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NOAA/GLERL Great Lakes Depth-Averaged Currents Map
See Additional Currents: Latest Depth-Averaged | Latest Surface
Return to GLCFS Page, Updated 2x times per day at 0155 and 1355 GMT




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Monthly Depth-Averaged
Currents for 2010-2013
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apr Apr
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Mar 29, 2022. Due to staffing considerations, we have paused the updating of this page. We are sorry for any inconvenience. We hope to resume sometime in the near future. Please send feedback and inquiries to: info-services.glerl@noaa.gov.
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Note, these maps are designed to depict a broad overview of the current field, and are considered to be more qualitative than quantitative. In particular, the specific coordinates are not very accurate. See also, https://www.glerl.noaa.gov/res/glcfs/

The flow patterns depicted in these visualizations of lake currents are based on simulations from the Great Lakes Coastal Forecasting System (GLCFS) operated by NOAA's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory.

The "Latest" visualizations depict water motion corresponding to a snapshot of lake currents at the end of most recent FVCOM nowcast model run. Lake currents can change rapidly with changing wind conditions.

Surface currents tend to follow the wind direction more closely than currents at depth. Depth-averaged currents represent the average water motion from surface to bottom and tend to follow shoreline and bottom contours.

This map uses copyrighted technology developed by Fernanda Viegas and Martin Wattenberg (hint.fm) for their stunning wind map application. They have graciously allowed us to show visualization of lake currents here until license issues are resolved.

Python scripts courtesy of Rich Signell

Please send feedback and inquiries to: info-services.glerl@noaa.gov