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Lake Erie

The reported Lake Erie water temperature is taken at the Buffalo Water Treatment Plant located on Lake Erie at the entrance to the Niagara River.  The reading is taken at a depth of 30 feet. This data is unofficial.

Lake Ontario

The reported Lake Ontario water temperature is taken at the Monroe County Water Treatment Plant near Greece, N.Y. The temperatures is measured at the intake pipes about 1500 feet offshore at a approximate depth of 35 feet. The Lake Ontario temperature occasionally may not be representative of the surface temperature due to upwelling. This process, more common during the summer months, brings colder water from the deeper parts of the lake toward the surface near the temperature sensor. The surface water may be significantly warmer. This data is unofficial.
 

Latest Lake Temperatures
 
1011 AM EDT Mon May 16 2022 The water temperature off Buffalo is 54 degrees.
 

1011 AM EDT Mon May 16 2022 The water temperature off Rochester is 43 degrees.

 

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Historical Lake Erie Temperatures (Unofficial Normals and Extremes)

 

The daily lake temperatures for Lake Erie off Buffalo and for Lake Ontario off Rochester are included in the Nearshore Marine Forecast.

 

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NearShore Marine Forecast


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Nearshore Marine Forecast
National Weather Service Buffalo NY
647 AM EDT Tue May 17 2022

For waters within five nautical miles of shore

Waves are the significant wave height - the average of the highest
1/3 of the wave spectrum. Occasional wave height is the average of
the highest 1/10 of the wave spectrum.

LEZ020-171515-
Upper Niagara River and Buffalo Harbor-
647 AM EDT Tue May 17 2022

.TODAY...West winds 10 to 15 knots. Partly to mostly sunny.
.TONIGHT...West winds 5 to 15 knots diminishing to less than
10 knots. Partly cloudy in the evening, then becoming mainly
clear.
.WEDNESDAY...Light and variable winds. A chance of showers in the
afternoon.
.WEDNESDAY NIGHT...South winds less than 10 knots. Showers
likely.
.THURSDAY...Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming south. A
chance of showers during the day.
.FRIDAY...South winds 5 to 15 knots becoming southwest. A chance
of showers.
.SATURDAY...Southwest winds 5 to 15 knots becoming west. Showers
likely with a chance of thunderstorms.

Winds and waves higher in and near thunderstorms.

The water temperature off Buffalo is 54 degrees.

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LOZ030-171515-
Lower Niagara River-
647 AM EDT Tue May 17 2022

.TODAY...West winds 15 to 20 knots diminishing to 10 to 15 knots.
Partly to mostly sunny.
.TONIGHT...West winds 5 to 15 knots diminishing to less than
10 knots. Becoming mainly clear.
.WEDNESDAY...Light and variable winds. A chance of showers in the
afternoon.
.WEDNESDAY NIGHT...Southeast winds 10 knots or less. Showers
likely.
.THURSDAY...Southwest winds 10 knots or less becoming south.
Showers likely during the day.
.FRIDAY...South winds 5 to 15 knots becoming southwest. A chance
of showers.
.SATURDAY...Southwest winds 5 to 15 knots becoming west. Showers
likely with a chance of thunderstorms.

Winds and waves higher in and near thunderstorms.

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LEZ040-041-171515-
Buffalo to Ripley along Lake Erie-
647 AM EDT Tue May 17 2022

...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING...

.TODAY...West winds 10 to 15 knots increasing to 15 to 20 knots
this morning. Mostly sunny. Waves 2 to 4 feet building to 3 to 5
feet. Waves occasionally around 6 feet.
.TONIGHT...West winds 15 to 20 knots diminishing to less than
10 knots. Becoming mainly clear. Waves 3 to 5 feet subsiding to
1 to 3 feet. Waves occasionally around 6 feet.
.WEDNESDAY...South winds less than 10 knots. A chance of showers
in the afternoon. Waves 1 foot or less.
.WEDNESDAY NIGHT...East winds 5 to 15 knots becoming south.
Showers likely. Waves 1 foot or less.
.THURSDAY...Southwest winds 5 to 15 knots becoming south. A
chance of showers during the day. Waves 1 foot or less building
to 1 to 3 feet.
.FRIDAY...South winds 10 to 15 knots becoming southwest. A chance
of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
.SATURDAY...Southwest winds 5 to 15 knots becoming west. Showers
likely with a chance of thunderstorms. Waves 1 to 2 feet.

