5 MARCH, 2019 - M/V SOFEA DECK LOG - (PART TWO)-TSUNAMI-SURGE-OR WHAT?

Well . . . the ugly weather has passed, across the land things are back to the beginnings of a normal Spring, here we are still into our 32 -36 degree nights, our 50 degree sunny days, and our usual 5-20 MPH winds, Eugene has returned to normal, and the ice Tsunami's back East are melting.

As promised, revisiting ice Tsunami . . . here are some more pictures:





Although the lakes have no appreciable "Tides" (1-2 inch), the wind and barometer changes make up nicely,  living aboard in the North Shore is tricky as you fight severe winds, lake effect snow, many 75+MPH gales, ice Tsunami, and 12-24 inch solid ice at 50 below temperatures.

And, living ashore along the water is tricky too (as these images portray), but, the Great Loop, the Canal system and St. Lawrence Seaway make great exits for winter if you are a boat dweller, every mariner should experience the Great Lakes, but, none will stay . . . ocean storms can be planned for, the fast-forming violent 150 MPH lake storms appear and are on you in minutes, and take no prisoners, water spouts, and exotic vertical rising waves tear boats to pieces.






Estimates are that between 10,000 and 15,000  boats lie at the bottom of the 5 lakes, with most down in Lake Erie (the shallowest), wave action on Erie is high and super rapid, 6 foot @ 3 seconds is common, a Erie Witch of November was photographed by Dave Sanford, and proves my point (few Ocean Mariners have ever experienced storm action like the Lakes).







The images and tales could go on forever, you get the idea . . . next time you feel uncomfortable or unnerved by what our NorthWest Pacific throws at us, remember, the North Sea and the Great Lakes can be far more perilous and nasty.