Record Setting Wind On Lake Superior Friday (Sep. 3)

Record Breaking Wind on Lake Superior September 3, 2010

Several wind and wave records for September were broken at the eastern Lake Superior Buoy and Stannard Rock during a November like storm system on September 3, 2010. At Stannard Rock, the wind rapidly increased to 58 knots (67 mph) with gusts to 62 knots (71mph) out of the northwest at 6 pm EDT. This observation broke several September records for Stannard Rock including the peak wind gust during the 2 or 8  minute period prior to observation, peak wind gust during the previous hour and hourly reported wind speed.  At the eastern Lake Superior Buoy (45004), at 8 pm, northwest winds rose to 37 knots (43 mph) with gusts to 47 knots (54 mph). This observation broke several September records for the 45004 buoy including the peak wind gust during the 2 or 8  minute period prior to observation, peak wind gust during the previous hour and hourly reported wind speed. In addition, the wave heights at the buoy rose to 17.4 feet, which was just 0.3 ft below the record of 17.7 feet set on 9/20/2003. See the table below for more details on the records.

 

  Stannard Rock(STDM4) Eastern Buoy  (45005)
Record Type
Max on 9/3/10
Old Record (kt)
Max on 9/3/10
Old Record (kt)
Sustained Wind Speed 58.1 kt 50.7 (9/20/03) 36.9 kt 36.2 (9/20/03)
Peak Wind Gusts at Observation 62.0 kt 56.8 (9/28/92) 46.7 kt 43.2 (9/28/92)
Peak Wind over Previous Hour 63.0 kt 62.2 (9/22/01) 50.5 kt 46.9 (9/20/03)
Wave Height -- -- 17.4 ft 17.7 ft (9/20/03)



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