Want to know what the water — or weather — is like on a Great Lake? Text a buoy, and it’ll immediately text you back with:
Want to know Lake Erie conditions?
- Wind speed
- Water temperature
- Air temperature
- Wave height
- And more
You can find a list of every buoy in the Great Lakes here.
Text the buoy number of your choice to 734-418-7299 for the latest observations. Though you can’t text every buoy and get a response; only buoys with all-numeric names.
45132 – Northern Lake Erie (42° 27.6000 -81° 13.2000)
45167 – Erie Nearshore (north of Erie PA)
45142 – Port Colborne (42° 44.4000 -79° 17.4000)
45164 – Cleveland DO (41° 43.9278 -81° 41.6232)
UPDATE: This story on rockthelake.com generated so many texts that it crashed the phone number. Also try texting the buoy number to734-201-0750.