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Erie Area and Lake Erie Weather


Fishing in the region is heavily dependent on the weather. The ability of Lake Erie to rapidly change from calm to stormy is well-known to veterans of the lake. Mariners should take heed of all marine warnings and "keep an eye on the sky." Fishing in the streams is also heavily dependent on the flow and clarity of the water, which is typically governed by the amount and intensity of recent rains or snow melt.

Erie's weather almost always approaches from the west. If it is raining in Eastern Ohio, odds are it will soon be raining in Western Pennsylvania.

Official wind and wave reports for the Lake Erie waters often do not accurately reflect actual conditions on the Lake. Additionally, the conditions in one part of the lake, say off Walnut Creek Access, could be substantially different than the conditions off another part, like the North East Marina. A call to a bait shop or marina may be your best source for information about actual conditions on the lake at your launch site.

The following links provide information about weather in the region.


Weather Conditions and Forecasts

  1. Erie Area Conditions and Forecast - From the National Weather Service
  2. Erie Area Conditions and Forecast - From Weather Underground
  3. Erie Area Conditions and Forecast - From The Weather Channel
  4. Erie Area Conditions and Forecast - From Accuweather
  5. Regional Radar at Erie - From NWS
  6. Erie Climate Summary - Includes recent rain amounts (from NWS - text only)
  7. Google Satellite Image
  8. Road Conditions in Northwest Pennsylvania - From the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
  9. Road Conditions in Ohio - From the Ohio Department of Transportation
  10. USGS Gauges for Pennsylvania (Excludes waters in the Ohio River basin)
  11. USGS Water Gage on Brandy Run (A small tributary to Elk Creek)
  12. USGS Water Gage on Cattaraugus Creek at Gowanda, NY
  13. USGS Water Gage on Grand River near Painsville, Ohio
  14. USGS Water Gage on Oil Creek at Rouseville (US Corps of Engineers Page)
  15. USGS Water Gage on Walnut Creek (Lower Walnut Creek PAF&BC Project Water)

Web Cams

  1. Avonia Beach & Trout Run - On Lake Erie at the foot of Avonia Road in Fairview, PA
  2. Walnut Creek Webcam - At the Walnut Creek Marina with views of the boat ramp, wall, and lakeshore
  3. Presque Isle Bay - Click the "Erie Bayfront" link - from the Hampton Inn & Suites Erie Bayfront roof
  4. Elk Creek - At Uncle John's Campground near the mouth of Elk Creek

Marine Weather Products