Monday, March 29, 2010

Going Rogue

A new hypothesis claims a 50 ft rogue wave sank the Edmund Fitzgerald and that Gordon Lightfoot will change the lyrics to his famous song.

See The Globe and Mail: The Edmund Fitzgerald's legend lives on … but with a major change

This story is being featured in a new Canadian television show - Dive Detectives. Doesn't look like it is available in the U.S.

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Monday, November 16, 2009

"We've Seen A 5 Percent Increase Per Decade In Average Wind Speed Since 1985."

Via Dave Dempsey. See EurekaAlert: Warmer means windier on world's biggest lake

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Monday, July 20, 2009

Foggy Morning On The Bridge

I noticed this picture from the Mackinac Bridge web camera this morning.

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Friday, April 03, 2009

Ice News

[I've been in Colorado and Wyoming the past couple of weeks and away from updating the site with new posts. Hopefully I can get back to at least one post per week here]

Sault Boat Watcher on the ice situation around Neebish Island: Ice Still Affecting St. Marys River

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Weather Is NOT Climate

This is why climate scientists refer to global climate change rather than global warming. I have no intention of getting political but since the weather and climate affect all of us on Neebish Island I wanted to post responses to George Will's recent OpEd which was simply the recycling of the same column he writes every few years (See: George Will Believes In Recycling).

Mr. Will's nonsense cannot be allowed to pass this time. Every single point he makes is factually wrong. And the organizations he cites do not appreciate being politicized. Example from the Arctic Climate Research Center:

“We do not know where George Will is getting his information, but our data shows that on February 15, 1979, global sea ice area was 16.79 million sq. km and on February 15, 2009, global sea ice area was 15.45 million sq. km. Therefore, global sea ice levels are 1.34 million sq. km less in February 2009 than in February 1979. This decrease in sea ice area is roughly equal to the area of Texas, California, and Oklahoma combined.

It is disturbing that the Washington Post would publish such information without first checking the facts.”

See: George Will Denies Climate Change and Gets Slammed

I like George Will. I have read his baseball books. But he gets his climate science wrong and it must be pointed out.

Further reading:
NASA: What's the Difference Between Weather and Climate?

HuffPo: Weather Does Not Equal Climate

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

West Neebish Channel Closing

SooToday: In accordance with 33 CFR 162.117, the captain of the port Sault Ste. Marie will close the West Neebish Channel effective 1400 local time on January 17, 2009

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Icebox Of The Nation

While Fraser, CO and International Falls, MN fight over the "Icebox of the Nation" official trademark, in Michigan we know Pellston as the icebox of the nation. For example, this morning Pellston is at -18F which is significantly colder than most other areas of northern Michigan (there is a geographical explanation for why it is so cold there).

Location Time
Sky/Weather Temp.
Pellston Regional Airport of Emmet County08:54Fair-18-2186Calm30.28
Harbor Springs Airport08:55Fair-4-884E 530.26
Charlevoix Municipal Airport08:55Fair5-078SE 330.27
Brennan Farm Airport

Traverse City, Cherry Capital Airport08:53A Few Clouds9273E 730.23
Gaylord, Otsego County Airport08:53Fair4-083NE 530.18
Houghton Lake, Roscommon County Airport08:53Mostly Cloudy4-083E 530.19
Alpena County Regional Airport08:54 Light Snow Fog/Mist3-183Calm30.25
Sault Ste. Marie08:55Overcast-5-1175E 630.30

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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Civil Emergency Message

1230 PM EST SUN FEB 10 2008




Monday, January 14, 2008

Records Over 150 Years Show Trend Toward Fewer Days Of Ice Cover

More bad news for those of us who love winter. From a National Science Foundation funded study - Winter Ice on Lakes, Rivers, Ponds: A Thing of the Past?

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Thursday, January 03, 2008

Weather Updates

Happy New Year!

Weather will probably be a big story in 2008. Here's the latest from the National Weather Service.

December seemed like a normal start to winter but enjoy it while it lasts. In today's National Weather Service forecast discussion the snow may be gone by Tuesday - MONDAY AND BEYOND...IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE HOW MUCH SNOW IS LEFT AROUND HERE BY TUESDAY AS THE TEMPERATURES WARM TO THE MID 40S.

And 2007 was again a warmer than usual year (but 8 of the last 10 years have had above normal temperatures - when do the weather deviations become climate?).

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Thursday, December 06, 2007

Operation Taconite Has Started

Coast Guard Commences Operation Taconite

According to NOAA's National Ice Center site, the ice around Neebish Island is more than 9 inches thick.


Friday, November 30, 2007

Hike To The Middle Neebish Lighthouse

Someone took pictures of their late autumn hike to the Middle Neebish Lighthouse - dwhike's Adventure's > Middle Neebish Lighthouse, MI

You can find a map of Neebish Island with this light's location at - Middle Neebish (Lower Nicolet) Range, MI

And there is book about tending this lighthouse. Guiding the way from Middle Neebish by Edward T. Cook. (if you buy the book after clicking that link it helps support this site)

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A Wee Bit Of Weather Expected

snow will redevelop late saturday evening...and especially
saturday night...becoming heavy at times. total snowfall
accumulations of 8 to locally 10 inches are expected through early
sunday afternoon. in addition...gusty southeast winds of 15 to 25
mph will lead to some blowing and drifting snow.

NWS - Major Winter Storm to impact Northern Michigan Saturday night through Monday

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

High Winds Force Freighters To Drop Anchor

Winds halt ships: Low water levels stop freighters in their tracks

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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Lake Superior Projected To Reach Lowest Ever Recorded Water Level

NOAA Projects Lake Superior May Hit Record Low Levels This Fall

The lake has been decreasing by a rate of 10 mm every year since 1978, and has dropped a dramatic two feet during the last decade. The Great Lakes region has been experiencing warmer winters since 1997, and the combination of warmer air temperatures and less ice cover leads to increased evaporation rates during the winter. Also, with less snow pack, there is less spring runoff to replenish the lakes.

In related news from NOAA - The average global temperature for July was the seventh highest on record

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Friday, May 11, 2007

Freighter In The Fog

A nice photo of a freighter in the fog between Neebish Island and St. Joseph Island was sent to - Ghost Ship?

Be sure to click the link for the full image.

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