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A strong mangitude at least 6.2 (a few sources have the quake as high as 6.6) earthquake has hit along the west coast of Japan on the island of Honshu (Tottori prefecture). This is roughly 100 miles northeast of Hiroshima and west of Kyoto. The quake had a depth of 6.2 miles and occurred at 1:07 am EDT. A tsunami is not expected. Here’s a map of who felt the quake. This is a magnitude map – how strong would the quake have been at a particular spot. There are some damage pics. starting to show up on Twitter, but since they are not labeled as from this quake – I won’t link to them. Over 30,000 customers are without power in the immediate area of the quake. There are reports of houses that have collapsed. Airplane flights and trains in the area have been cancelled. Early reports indicate building damage and 7 injuries. Death/injury toll lowest in Japan, where building codes are very strict. A 6.2 quake would be a real disaster in many 3rd world countries.
This pic. is the big hill at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. I’m one of many who have run down that hill to the shore and then spent the next hour crawling back up the hill (pic. from S.B.N.L. facebook page). With the exception of Lake Ontario, the Great Lakes water levels remain well above average. Lake Superior is down one inch in the last month, but up 4″ in the last year and stands 7″ above the October average. Lake Michigan/Huron is down 3″ in the last month, up 6″ year-to-year and continues to be 11″ above the century average for October. Lake Erie is also down 3″ in the last month, but is 2″ above the level of one year ago and 10″ above the October average level. Lake Ontario is the exception due partly to drier conditions in the Northeast this fall. Ontario is down 7″ in the last month, down 5″ in the last year and is now 4″ below the October average level. Lake St. Clair is down 5″ in the last month, up 4″ in the last year and like Lake Michigan/Huron is 11″ higher than the October average.
The rivers that connect the Great Lakes are running at above average levels, including the St. Mary’s River that flows from Lake Superior into Lake Huron, the St. Clair River that flows out of Lake Huron into Lake St. Clair, the Detroit River that empties into Lake Erie and the Niagara River that flows out of Lake Erie, over the famous falls and into Lake Ontario. The Grand River at Grand Rapids reads a flow of 5,250 cubic feet per second. That’s 3 times the average flow for Oct. 20. The Kalamazoo River at New Richmond is at 1,970 cfs (average 1,409 cfs) and the St. Joseph River at Niles has a flow of 3,220 cfs (average 2,110 cfs.) Heavy rain caused flooding in the U.P. this week. The flow on the Menominee River Thurs. eve. at McAlister WI is 8,500 cfs – four times the average flow of 2,100 cfs.
Buoy temps: South mid-Lake Michigan buoy 62.6°, North mid-Lake Michigan buoy 60.1°, Muskegon MI buoy 61.9°, Wilmette IL buoy 58.5°. Check out Lake Michigan water temps. and the effect the warm water might have on lake-effect snow this Nov./Dec.
Also: Today is the 100th anniversary of the famous Black Friday storm on Lake Erie. Four large ships sank, with a loss of 50 men. Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society discovery. How the warm fall is affecting bird migration. Wisconsin DNR plans to stock salmon at 2016 levels and rainbow numbers to increase. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore celebrates 50 years. Help Lake Erie and win money. Lake Michigan Island that’s been on fire since June! Great Lakes wind energy plans cause concerns about risks to birds. Haunted Mackinac Island. Restored South Haven Lighthouse (bonus pic. of Brent Alan) – hopefully not too long before they get the camera and weather instruments back on the lighthouse. Manitou Is. lighthouse sold for 73K.
The late AM satellite pic. shows cloudy skies over much of W. Michigan, with some sunshine along and south of I-94, where temps. are already into the 70s. Here’s the current satellite loop. Where it’s sunny this PM, temps. will make a run at 80. Winds are brisk…last your gusts to 30 mph at Muskegon, 29 mph at Battle Creek and 26 mph in G.R.
Thunderstorms are exiting Northern Lower Michigan. These storms crossed the U.P. last night, producing 3/4″ hail at Rockland, gusts over 40 mph at S. Ste. Marie and Laurium and wind damage at Munising. In N. Lower MI – golfball-sized hail fell at Glennie, with nickel-sized hail at Boyne City. Hail also fell at Gaylord and Long Lake. East Jordan had 1 1/4″ hail and 1.25″ of rain in 35 minute. Several trees were uprooted at Wilderness St. Park.
