May 12, 2006

The Great Lakes Hurricane of 2006

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(Toledo, OH) A low pressure system currently parked over Lake Michigan is the center of a cyclonic weather system that is dumping large amounts of rain, sprinkling some snow, and driving wind gusts up to 60 MPH.

The slow-moving weather phenomena is expected to remain in the Great Lakes through the weekend before drifting to the Northeast.

OK, so "hurricane" is a stretch; if this were a hurricane it would be about a Category 0.5, or more like a tropical depression. We do not get many systems like this in the Midwest, so we weather geeks in the Great Lakes have to find entertainment when and where we can.

While on the subject of unusual weather patterns, a funnel cloud was just spotted near Washington, DC. No jokes about hopes that the tornado will visit Capitol Hill, please.

7 comments:

Lisa Renee said...

Watch those blog headlines...unless you are planning on a career with CNN

(lol)

:-)

Suss & The Family Stone said...

Well, since this hurricane doesn't look as strong as the one that hit New Orleans, I guess that means we only have a few gays and sinners.

Micah said...

From your Limited Aviation Weather Observer and overall weather geek --

I just can't believe how stationary the Low is. The prog charts show it hanging out for at least the next 5 days.

BrianMaxson said...

You can bet your bottom dollar FEMA will be there in overwhelming force with semi-loads of water, MRE's and tarps. Convoys of National Guard troops, Electrical maintenance trucks and gasoline tankers. And don't forget the Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

Expect power to be out of 2 weeks, gas lines a mile long and grocery stores selling everything except perishables!

So stock up on propane for your grill, gas for your generators, fill up your bath tubs so you can flush the toilet (or just get kitty litter) a bunch of ice for all your coolers and expect a 2 hour wait for your case of water and a week supply of MRE's (which are quite tasty).

Maggie Thurber said...

wow - and we had the discussion about how much it looked like a hurricane and how the "doom and gloom" naysayers had yet to speak up...

:)

Hooda Thunkit said...

Mike,
"...if this were a hurricane it would be about a Category 0.5, or more like a tropical depression."

A stationary category 0.5, like this, is depressing enough, thank you...

And, that darn grass is taking SUCH advantage of it; I'll be harvesting it for days...

Oy!

Brian said...

George Bush must have aimed his weather controlling zeppelins at us.