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
Lighthouse and the keeper's house which are both located
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).
Four webcams are also provided. One camera is a Toshiba IP
network camera that shows a view of Tawas Point and the
Tawas Point Lighthouse from across Tawas Bay. A second
camera is a 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 third camera is a
Dropcam that points north and provides a live view toward
the U. S. 23 highway. The fourth camera is a Dropcam that
overlooks Tawas Bay.
For more detailed information about the webcams,
To view archived webcam images.