The Great Lakes have a large influence on regional weather and climate, making it much different than what you experience inland. These large bodies of water store a lot of energy in the form of heat, impacting the weather around them.

Weather, Climate, and the Great Lakes
Frozen Lake Michigan outside Chicago
The Great Lakes influence regional climate. If you visit one of the Great Lakes you will notice that the weather is much different than inland. The temperature and winds vary from day to night and throughout the seasons.  
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Great Lakes at a Glance

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