Lake Lover Blog

Information and Insights on Lake Michigan 

Seiche

People have asked me if Lake Michigan has a tide. It does not have a tide, but it does exhibit a phenomenon called a seiche. A seiche is a standing wave that oscillates in an enclosed or partially enclosed body of water. If you start a wave in a bathtub, the water rises and falls repeatedly as it hits either end of the tub. The same thing happens in Lake Michigan, typically after a storm front moves across the lake.
 
These unique qualities of the lake make me appreciate the special natural wonder that it is. It's that appreciation and wonder that I try to capture in my images.