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.
The rain this morning had stopped, so I got outside and mowed the whole lawn. Just as I had only about 5 more passes to go, the rain started up again, sort of heavy at that. I continued to finish the lawn, getting a tad wet, but it sure felt good, that warm rain falling down on me.
With the passing rains and passing open skies, there were some nice cloud formations. Classic August day in Michigan.
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.