Lake Michigan Operational Forecast System (LMOFS)
Updated on February 19, 2014:
CO-OPS will update the URLs for all LMOFS map animation plots on February 26, 2014.
Please visit the LMOFS
main page on 2/26 and update your LMOFS animated map plots bookmarks.
(Please click on the map pins below to access the time series plots)
The Lake Michigan Operational Forecast System (LMOFS) is a NOAA project aimed at providing improved predictions of water
levels, currents and water temperatures in Lake Michigan to the user communities. Similar systems are operational in the other 4 Great
Lakes as well. Collectively these form the Great Lakes Operational Forecast System (GLOFS). The objective of GLOFS is to produce
nowcast and forecast guidance (displayed out to 24 hours) of total water level, current velocity, and water temperatures in the Lakes
to be used by the commercial shipping, recreational boating and emergency response communities. GLOFS nowcast and forecast guidance will
provide an increased margin of safety and maximize the efficiency of commerce throughout the Lakes. For more information,
please click here.
Nature of GLOFS Products
The Great Lakes Operational Forecast System (GLOFS) has been implemented by NOAA's National Ocean Service (NOS) to provide the maritime community with improved short-term predictions
of water levels, water currents and water temperatures of the Great Lakes. GLOFS uses a numerical hydrodynamic model to generate these predictions. Therefore, these
predictions should be considered as computer-generated nowcast and forecast guidance. For more detailed information related to the OFS disclaimer, please visit at the
Disclaimers web page