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.
Got woken up early this morning by one of the dogs barking. Looking out the window with my sleepy eyes, the sky was glowing, so I quickly set my camera up and headed outside to catch the tail end of what sounds to be a great Aurora show. Missing most of the show, I was able to capture a couple photos.
This past week we’ve been getting some badly need rain, too late for the farmers, but still needed. The flow of the weather has changed in a snap from summer to autumn with lake effect rain and graupel (precipitation that forms when supercooled droplets of water are collected and freeze on a falling snowflake). Temps have ranged from the middle 50’s for highs and as low as 29° for lows. The clouds have changed over to autumn / winter clouds hanging low in the sky. With that I will pass you off to some photos.