Oct 29-17

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2017: October: Oct 29-17
2013: Wind and waves      John Dodge ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by John Dodge
2016: Lights on the Shore      Quinn Kaspriack ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Quinn Kaspriack
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Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 12:43 pm:

Come with us to "the middle of nowhere" about 20 miles north of Marquette in today's video, and experience conditions identical to those we saw this week here by the shore of the Big Lake. After a horrendous wind storm on Tuesday, cold, wet, snowy weather moved in.

On Thursday I personally spent a couple of hours in those brutal conditions on the top of Brockway, while our generator charged the batteries that serve Eagle Harbor, Eagle River, and all the way to Sunset Bay. We were forced to make the changeover to wind power early this year, because the solar panels just don't gather enough sunlight to run the relay for Pasty.NET that brings the broadband to the very computer on which I am typing these words. The snow has melted off this morning, so we'll make another run up Brockway, but radar shows more precip moving in tomorrow and throughout the week.

Thanks to John Dodge for his 2013 windsurfing photo, and to Quinn Kaspriack for the unique study of light on a calmer Superior nighttime shore. This is actually the photo that appears on our current calendar.

Get ready for winter...

Have a good week :o)

By Duane P. (Islandman43) on Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 01:16 pm:

All I can say is fun has many disguises

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 01:30 pm:

"If you fill it UP, they will come." (Lake of Dreams)
Pardon me while I turn up the thermostat.

By D. A. (Midwested) on Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 03:01 pm:

My favorite quotes from the professional windsurfers in the video:

"It just happens to be not Hawaii. It happens to be out here in the middle of nowhere."

Good to know that the U.P. is still more remote than Hawaii.


Pro Windsurfer to Local Surfer: "How often do you surf here without a wetsuit."

Local Surfer: "I don't wear a wet suit and I surf all the time."

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 05:37 pm:

Great pictures and that video was so much fun.
We've seen surfer on Lake Superior both on the
North Shore of MN and in the Great Sand Bay area.
The temps were freezing both times. I was in awe
of those people. I hardly venture out to do
something when the temps and wind chills are like
that so kudos to them. I'm so enjoying these

By Uncle Chuck (Unclechuck) on Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 07:55 pm:

Nice review and cool video, Gnarly dude!!

By mickill mouse (Ram4) on Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 08:36 pm:

First salt boat just came in, tonight. The next one should be, Tuesday, around 4pm.....should be.:O)....check boatnerd

By jbuck (Jbuck) on Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 09:42 pm:

D. A. (Midwested) ,

I like those quotes too!

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