There is a Slight Risk of severe weather across SE MN and North Central Wisconsin. The Marginal Risk is north of U.S. 10 and the General T-Storm Risk is north of I-94. Better chance of a storm as you go north in Lower MI this PM – most of S. Lower Michigan stays dry this PM/evening.
Finally, what a difference a year makes. This pic. was one year ago in the U.P., where several inches of snow fell and roads were slick. Here in Grand Rapids, we had a trace of snow, an early morning temp. of 30 and afternoon high temps. in the mid 40s.
There were two confirmed tornadoes in Oregon Friday morning.
The first struck at 8:18 am, starting as a waterspout over the Pacific Ocean and then moving onshore. The tornado path on land into the town of Manzanita and was approximately 3/4 mile and was 700 feet wide (a football field is 300 feet long). The twister was rated a healthy EF2 with winds of 125-130 mph.
Here’s another pic. of the damage (from Portland NWS facebook). Here’s video of the waterspout just before it moved on land. The Portland NWS had never issued 3 tornado warnings in a single day. Friday they issued 10 warnings. From 1986-2015, a total of 13 tornado warnings were issued by the Portland NWS. 128 structures were damaged – fortunately, there were no injuries.
The second tornado occurred at Oceanside – again starting as a waterspout over the ocean that moved on land.
Fierce wind gusts accompanied the storm system, including a 103 mph wind gust near Oceanside, which may be related to the tornado that came onshore there. Here’s rain reports (3.22″ Astoria and 1.99″ in Portland). A second even bigger storm system (the remains of Cyclone Songda) will move into the Pacific NW today.
Image above is radar shortly after noon Saturday. Very heavy rain falling from N. S. Carolina up into Virginia. Matthew is pumping warm humid air up over an old front and into higher elevations…producing rainfall rates of 1/2 to 1″ an hour. Very impressive rainfall amounts. 8 pm to 2 am rainfall: 6.92″ Beaufort SC, 5.48″ Savannah GA, 4.51″ Charleston SC. Charleston is also getting gusts over 50 mph. Beach locations in GA and SC have had gusts to +60 mph. Flash Flood Emergency for Hoke, Cumberland & Sampson Counties til 530. Life threatening conditions. Raleigh is in Wake Co.
Here’s 72-hour rainfall from Matthew with some +10″ totals from NE Florida into S. Carolina. Here’s damage at Edisto Beach SC. Flooding and trees down in Savannah. Extensive damage to boats at Hilton Head SC.
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for…* North of Altamaha Sound to Surf City NC A Hurricane Watch is in effect for…* North of Surf City to Cape Lookout NC A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…* North of Surf City to Duck and * Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds. Matthew is a minimal hurricane (for wind speed) at 75 mph over open water. The big story is heavy rain and flooding with storm surge a secondary concern and wind damage the third factor. Very significant flooding in the Carolinas this PM/night. Matthew is moving NE at 12 mph with the center over water. The storm will move east away from North Carolina tomorrow.
Total rainfall could reach +15″ with the heaviest totals in eastern SC and southeast NC. Storm surge has been up to 6 1/2 feet in GA and surge has been rising in the Carolinas. One million customers without power in FL and another 209,000 in GA and climbing. More in the thread below. I’ll update when I get up in the morning. I’m working the evening shift at the Art Museum. I’ll venture out a time or two to pass out mustaches and talk with the crowd. Have a great weekend!
