Michigan has had its fair share of crazy weather over the years. This year we had to deal with the unfortunate disaster of a tornado in Southwest Michigan, and now it seems that we have also had to deal with a tsunami event in the Great Lakes.

That’s right in Holland, Michigan on June 25 of 2024, Michigan had a tsunami event. The technical term for it is Metiotsunami. What exactly is that and how do they form? The Weather Channel recently released a video showing footage of the incident and explaining how it happened.
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It appears a small Metiotsunami pushed water farther than usual on the shores of Holland, Michigan. Metiotsunami are caused by air pressure disturbances, usually from lines of thunderstorms. Most Metiotsunami are small, but in rare cases, waves can reach as high as 6 feet. Along the shore in Chicago's southside measured a 2-foot rise and water levels.

Metiotsunamis In Michigan Are More Common Than You Think

The thing is this isn’t even the first time that this has happened. There are multiple instances like the video below that shows a similar event from back in October 2019. But a simple search of these things on YouTube will show that Lake Michigan has been known for these kinds of events.
There was a particular one back in 1954 that hit Chicago’s Montrose Harbor where sadly, eight people passed away. It’s important when the weather gets this bad that you avoid the lake at all costs.

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