Wicked Waves

Hurricane Sandy and her remnants have quite the mess in store for the northeastern quadrant of the United States.  Strong wind gusts up to 90mph, coastal beach erosion, heavy rainfall in excess of 10 inches, flooding, areas of heavy snow with blizzard conditions….Sandy is packing quite the punch.

Only about 60 miles east of Rockford is Lake Michigan.  That lake, and the other four Great Lakes, will have quite the wind and wave storm of their own for the next couple of days.  Storm warnings, gale warnings, and lake shore flood advisories have been posted for areas along the lake shores.

Lake Michigan will endure strong, northerly wind gusts up to 60mph.  As a result of the northerly wind and the orientation of the lake, waves will increase (especially on Tuesday) to 20 to 25 feet!  That does not happen very often! Some damage is possible with lake shore flooding, coastal and beach erosion, and traffic problems.  Lake Shore Drive, with it’s proximity next to Lake Michigan, may be closed down for a time if waves reach the highway.

-Joe

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Posted under tropical weather, weather, Wind

This post was written by qni_it on October 28, 2012

2 Comments so far

  1. WI Wx Buff October 29, 2012 2:01 AM

    The Great Lakes can see waves that tall, or greater.

    On Lake Superior when the Edmund Fitzgerald sank on Nov 11, 1975 recent computer simulations have shown that the waves may have been 40 ft or higher.

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