Saturday AM – Hurricane Matthew has weakened to a Category 2 storm with peak winds of 105 mph over water. A slow weakening trend should continue over the weekend. The storm will move along the South Carolina Coast. Heavy rain, flooding and storm surge are the greatest threats, with strong wind a secondary issue in most areas. Here’s a current radar loop. Check out the helicopter video of the storm damage on the Florida Coast. Here’s video of storm surge on the E. Coast of Florida. Video of roof flying off. Pics. of damage and flooding in Nassau, where winds hit 85 mph. Florida death toll now 4. Haiti death toll now up to 848. The eye of the storm is now nearing Charleston, moving north-notheast. As I write this, Charleston is getting gusts over 50 mph. Once the storm reaches about Cape Fear NC, the storm will turn more ENE and start moving away from land. Heavy rain is falling in E. Georgia up into the Carolinas, where up to 10″ of rain is likely. There are more than 1,000,000 customers without power in Florida. As i write this, there are 209,000 customers without power in Georgia.
Wind gusts: The weather station at Settlement Point west of Freeport on Grand Bahama Is. had a gust to 105 mph. The fastest wind gust of 107 mph was reported at Cape Canaveral – that was on a “wind tower”…105 mph gust on a wind tower at Haulover Canal, 97 mph at Playalinda beach (wind tower), 82 mph by the water at Caroline FL, 74 mph Vero Beach, 71 mph Jensen Beach, 70 Melbourne, 69 mph Edgewater, 67 mph at Trident Pier, 67 mph at Daytona Beach, 64 mph at the Jacksonville Airport and at Jekyll Is. GA, 63 Ft. Pierce, 62 mph Ormond Beach, 62 mph Deland, 59 mph Everglades City (in a squall), 58 mph Stuart, 58 mph at Sanford, 55 mph Fort Lauderdale,, 51 mph Orlando, 55 mph at St. Augustine, 45 mph Jacksonville. Peak winds are confined to a tight circle around the eye over water. The Hurricane Center has adjusted their track map to keep the eye of Matthew mostly offshore, so that will decrease the winds and damage along the coastal areas of Georgia and the Carolinas. Matthew will make a loop and come back toward Florida as a weaker Tropical Storm or Tropical Depression.
24-Hour Rainfall: 7.04″ near Lake St. Mary, 6.17″ Sanford, 6.15″ Jacksonville, 5.96″ Apopka, 5.23″ Savannah GA, 4.55″ Palm Shores, 4.11″ St. Augustine, 3.95″ Vero Beach, 3.46″ Winter Garden, 1.24″ Orlando. Official says many people calling 911, saying, “We’re scared; we wish we hadn’t stayed;” says they’ll have to stay put, for now. Brevard Co., Florida, official says a family called 911, said roof “just flew off their home on Merritt Island.” Dear Media: 14 Cat. 4-5 hurricanes hit the U.S. from 1926-1969 (44 years), while only 3 Cat. 4-5 hurricanes have hit the U.S. since (46 years). If you hear a media outlet claim that Matthew was caused by “climate change”…change the channel.
As of 2 am – A HURRICANE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR…* NORTH OF FERNANDINA BEACH TO SURF CITY A HURRICANE WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR…* NORTH OF SURF CITY TO CAPE LOOKOUT A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR…* NORTH OF SURF CITY TO DUCK* PAMLICO AND ALBEMARLE SOUNDS* NORTH OF FLAGLER/VOLUSIA COUNTY LINE TO FERNANDINA BEACH
Disneyworld was closed on Friday. Good thing…they had 50 mph gusts and heavy showers. Several college football games have been postponed until Sunday.
Peak winds with the storm before it hit Haiti got up to 145 mph. Then winds dropped to 115 mph…after that it intensified back to 140 mph and has weakened back to 105 mph. Models loop Matthew around, so we may be tracking this storm into next week, as it makes a loop and heads back toward South Florida as a weak Tropical Storm or Tropical Depression. Here’s the forecast path of Matthew today from the HRRR model.
This is the latest map of expected rainfall from Matthew. The red color is 10″, magenta is 15″. Notice that the heavier rains are close to the coast. The heaviest rain may fall in N.C. due to interaction with a front. Here’s the excessive rainfall outlook.
