Superior Storm

Photo by John Jacobsen courtesy of Boreal

     Most likely you have heard all about the big storm last week.  We were quite lucky at Voyageur Canoe Outfitters and experienced a short power outage and a big tree down in the driveway.  Along the Gunflint Trail trees had been blown over and along the North Shore of Lake Superior power outages were abundant.  Records were broken for the lowest barometric pressure which caused conditions similar to a Category 1 or 2 hurricane.

     Sustained wind speeds on Lake Superior near Grand Portage were recorded at 68 miles per hour with gusts up to 78 miles per hour.  Wave heights reached over 18 feet and the protected Grand Marais Harbor was rocking and rolling.  Two boats let loose from their moorings and ended up on the shore in the bay.

     Rain and snow accompanied the storm but most of it has melted.  The forecast calls for temperatures in the 40’s this week and there isn’t snow in the forecast.  Hopefully we won’t see a storm like that again in the near future.