Tawas Bay Michigan USA
Weather Station and Webcams

About the Tawas Bay Weather and Station Webcams

Weather Station
Tawas Bay Weather Station

The Tawas Bay Weather Station is a privately-owned, non-commercial station using a Davis Vantage Pro2 that was put into service on August 31, 2011, replacing a Davis Vantage Pro that had been in service since December 21, 2001.

The station is situated next to Lake Huron which means the temperature readings can be affected significantly by the lake. Readings can be considerably different than those obtained from the nearest major NOAA weather station which is located 3 miles inland at the former Wurtsmith Air Force base at Oscoda, Michigan (15 miles north). Spring and summer daytime temperatures may be as much as 15 to 20 degrees lower than the Oscoda station while autumn, winter and nighttime summer temperatures are frequently higher due to the mitigating effect of the lake. Proximity to the Lake also results in generally higher humidity levels.

The lighthouse model shown above is a scale model (1"=1') of the Tawas Point Lighthouse and the keeper's house which are both located in the Tawas Point State Park, approximately 2 miles southeast across Tawas Bay. The pier shown in the background of the picture is the East Tawas State Dock

The water temperature is taken at a depth of about 10-20 inches (depending on the level of Lake Huron), approximately 30 feet from shore and is transmitted using a separate wireless Davis temperature station. The water temperature probe is removed when the ice moves in for the winter (usually late November or early December) and is replaced when the ice moves out (usually in late March or early April).

Three webcams are also provided. One camera is Canon pan/tilt/zoom IP network camera that points toward the East Tawas State Dock and can be controlled by visitors to the website. A second camera is a Dropcam that points north and provides a live view toward the U. S. 23 highway. The third camera is a Nestcam that overlooks Tawas Bay.

For more detailed information about the webcams, Click here.

To view archived webcam images. Click here