When the gales of November come early

Hundreds of smaller rocks are strewn about, with logs and sticks found in the mix as well, in the Shiras Park parking lot. (Photo by Jackie Stark)

By Jackie Stark

It was difficult not to think of the Edmond Fitzgerald on October 24—the might and power of Lake Superior was on display in awe-inspiring fashion all along the southern shore of Lake Superior. The National Weather Service in Negaunee recorded a record-breaking 2.3 inches of rainfall on a day that saw 77-mile-per-hour winds and waves reaching nearly 30 feet.

NWS meteorologist Keith Cooley said the storm was certainly comparable to the one that sank the Edmond Fitzgerald, an event that was surely on the minds of many in the area, as the gales of November came early.

“It’s definitely a comparable storm to that one as far as wind goes,” Cooley said, adding it’s difficult to draw direct correlations since much of the observational equipment in use today was not in use in 1975, the year the great ship sank. “Based on the strength of the storm, they were fairly close.”

The ferocious winds and ensuing swells brought people swarming to Marquette beaches to see the show put on by Mother Nature. Many also ventured out to Presque Isle to get a view of the waves crashing over the breakwater, and to see one of Marquette’s favorite destinations, Black Rocks…

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