The storm intensified by 80 mph in 24-hours – only 2 Atlantic hurricanes on record had stronger 24-hr intensification rates (Wilma in 2005 & Felix in 2007). This is the first Atlantic hurricane to become a Category 5 since 2007 (Dean and Felix) – nine years (which is a relatively long time between Cat. 5 storms). Matthew is the lowest latitude category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic on record at 13.3°N (prior record Felix (2007) at 13.7°N). Matthew also set a record for the longest a hurricane has been rated Category 4 or higher in the Atlantic (3 1/2 days). Check out this flood video. Here’s the latest update from the Hurricane Center. The path of the center or eye of the storm remained just offshore of Florida and Georgia. Strong winds, heavy rain and beach erosion continue in coastal areas.
Here’s forecast wind speeds. You can see the strong winds of Matthew and of Hurricane Nicole to the east (right) of Matthew. Niocole was a Category 2 storm but is weakening and will drift south. This is the first time since 1964 we’ve had 2 category 2 or higher storms at the same time in this area. Here’s the latest forecast discussion on Matthew, the forecast advisory, the public advisory, wind speed probabilities for the Eastern U.S., the funktop satellite loop, the rainbow satellite loop, the visible/IR loop, Jamaica radar, eastern Cuba radar, Miami radar, Melbourne radar, Storm Total Rainfall from the Melbourne radar, Jacksonville radar, Charleston SC radar, Wilmington NC radar, a wider satellite view of the Caribbean, Florida weather observations and the U.S. Buoy Center (where you can zoom in on the map and check winds and waves at buoys close to the storm). Here’s How to Prepare for a Hurricane. Flooding from Matthew on the island of St. Lucia. The eye of Matthew missed Jamaica to the east. Curacao radar loop. You can (bookmark) keep coming back to this thread and check the links. This is a good website to follow Matthew in the Caribbean. Here’s a SE U.S. weather map.
Here’s a couple of maps you can use of Florida and the Bahamas. The biggest island (though it’s technically a number of islands) in the Bahamas is Andros. Despite the fact that Andros is bigger than all the othe 700 Bahamian Islands put together, it has only 7,400 residents. Andros consists of hundreds of small islets and cays connected by mangrove estuaries and tidal swamps, together with three major islands: North Andros, Mangrove Cay, and South Andros. The three main islands are separated by “bights”, estuaries that bisect the island. The island has the world’s largest collection of blue holes. What the Bahamas doesn’t have a decent weather radar – hard to believe. Hurricane hits on Andros include: David (1979), Arlene (1987), Andrew (1992), Lili (1996), Floyd (1999), Michelle (2001), and Wilma (2005). Nothing new.
The GFS forecasts Matthew to make a loop and hit Florida twice (2nd time much weaker). Eyewitness report from the Bahamas: “We are all safe at Exuma Bay Resort. Structure intact, but stuff was flying – gonna be a mess in am.” More than 1,500 flights hwere cancelled, most to and from Florida and the Georgia coast. From Dr. Roger Pelkie Jr: “US hurricane landfalls are down 20% since 1900, freq & intensity both. Good luck can’t last forever.”
Nassau is on the much smaller island of New Providence. With a population of 275,000, it’s about 1 1/2 times the size of Grand Rapids. 70% of the population of the Bahamas lives in Nassau. The large Atlantis resort is here at Nassau (see pic.). The eye of Matthew passed very close to Nassau.
This is the path of the other hurricane, “Nicole”. This storm is no threat to land. Right now it’s forecast to meander around as a relatively weak tropical storm. The question is, can Nicole act to help pull Matthew to the east, away from the U.S. coast.
Also in the Far East, what was tropical Storm Chaba is just a breezy low pressure system, heading out northeast of Japan. It did cause some significant flooding and 5 fatalities in S. Korea. Recurving typhoons near Japan can induce a trough in the Eastern U.S. about 6-8 days down the road…and we see the cooler air pushing into the Great Lakes t for this weekend.
This could be a record for the most people evacuated in advance of a hurricane. A category 4-5 hurricane has never made direct landfall from W. Palm Beach north to the Georgia border…they have all turned north/northeast before the eye was onshore. FL NWS offices to follow for
#Matthew info: @NWSKeyWest @NWSMiami @NWSMelbourne @NWSJacksonville @NWSTampaBay. View of Matthew from the International Space Station. If Matthew were over Michigan. Interstate traffic reversal to accomodate evacuations. Perspective. Population map of south and central Florida. Top ten hurricanes by insured loss. Waves over 35 feet forecast. U.N. Climate deal will NOT “stop storms like hurricane Matthew”.
