With big differences between inland and near shore temps compared to the more stable early spring season.... we are now entering "Thermal Season"
For those of you chasing the wind and wanting to avoid getting skunked do a search on this forum for Thermals. Tim G. has written a few nice long explanations with regards to thermals. The thermal character of lake michigan is pretty simple to decipher and also very consistent.
There is no need to try to figure out Thermals from trial and error, it's already a discovered wheel especially in Lake Michigan. The aticles written will truely explain it's effects and make wind and beach searching way easie.
Example was yesterday afternoon. Montrose was blowing 17+ knots from the east whcih was not forecasted but "expected " if you understand our thermals.
I would suggest avoiding calling those beach phone numbers to ask about wind conditions. They will evnetually tire of the calls and avoid answering in the future. Just my two cents from expirience.