye on the sky.” Fishing in the streams can be heavily determined by the flow and clarity of the water, which is typically governed by the quantity and intensity of recent rains or snowmelt.
Erie’s weather typically approaches from the west. If it is raining in Eastern Ohio, odds are it will be raining in Western Pennsylvania.
Official wind and wave reports for the Lake Erie waters often do not accurately reflect actual conditions on the Lake. Additionally, the conditions in a single area of the Lake, say off Walnut Creek Access, might be substantially different than conditions off another part, just like the North East Marina. A call to a bait shop or marina may be your very best source for details about actual conditions on the Lake at your launch site.
Experimental Tabular Open Lake Forecast for Lake Erie
- National Weather Service Cleveland OH
- Waves are the significant wave height – the type of the best
- 1/3 of the wave spectrum. Occasional wave height is typical of
- The best.
- High pressure 30.20 inches will build northeast on the Lake
- Through Thursday. A warm front will move northeast over the Lake
- Thursday morning and a cold front will slowly move southeast
- over the Lake late Friday. High pressure of 30.10 inches is
- Expected to create on the Lake Friday. A warm front will move
- North across the location Friday night and move south of the Lake
- Saturday as a cold front. A ridge averaging 30.10 inches will
- Build southeast on the Lake Sunday and Monday.
- South winds 5 to 15 knots becoming southwest.
- Waves 2 feet or less.
- Southwest winds 15 to 20 knots diminishing to 10 to
- 15 knots. A slight possibility of showers and thunderstorms early in
- the afternoon. A chance of showers and thunderstorms late. Waves
- 1 to 3 feet.
- Southwest winds 5 to 15 knots, becoming west.
- Showers and thunderstorms likely in the evening, then shower
- likely with a possibility of thunderstorms overnight. Waves 2 feet or
- North winds 5 to 10 knots becoming southeast. Showers
- with a possibility of thunderstorms. Waves 1 foot or less.
- Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots becoming northeast.
- Showers with a possibility of thunderstorms. Waves 1 foot or less.
- Northeast winds 5 to 10 knots. A possibility of showers
- and thunderstorms during the day. Waves 2 feet or less.
- Northeast winds 5 to 10 knots becoming north. Waves
- 1 foot or less.
- North winds 5 to 10 knots. Waves 1 foot or less.
- Winds and waves higher in and near thunderstorms.
Carrying before it everything movable and some things supposed immovable.” Massive logs were maintained countless feet inland, fires were extinguished at the Lake Erie rolling mill, barges tossed onto dry ground, and the mooring lines snapped on ships. Distant thunder was heard offshore ten minutes before the wave hit, and a heavy cloud was observed on the Lake. The Lake was calm, and the approaching wave swept along silently until it reached shallow water, where it made a noisy “swishing noise and broke on the shore with a good roar.” No strong wind was reported that morning from shore. There is no report of a sizable wave elsewhere on Lake Erie and no reports of an earthquake.