Hurricane Matthew is a very dangerous Category 4 hurricane. Peak winds early Tuesday are estimated to be 145 mph. The storm intensified by 80 mph in 24-hours – only 2 Atlantic hurricanes on record had stronger 24-hr intensification rates (Wilma in 2005 & Felix in 2007). This is the first Atlantic hurricane to become a Category 5 since 2007 (Dean and Felix) – nine years. Matthew is the lowest latitude category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic on record at 13.3°N (prior record Felix (2007) at 13.7°N). Matthew is going to cause very significant damage on E. Jamaica, E. Cuba, W. Haiti (the Tiberon Peninsula and Navassa Island) and the Bahamas. Unless I was confident in my shelter, I would choose to evacuate areas forecast to be in the path of the center or near-right side of the storm. Check out this flood video. Here’s the latest update from the Hurricane Center. The storm looks like it will thread the needle through the Westward Passage, so it should be very strong as it comes through the Bahamas. After that, the path of the center or eye of the storm should be just offshore of Florida and Georgia. Strong winds, heavy rain and beach erosion are likely in U.S. coastal areas (though the strongest winds will stay offshore of FL and GA.
Here’s forecast wind speeds (and this may be underdone…esp. in the Bahamas). Looks like if gets windy and wet in South Florida, but Florida should escape the worst of Matthew. Here’s the latest forecast discussion on Matthew, the forecast advisory, the forecast advisory, the public advisory, wind speed probabilities for the Eastern U.S., the funktop satellite loop, the rainbow satellite loop, the visible/IR loop, Jamaica radar, eastern Cuba radar, Miami radar, a wider satellite view of the Caribbean and the U.S. Buoy Center (where you can zoom in on the map and check winds and waves at buoys close to the storm). Here’s How to Prepare for a Hurricane. Flooding from Matthew on the island of St. Lucia. The last major hurricane to make landfall in Jamaica was Hurricane Gilbert (1988). Not since the 1800s has a hurricane hit Jamaica from south to north. The eye of Matthew may miss Jamaica to the east. Curacao radar loop of Matthew. You can (bookmark) keep coming back to this thread and check the links. This is a good website to follow Matthew in the Caribbean.
Also, Typhoon Chaba will recurve northeast and hit Japan and S. Korea with strong winds and heavy rain. Here’s a video of the storm path over the next several days.
Today is the 71st birthday of Don McLean. It’s been more than five years since we did the Grand Rapids Lip Dub to McLean’s song, “American Pie“. The picture above became one of the most used thumbnails-still images of the lip dub, more for the kissing couple behind me than for me. The dub was seen on most of the major network television networks, and for a couple days it became a top 20 most-viewed video in places like Russia. Grand Rapids was named ABC’s Person of the Week. It was on the home page of Yahoo and I got a post card from someone in Australia who happened to see it. Here is it on YouTube.
Interesting note: My brother (now in his low 60s) has played guitar since he was a little kid. This is a pic. (from Bert Wyman) of him on the right playing yesterday with the Class of ’68 in downtown Evanston IL. He plays in bands several times a week in the summer and has played with a few people you’d recognize. He played with 15 different bands last year. Here’s a recent clip from the Chicago Blues Festival – Dave’s in the blue shirt on the right – he starts smokin’ about 4 minutes into the video. Several times he’s played in front of 20,000 people (like at the Horizon in Chicago/Rosemont). He makes high-end guitars now for Parker during the day – some of which he’s taken to some big-time celebrities. After the dub made it around the networks and up to 5 million views on YouTube, I called him up and said “Hey, Dave – more people have now seen me play guitar than you!” He laughed and later he gave me a nice guitar and someday I have to make an effort to learn how to play it.
