Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Rough day on the lake

Todays Lake Superior forecast:

.TODAY...SW WIND 5 TO 15 KT. LIGHT SNOW LIKELY IN THE MORNING.SNOW SHOWERS POSSIBLY MIXED WITH RAIN IN THE AFTERNOON. ATHUNDERSTORM IS ALSO POSSIBLE. WAVES CALM TO 2 FT..TONIGHT...SW WIND 5 TO 15 KT BECOMING N 15 TO 25 KT BY LATEEVENING...THEN INCREASING TO N GALES TO 35 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. SNOWSHOWERS WITH A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS EARLY IN THEEVENING...THEN SNOW SHOWERS LIKELY. HEAVY FREEZING SPRAY AFTERMIDNIGHT. WAVES BUILDING TO 10 TO 14 FT..THU...N WIND TO 30 KT DIMINISHING TO 10 TO 20 KT. HEAVY FREEZINGSPRAY. SNOW SHOWERS LIKELY EARLY IN THE MORNING...THEN A CHANCE OFSNOW SHOWERS. WAVES BUILDING TO 11 TO 15 FT THEN SUBSIDING TO 8 TO11 FT.

Maybe the winds and waves will break up some of the shore ice. One of the local news helicopters is stationed here at our shop, he is headed up today to Duluth to do a story on the lake. The big deal is the low water, down 18 inches from normal, I read that is roughly 9 cubic miles of water! Along with virtually no snow in the upstate areas there will be very little runoff in the spring.

This is a story they did recently on the water level.

http://www.kare11.com/news/investigative/extras/extras_article.aspx?storyid=148235

2 comments:

Nora said...

Hey Ron,
This no snow is going to be really rough on the whitewater boaters. I crossed the Vermillion watershed yesterday and all the snow is melted and the Verm didn't rise. Very Bad! I have big hopes for this huge storm coming this weekend. I may be sea kayaking more this summer...or kiting.

Ron said...

HI Nora, Your right .. this storm was supposed to hit the north portions of the state, it looks like the metro area will get it instead. Lets all to a snow dance the Arrowhead Region. I talked to the heli pilot for Kare 11 today he was up to Duluth yesterday, he says the ice goes out on Superior as far as he can see. And with no snow, some people are viewing shipwrecks by walking out on the ice. Here's hopeing we get lots of snow for the rest of the season.