The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has issued a warning about Oak Wilt fungus being extremely prevalent this Spring and Summer.
One of the trees that are susceptible to the disease is the Northern Pin Oaks which are prevalent along the shore and in the dune forests and wood lots in the Upper Thumb.
Lake effect snow from the Great Lakes occurs when conditions of evaporation and cold upper air currents slide over the region. Water retains on to heat more than air. This causes some open water in the Great Lakes to evaporate into the air and warm it. Rising up into the atmosphere this warm, wet air cools as it travels.