Stormy Week

The first week of  September, also the start of meteorological fall, has been a stormy one to say the least. Labor Day brought four tornadoes, yes four, three were F1 and one was F0. I believe that one of the F1’s have been upgraded to a very rare F2, very rare for Michigan. Even F1’s are pretty rare as far north as they were. The remainder of the week was quite stormy as well, with large amounts of rain, lots of thunder and lightning, and more strong winds causing damage to trees.

One phenomenon that happened Thursday morning in Petoskey was a Seiche. To learn more about the seiche phenomenon, head to the NOAA website. Seiches are not uncommon in the Petoskey and Harbor Springs area, but this one was much larger than most, reported as high as 6 feet. As I said, that was in the morning, later the same day the storms hit Harbor Springs pretty hard with 6 foot waves causing quite a bit of damage.
At the bottom of this post is a video of the storm damage in Harbor Springs.

During the same storm Thursday, the 1004 foot MV American Spirit freighter was pushed by winds and got stuck in the Round Island passage off of Mackinac Island.

With all the storms starting September off, the last day of August was beautiful. Dawn and I went to Sturgeon Bay for a wonderful sunset.

Very colorful rain cloud passing just to our north.

Very colorful rain cloud passing just to our north.

Sturgeon Bay Sunset

Sturgeon Bay Sunset

Sturgeon Bay Sunset

Sturgeon Bay Sunset

Seagull

Seagull

Sturgeon Bay Sunset with Moon

Sturgeon Bay Sunset with Moon

Sunset Clouds

Sunset Clouds

Sunset Clouds

Sunset Clouds

Mammatus Clouds

Mammatus Clouds

Colorful Sunset

Colorful Sunset

Cloud During Sunrise

Cloud During Sunrise

Something wicked this way comes - Mammatus Clouds

Something wicked this way comes – Mammatus Clouds

Sunrise

Sunrise

Storm Clouds Approaching

Storm Clouds Approaching

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Aurora Borealis

 

Laying in bed sound asleep and I hear this sound, it’s an alarm of some sort. I slowly realize it’s my phone going off with an Aurora alert. Sleepy eyed I go down stairs to look outside, sure enough, the lights are on. Quickly get some coffee started, set my camera up and head outside to get some photos. It always takes me a few shots to get my camera settings right, but after a half dozen shots, I got a half way decent shot in.Aurora Borealis 082814.01.1024Aurora Borealis 082814.03.1024 Aurora Borealis 082814.02.1024Aurora Borealis 082814.06.1024

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Daytrip to Munising – Updated 08.20.14

Dawn and I were both needing a UP/Lake Superior fix, so Sunday we headed up to the Munising area. Just a quick daytrip. Before leaving I looked at Google Maps to check out an area I had never been to see if we could get to the lake shore. The map looked promising, but I still didn’t know for sure if we could reach the shore or not. We headed out early Sunday morning and made a bee line for Munising, this way we could spend as much time as possible there, and take a different back road route home.

Soon as we arrived in Munising we headed for a small spot I have always stopped at to look for agates. Well, to our surprise there wasn’t much of a beach due to the Big Lake being much higher than previous years. We let the dogs run a bit, found a couple stones and headed off for the location I eyeballed on the map.

We found the shore. Wow, all I can say is wow, what a wonderful area to discover. It seems like this spot may be only known by locals because I haven’t been able to find anything about it on the web, nothing. Anyway, the shore is mostly sandstone with large boulders here and there on the opposite side of the bay facing Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore. There are rustic campsites far spaced, as in hundreds of feet, along the shore line. When we were there we only saw a couple other people, and that was only in passing, all the other time we were alone to enjoy another wonder of the UP and Lake Superior. We could have stayed there all day just taking it all in, so we only walked a little ways down the shore, but this is a MUST come back to spot and spend hours.

After our little exploring, we headed back to town to get gassed up and stop at a couple stores. We then headed for an early dinner at the Brownstone Inn. After dinner we headed home on some roads I’ve never been on that followed the Sturgeon River south. Nice drive!

’til Next Time,
Laters

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Small cave along the shore of Lake Superior

View along the shores of Lake Superior

View along the shores of Lake Superior

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Along the shore of Lake Superior

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Along the shore of Lake Superior

 

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Along the shore of Lake Superior You can see the sandstone in the water.

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Along the shore of Lake Superior

Au Train Point

Au Train Point

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Along the shore of Lake Superior

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This life sized face was carved into the sandstone

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Aliens once walked here. Another carving.

Purple Foxglove - Digitalis purpurea L.

Purple Foxglove – Digitalis purpurea L.

Purple Foxglove - Digitalis purpurea L.

Purple Foxglove – Digitalis purpurea L.

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Trip to Town

We had to make an early trip to town for groceries. We normally shop Thursday or Friday during our lunch time so we don’t have to waste the weekend time, but plans for the weekend were screwed up due to Dawn’s boss being a power hungry bitch. She wouldn’t let Dawn know if she could have Monday off until the very end of day Friday. Long story short, she was refused the day off.
Anyway, we headed out for town of a dreary rainy day, but knowing the rain would stop soon, I brought my camera, as I always do anyway, in hopes to get some shots off of some wildflowers I’ve been seeing on the drive to and from work.
Score! The drive back home was a success, with even a couple wildflowers I hadn’t seen before.

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Blue Vervain – Verbena hastata

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Evening Primrose – Oenothera biennis

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Evening Primrose – Oenothera biennis

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Wild Mint – Mentha arvensis

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Wild Mint – Mentha arvensis

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Cardinal Flower – Lobelia cardinalis

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Cardinal Flower – Lobelia cardinalis

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