Aug 16-07

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2007: August: Aug 16-07
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Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 06:18 am:

Last night I was down at Gratiot Lake hooking up some of our friends to the Pasty.NET broadband network. The access point is across the lake at Noblet Field Station, powered by solar and wind. Nice to have an Internet connection way out in the middle of nowhere.

courtesy of GLC
Courtesy of Gratiot Lake Conservancy

On the way back to Eagle River it was like watching the fireworks at Copper Harbor. The strobe effect was blinding at times, and it made for a dramatic drive along US-41 and M-26. When I drove down from Phoenix into view of Lake Superior, the scene reminded me of one of my favorite Pasty Cam classics, a Dan Urbanski shot which I used for many months as a screen saver. It would not surprise me if we hear of a new fire somewhere in the U.P. sparked by this overnight barage of voltage. There were only a few sprinkles of rain.

This morning it is very windy, and quite a bit cooler. We'll have the wind to our back as Edie and I drive to the Mackinac Bridge, where we are hooking up to do a prisoner exchange with my brother, who is driving up from Concord. (We get to have my Mom for a few days :o) Looks like a beautiful morning to travel across the U.P. and back.
Smfwixom (Trollperson) on Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 06:23 am:

WOW - what a great picture of the storm - hope it didn't start a new fire!

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 07:05 am:

That first picture is just really beautiful!

By Brooke (Lovethekeweenaw) on Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 07:17 am:

I love storms, glad it happened after we left the campground!

By Kathyrn Laughlin (Kathyl) on Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 07:56 am:

There's nothing like watching a thunderstorm over the lake (for me, Lake Huron). Often you get to see one pass by farther out. Last weekend I was up at our place near Cheboygan, down on the beach watching the meteor shower. The stars were out over me, but every so often there would be a huge flash of white light from the direction of Bois Blanc Island and the U.P. There was no sound, so it must have been in the U.P.

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 08:18 am:

That's a great picture, with cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-ground lightning in the same picture! It's too bad that the storm did not dump much rain. I do hope the storm did not ignite any more fires UP there.

It is a shame that the UP and a lot of areas around the midwest are so dry (info courtesy of Fran in Georgia's link, I think it was), yet the folks in Texas are about to float away! They have been drenched all summer. They can't tolerate any more rain without the threat of severe flooding, yet they are getting dumped on by Tropical Storm Erin. I'm sure they wish anybody else got the rain that they can't tolerate!

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 08:52 am:

Deep Purple

By kay Moore (Mskatie) on Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 08:59 am:

I have a copy of Dan's photo I made when it first came online. Is it possible it's been what, three or four, years this month that the UP lost one of it's most creative and talented men?!

By Mr. Bill (Mrbill) on Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 09:05 am:

At Lac La Belle we had our first deluge of rain this season, beginning at 10:40 last evening. It teemed for 20 minutes, and then wained off for 10 more, until finally stopping at 11:10.

Too little, too late for a lot of stressed out trees and bushes.

By Steve De Cloedt (Steveinsouthben) on Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 09:10 am:

The storms that came through our area last night in Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan were quite a show. The weather service estimated between 4,500 and 6,ooo cloud to ground lightning strikes per hour.

By Margaret, Amarillo TX (Margaret) on Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 09:46 am:

I love that lightening picture.

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 09:51 am:

Dan U. passed away Aug. 13th, 2004.

By Sharon I. Smith (Sharons) on Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 10:40 am:

What a difference a few miles makes! Here in Copper Harbor, we had maybe 20 minutes of rain, total, and only one rumble of great light show. Any rain is welcome, but it sure would have been nice to have more...

By Helen (Heleninhubbel) on Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 02:29 pm:

AWESOME................sure don't see that in the city...!!!!! There is no is beautiful in the U.P.

To bad it didn't pour....we could use it!!!
God Bless ya'll

By Fran in GA (Francesinga) on Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 07:21 pm:

I thought that might be one of Dan's pictures. His photos were beautiful! Miss Him!!!

It was 104 here in Rossville today, not counting the humidty factored in there. For at least the past 2-3 summers my flower bed along the back of the house had very pretty,lush Impatiens,Hosta and ferns. This yr even with me watering them the impatiens still are the size as when I planted them. Of course the weeds are doing just fine"(

By Kathy P. (Katiaire) on Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 10:26 pm:

It's amazing how the weeds flourish no matter what the conditions. I have observed how the flowers and vegetables just hang on with watering, but one good rain then flowers start blooming and the tomatoes start ripening.

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