Mary Beth Writes

Today is November 10th which is the 45th anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. (Listen to the song here!) 

Just yesterday I learned that November 7th through 10th is also the anniversary of the 1913 Great Lakes Storms. (Read a longer explanation here. Fascinating!)   Those storms were three days of fury over the Great Lakes, over all the Midwestern states, and into Canada. Winds of 90 mph, 35’ waves, 26” of snow. Two hundred and fifty people perished; most sailors on twelve ships that went down on Lake Huron on one night.

I’m writing this as we sit under a tornado warning.

If you bookmark websites, mark this one - Wind Map - which is the Wind Map of the US. I look at it almost every day – and always when weather is iffy-chancy.  On the wind map you see great bands of air pressure and how they intersect.  Right now, late afternoon on the 10th, you can see wind blowing northward from the Gulf of Mexico, bringing power that is spinning off from Hurricane Eta. It is meeting a thousand miles of wind sweeping down from the Canadian plains. And where it meets is over all three of my kids’ homes, over many of you, outside my office window.

November is a dangerous weather month here in the Midwest. The great lakes are huge and deep repositories of energy, the still warmish water of summer. The lakes mix their energy with the colder air over them. November winds blow down from the Arctic to clash with the last of this year’s rounds of hurricanes. November is leashed and unleashed power.

Take this day, this weather, this month seriously. Take your sails down, find your batteries, know where you will hunker down if a tornado comes by.

If you are an ore hauling tanker in port right now – stay there.

And since I started this an hour ago - the temperature here has gone UP almost 10 degrees. 

Hang on, it's going to be a bumpy ride. 

 

 

 

 

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In more ways than one! ETA drenched our area over the weekend. The canal at the back of my house overflowed, and that combined with the 18 inches of rain received I am looking at a very flooded back yard. I can see turtles swimming from my bedroom window! It will take weeks for the water to recede. I am looking at substantial loses of trees, and plants. Keeping things in perspective. Change (despite every attempt to the contrary) is coming in January, and this fills me with hope. Hang on, it's going to be a bumpy ride is apt. Looking forward to having a leader trying to hold the ship steady. Be safe. Patricia/Fl
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The best of luck waiting for your flood to recede. I don't want your mess, although I would LOVE to see turtles swimming past.

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