Saturday, September 26, 2009

Thar she blows!

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, has a dry sense of humor as befits federal agency whose name sounds the same as that of the only guy who survived a flood of Biblical proportions. But its current statement, by NOAA standards, is positively hysterical:



"Gale force," in this instance, means 40 knot winds. (One knot is 1.15 miles per hour, so 40 knots is about 46 mph.)  If you want to know what that looks like, check out the Great Lakes Coastal Forecasting System

That's right; the forecast for Monday includes 16-foot waves on the Michigan side of the lake--a prospect exciting enough that Chicago paddlers are already arranging carpools.
Meanwhile, consider this fair warning that our days of warm surface water are numbered.

5 comments:

john fleming said...

Hey guy!

Your NOAA image says you are going to paddle at 11pm. That would be truly gnarly in those conditions!

Seriously, though, when and where are you guys thinking about going in Michigan? I am thinking about cashing in all my "points" for a Monday PM or Tuesday AM survival-paddling session. Tuesday might be cool, if you could catch the waves after the 45knots dies out.

I haven't heard from Keith yet, but expect that I will hear something, soon. He would be the ideal person to figure out when/where the best conditions would be in SE lake MI.

bpfamily said...

Hey, John. The plan is still being developed, and we hope to involve Keith in both the timing and the precise location.
You're right. We grabbed a very dramatic image, and it is later than we'd intend to paddle.
Maybe see you soon.

bpfamily said...

OK, we've replaced that one with an image for the projected waves at 1 p.m.
Pretty gnarly!

norconkm said...

I'm not sure I'd have the skill to participate, but if people go, I'll at least come take pictures.

This is Matt. Hailing from Grand Rapids.

Danielle said...

And as you paddle, just remember....http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/sep2009/2009-09-25-02.asp