Winds and waves higher in and near thunderstorms.

$$

LOZ042-171515-
Niagara River to Hamlin Beach along Lake Ontario-
647 AM EDT Tue May 17 2022

...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING...

.TODAY...West winds 15 to 25 knots. A chance of showers early.
Waves 3 to 6 feet building to 4 to 7 feet. Waves occasionally
around 9 feet.
.TONIGHT...West winds 15 to 20 knots diminishing to 5 to
15 knots. Becoming mainly clear. Waves 3 to 5 feet subsiding to
1 to 2 feet. Waves occasionally around 6 feet.
.WEDNESDAY...Southwest winds less than 10 knots. A chance of
showers in the afternoon. Waves 2 feet or less.
.WEDNESDAY NIGHT...East winds 5 to 10 knots. Showers likely.
Waves 1 foot or less.
.THURSDAY...South winds 5 to 15 knots diminishing to less than
10 knots. Showers likely during the day. Waves 1 foot or less.
.FRIDAY...South winds 5 to 15 knots becoming southwest. A chance
of showers. Waves 2 feet or less.
.SATURDAY...Southwest winds 5 to 15 knots becoming west. A chance
of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 1 to 2 feet.

Winds and waves higher in and near thunderstorms.

$$

LOZ043-044-171515-
Hamlin Beach to Mexico Bay along Lake Ontario
including Irondequoit Bay-
647 AM EDT Tue May 17 2022

...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT...

.TODAY...West winds 15 to 25 knots increasing to 30 knots. A
chance of showers early. A chance of showers this afternoon.
Waves 5 to 8 feet building to 7 to 11 feet. Waves occasionally
around 14 feet.
.TONIGHT...West winds 15 to 20 knots diminishing to 10 to
15 knots. Becoming mainly clear. Waves 6 to 9 feet subsiding to
2 to 4 feet. Waves occasionally around 11 feet.
.WEDNESDAY...Northwest winds 10 knots or less becoming northeast.
Partly to mostly sunny. Waves 1 to 3 feet subsiding to 1 foot or
less.
.WEDNESDAY NIGHT...East winds 5 to 10 knots becoming southeast.
Showers likely. Waves 1 foot or less.
.THURSDAY...South winds 5 to 15 knots diminishing to less than
10 knots. Showers likely during the day. Waves 1 foot or less.
.FRIDAY...South winds 5 to 15 knots becoming southwest. A chance
of showers Friday night. Waves 1 foot or less.
.SATURDAY...Southwest winds 5 to 15 knots becoming west. A chance
of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.

Winds and waves higher in and near thunderstorms.

The water temperature off Rochester is 43 degrees.

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LOZ045-171515-
Mexico Bay to the Saint Lawrence River along Lake Ontario-
647 AM EDT Tue May 17 2022

...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT...

.TODAY...West winds 15 to 25 knots. A chance of showers from late
morning on. Waves 4 to 7 feet building to 6 to 10 feet. Waves
occasionally around 13 feet.
.TONIGHT...West winds 15 to 20 knots becoming northwest 5 to
15 knots. A chance of showers in the evening. Waves 5 to 8 feet
subsiding to 2 to 4 feet. Waves occasionally around 10 feet.
.WEDNESDAY...Northwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming southwest.
Mostly sunny. Waves 1 to 3 feet subsiding to 1 foot or less.
.WEDNESDAY NIGHT...South winds 10 knots or less becoming
southeast. A chance of showers in the evening, then showers
likely overnight. Waves 1 foot or less.
.THURSDAY...South winds 5 to 10 knots. Showers likely during the
day, then a chance of showers Thursday night. Waves 1 foot or
less.
.FRIDAY...South winds 5 to 15 knots. A chance of showers Friday
night. Waves 2 feet or less.
.SATURDAY...Southwest winds 5 to 15 knots becoming west. A chance
of showers and thunderstorms. Waves 2 feet or less.

Winds and waves higher in and near thunderstorms.

$$

JLA