Pic. is a Chicago sunrise. Water levels on 4 of the 5 Great Lakes remain well above average. Lake Michigan/Huron is down 2″ in the last month, up 4 inches year-to-year and is now 11″ above the September average level. Lake Superior is unchanged in the lat month, up 1″ in the last year and is 7″ above the September average. Lake Erie is down 2″ in the last month and down 2″ in the last year. However, Lake Erie is still 9″ above the September average level. Lake Ontario is the exception, down 7″ in the last month and down 7″ year-to-year. Ontario is 5″ below the September average level. Lake St. Clair is down 3″ in the last month, down 1″ in the last year, but still 12″ above the average level. All the connecting rivers (St. Mary’s, St. Clair, Detroit and Niagara are expected to continue to have above aveage flow through the fall. The St. Clair River at Port Huron has an average Sept. flow of 191,000 cubic feet per second. It’s running at 215,000 cfs today.
Here’s the latests water temps. of the Great Lakes – warmer than average for the end of September.
Also – How trees can help clean up the Great Lakes. 65-foot tall ship to call Traverse City home. It’s breeding time for Great Lakes salmon. Volunteers sought for river clean-up event on tomorrow (Sat.). The latest from Boatnerd. How much plastic is floating in the Great Lakes. Best fall hikes near Lake Superior. Asian carp on the menu at your fav. restaurant? Dogs sniff out Great Lakes pollution (note – pic. at link is not a Great Lake). Historic lighthouse shines again. Kiteboarders at Lake Michigan and Drones over Lake Erie. Detroit River Clean-Up. Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula. The water temp. of Reeds Lake in East Grand Rapids is down to 65. Buoy temps: Ludington 62, Holland 64, S. Haven 65.
The fall color change has been slow to start this year, due to warmer than average temperatures, greater than average sunshine (up until about a week and a half ago) and ample rainfall. If you want to find the best fall color this weekend, you should travel north of Sault Ste. Marie into Canada. Check out the Lake Superior MODIS satellite picture (from NOAA Coastwatch). Here’s the pic. +full screen. You can see a hint of orange in the area from Sault Ste. Marie north up toward the towns of Wawa and Chapleau. That’s the leaves changing color. Upper Michigan is still green, so not as much color there yet.
This is a pic. along Highway 101 on the edge of Lake Wawa. Wawa is a town of about 3,000 people, just a few miles inland from Lake Superior. I’ve been there a couple of times. Wawa takes its name from the Ojibwe word for “wild goose”.
They have this 28-foot giant goose on a pedestal as you come into town. Downwind of Lake Superior, Wawa can get heavy lake-effect snow. The town averages 126″ of snow per winter. the warmest month is August (average high of 69F) and in January, the average high/low is 18/-4F.
I’ll keep watching the satellite pics. and the fall color updates from Pure Michigan to keep you updated on where to find the best color.
The Tropical Depression moving thru the Antilles Islands has reached Tropical Storm strength and has been given the name “Matthew”. While the models have varied solutions to the path of Matthew, most models take Matthew to hurricane strength and move the storm to the west into the Caribbean Sea. Then the storm makes somewhat of a right turn. This could be a signficant storm for Jamaica, Cuba and the Bahamas early next week. Interests in the SE U.S., especially Florida, should pay close attention to the latest forecast path and strength of this storm. Here’s the latest forecast track, the Public Advisory, the Forecast Advisory, the latest Discussion, the latest Funktop satellite loop, the latest visible (daytime) satellite loop, (for early next week) Jamaica radar. This storm may have some indirect effect on the weather in Michigan as it moves north and affects the upper level pattern next week.
The Michigan apple crop this year is going to be one of the biggest if not the biggest ever! A mild winter, no killing frost and a warm summer with ample rain has brought us a huge crop of big, bright, beautiful apples. These are yellow apples pictured are golden delicious (my father’s favorite) in the orchard across the street from my house (aka “Gunner’s Garden”). Michigan’s apple harvest starts in late July with Lodi apples, gets into full swing in late August continuing until the last Braeburns and Romes are picked in late October.
