With 60+ degree temperatures in New Buffalo, sidewalks were teaming with people on their way to and from the lakefront all weekend and into the week.
Shops were bustling, as were all of the local restaurants and bars. Amazingly for February, it seemed like it was time to open the roof top and backyard venues for socializing.
The high temperatures and the blazing sun invited fishermen to the boat launch, which was busy with over a dozen anglers
launching boats. The beach parking lot was bustling with beach goers strolling the water’s edge, climbing the dune walk and
walking the jetty. Dingy riders floated in the harbor and ventured out onto Lake Michigan. There was no sign of lingering ice flows or snow caps as the sun shone brightly all weekend.
February 2017 is promising to be one of the warmest overall February on record. According to the National Weather Service,
the warmest temperature in February 2016 was 62 degrees, also recorded on Feb. 19. One year later, temperatures were recorded at 65 degrees.
The weather service predictions for the remainder of the month are for temperatures to remain in the 40- to 50-degree range. Last year, snow and cold weather returned to the area to complete the month.
While it’s anybody’s guess what the remainder of February 2017 may bring, everyone seemed to enjoy the sunny break.