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September 4th, 2014 at 9:28 pm by under Bill’s Blog, Weather

Seiche Petoskey 9 4 14 Petoskey City Marina and upnorthlve   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.

arch rockIMG_1519

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.



July 12, 2014

Originally posted on The Dynamic Great Lakes Blog:

Here is an excerpt from my book, The Dynamic Great Lakes:
Plutonium, the most toxic substance known, is a by-product of
nuclear power plants. It is extremely hazardous because of its high
radioactivity: for half of its quantity to decay, it takes 24,360 years.
Our aging Nuclear Power Plants on the Great Lakes presently have
nowhere to store plutonium except on their property.
On the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant property on the shore of
Lake Michigan near South Haven, eight 100 ton casks stand on a
concrete slab only 150 feet from the waters of Lake Michigan.
The 16½ foot high casks are eleven feet in diameter and weigh
100 tons. They consist of a steel basket encased in 29 inches of
concrete and stand on a concrete slab. Palisades may eventually have
25 casks. Plutonium is so toxic that it could mean an end to life as
we know…

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 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.


Great Lakes Stressed

July 8, 2014

National Geographic Maps  Click the link for a National Geographic article and maps.


Wind Turbines in the Lakes

Rain Barrel

June 27, 2014

Ruth's house

Rain barrels capture water from rooftops. It’s an old idea. I painted this in Norway at a relative’s house.

lily pads

June 13, 2014

lily pads

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.


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