These are Rome apples – again from the orchard across the street from me. These Romes will stay on the trees until mid to even late October, until they reach the peak of sweetness and crispness. We’re right in the middle of apple season. Mrs. Steffen and I have been working thru a half bushel of Ginger Golds and I’ve been eating one to two per day. Michigan is usually the 3rd biggest apple-growing state behind New York and Washington State. The Michigan State Extension Office reports: “Color on all apple varieties tested looks excellent, and size of the fruit is also very good.” After frost killed the blossoms in 2012, we’ve had several great growing seasons here in Michigan. Check out the apples (and other goodies) at a local farm roadside stand/store…at a few places, you can pick your own. You’ll also find fresh Michigan apples in local supermarkets and they are featured in many local restaurants. Enjoy.
This is the view from the South Manitou Island Lighthouse (pic. from the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore facebook page). The lighthouse stands 100-feet high and was active from 1871-1958. You can see the lighthouse from the mainland.
After a warm summer, the water of the Great Lakes is warmer than average. Buoy temperatures Thursday included 71.3 at South Haven, 70.5 at Port Sheldon and 69.4 at Ludington. The mid-Lake Michigan buoy halfway between Milwaukee and Holland MI was reading 73. Inland lakes are also warm for this time of year. The Reeds Lake water temp. was 73 (2-foot level) Thursday evening.
Except for Lake Ontario, the water level of the Great Lakes is well above average. The level of Lake Michigan/Huron fell three inches in the last month, but the level is up 3″ year-to-year and stands 11″ above the September average level. Lake Superior is unchanged in the last month, up 1″ in the last year and 7″ above average for late September. Lake Erie is down 2″ in the last month, down 4″ in the last year, but 9″ above the Sept. century average. Lake Ontario dropped 6″ in the last month (there has been less rain as you go farther east toward New York and New England). The level is 7″ below last September and is 2″ below the century average. Lake St. Clair is down 2″ in the last month, unchanged in the last year, but 13″ above the average water level.
The rivers that connect the Great Lakes (St. Mary’s from Lake Superior into Lake Huron pictured here, the St. Clair, Detroit and Niagara Rivers) are all expected to continue to have above average flow through the fall.
Also: New video of a Great Lakes shipwreck…protection money…reviving Michigan’s coastal marshes…invasive water plant spreading across Michigan…North Ottawa Dunes expanding…angler’s frustrated over Lake Michigan salmon stock plan…1897 shipwreck found in Lake Superior…the latest from Boatnerd…Great Lakes steel production fell 14,000 tons.
The University of Texas Permian Basin vs. West Texas A & M football game had to be rescheduled because of an approaching tornado! The tornado didn’t cause any injuries or serious damage. The game will be played today (Sun.) at 11 am. According to UTPB, they are going to admit everyone free of charge to the game today. Here’s video of the tornado near Goldsmith TX. Here’s video of the tornado from the football stadium (the band is playing in the background). Fans told to evacuate the stadium. Here’s a closer pic. of the twister.
Here’s Saturday’s Storm Reports. There were 9 reported tornadoes (at least a couple of them look like duplicate sightings of the same tornado. Baseball-sized hail was reported at Artesia NM.
Little side note: The Lyon College Scots got their first football win since 1951 on Saturday. They dropped football in 1951 and just started up again this year. After losing their first 3 games by a total of 104 points, they racked up a 63-26 victory over tiny Morthland College (tiny because they have “about” 300 students. The school colors are Forest Green and Crimson – so it must look like Christmas all year on the campus at West Frankfort IL.
I haven’t done sports threads this year (not quite the same without the comments), but Ohio State and Louisville sure looked impressive. That was only the 9th home loss for Oklahoma in the last 17 years! My alma mater did not look good at all (despite eeking out a win). Wisconsin comes to East Lansing and they’ve got a lot of work to do this week if they want to be on the same field with the Spartans. I will say that Wisconsin has had some very significant and untimely injuries. A salute to Western with two Big Ten wins…with their schedule, they could end up going to a decent bowl game.
Incredible image here of the eye of Super-Typhoon Meranti passing over the small island of Itbayat (Photo from CIMSS. We assure there has been severe damage on the island. Isbayat is roughly 32 square miles and has a population of 2,988. It’s part of the Philippines. The eye of Meranti passed just south of the island of Taiwan…
…and it moving onshore now in Mainland China southwest of Xiamen. It will weaken quickly as it moves on land.