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Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2016: November: Nov 25-16
Eagle Harbor waves    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Elaine Robbins
Rough water    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Elaine Robbins
Superior's roar    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Elaine Robbins
Rocking and rolling to play video
Esrey Park    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Elaine Robbins
Icy steps    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Elaine Robbins
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Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Friday, November 25, 2016 - 09:42 am:

Winter came upon us in a fury, with high winds and various amounts of snow, depending where in the U.P. you live. Here in the Keweenaw, Lake Superior was quite riled UP, splashing and crashing all over the place. Elaine Robbins took a ride to check things out and these photos are a result of that excursion.

Eagle Harbor had some good size waves rolling in the entrance to the harbor, between the lighthouse and the marina. The video posted here today (in the fourth photo spot), was taken there in the harbor by Cathy McKenzie. It shows the Big Lake in action, along with something that always makes me wonder how it happens…watch closely and you'll see the waves going both ways, into and out of the harbor there.

Elaine's last two photos were snapped at Esrey Park. It certainly doesn't look like a good day for a picnic on the table there, nor does it look like a good idea to ascend those icy stairs. I love how all these photos and the video show a different beauty of Lake Superior, her amazing wild side.

By Therese (Therese) on Friday, November 25, 2016 - 10:07 am:

Wow, what waves! And such confusion as waves roll
in, hit the shore, and are reflected out into more
oncoming waves.
I stood on that spot in September on a sunny, mild,
and calm day, watching the sun make sun pennies on
the water.

By Uncle Chuck (Unclechuck) on Friday, November 25, 2016 - 10:33 am:

Fantastic photos and video, just like being there!! Thanks Elaine and Cathy for taking us along!!

Once again, I'd like to thank all of you for your messages of support on the passing of my best buddy Rocco, it really meant a lot! Pasty folks are the best!

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Friday, November 25, 2016 - 10:44 am:

Quite a prelude to Winter.

By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Friday, November 25, 2016 - 11:02 am:

Awesome photos, and great cinematography, Cathy!

To answer your question, Mary: I just finished reading the book "White Hurricane" by David Brown (a book I highly recommend anyone interested in the 1913 November gale to read). In it, they explain a phenomena called "Cross-Sea" whereby waves from one weather system continue despite a shift in the winds. Waves generated by the new wind run at an angle to the old waves, creating dangerous water conditions. Being that these waves are in the Harbor, you would also get a lot of wave refraction that's going to bounce the waves around, a lot!

By Paul H. Meier (Paul) on Friday, November 25, 2016 - 11:47 am:

Great photos! I second the Captain's recommendation, WHITE HURRICANE is an excellent book about the Lakes. One impression of a late September trip to Eagle River during the early '50s (besides being cold) was standing on the lower bridge watching the the wave surges coming up the river. Part of the family lore is a storm in the '30s that took out Henry Long's boathouse which stood where the Fitzgerald now stands.

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Friday, November 25, 2016 - 12:58 pm:

I agree...quite the totally awesome, washtub action video and hauntingly beautiful pix. Thank you everyone for your efforts, you're keeping us alive down here.

By jbuck (Jbuck) on Friday, November 25, 2016 - 06:16 pm:


Amazing wave action! Can you imagine being a ship back in the day trying to safely get into the harbor and running into those waves?

Thanks Elaine and Cathy!

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Saturday, November 26, 2016 - 10:27 am:

The Gales of November

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 10:14 pm:

WOW! When November acts up, it acts up! Love

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