September 4th, 2014 at 9:28 pm by Bill Steffen under Bill’s Blog, Weather
A rare seiche occurred on Lake Michigan this morning. The strong, thunderstorm induced S-SW wind blew surface water toward the Michigan side of the lake, causing the water level to rise. The picture shows a significant rise in the water level of Lake Michigan at the Petoskey Marina, where the water rose over the docks! At the same time the water level fell in Wisconsin. As the winds die down the water sloshes back toward Wisconsin and can rise and fall several times before leveling off. There were a number of fatalities in Chicago due to a seiche in 1954. Seven people lost their lives in a seiche here in SW Michigan on July 4, 2003. Strong low pressure centers can create a “standing seiche”.
There was also a seiche on Lake Superior on the same date.
In my book, The Dynamic Great Lakes, seiches on the Great Lakes are explained. The Dynamic Great Lakes shows interesting facts about the Great Lakes system, their fishes, invasive species, and encourages people to seek solutions to their problems.
Mackinac Island really is shaped like a great turtle. I experienced its contours as I rode up and down many hills on my bike.
But sometimes you just have to walk. After looking through Arch Rock from the top, the way down is on a new stairway through the woods. People from all over the world visit this beautiful island. It has a rich history as the Indians used this place as a trading post and then later it was the site of the War of 1812 between the English and Americans 200 years ago.
click the link:Mackinac Island Butterfly House
There’s lots to see and do on Mackinac Island. Bikes to get around or horses or horse drawn wagons are the way to go since cars are not allowed.
Oil Spill Threatens Great Lakes Click on the link for information about an aging oil pipline that is a threat to the freshwater Great Lakes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Q3ArohWWsQ Click the link for information about a very dangerous nuclear power plant on the shore of Lake Michigan.
Read about this plant in my book, The Dynamic Great Lakes available on Kindle, and paperback at Amazon.com, bn.com etc.
National Geographic Maps Click the link for a National Geographic article and maps.
Rain barrels capture water from rooftops. It’s an old idea. I painted this in Norway at a relative’s house.
There are many tributaries to the Great Lakes. One is the Grand River that flows into Lake Michigan. I am always inspired by what I find around the Great Lakes. I made this picture along the banks of the Grand River while boating.