Great Time In The Keweenaw

We just spent a week, 09.19.15-09.26.15, in the Keweenaw area of Michigan. We stayed in Houghton with hopes to make it south to the Black River Scenic Byway, that didn’t happen, though we did make it to Lake of the Clouds in the Porcupine Mountains.

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Silver Creek. A very nice scenic creek just south of Copper Harbor.

Montreal Falls

Montreal Falls

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Lake Superior Shore looking south from Montreal Falls.

Quincy Mine Ruins

Quincy Mine Ruins

Lake Of The Clouds. The Autumn colors were just starting, so mostly green.

Lake Of The Clouds. The Autumn colors were just starting, so mostly green.

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Copper Harbor, Michigan.

Eagle River. I've explored this river many many times. It is always beautiful.

Eagle River. I’ve explored this river many many times. It is always beautiful.

Atop the cliffs along Cliff Drive.

Atop the cliffs along Cliff Drive.

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Fish Cove

 

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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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