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Pesky East Coast Low; Powerful Storm Arriving in Alaska

A pesky, almost stationary, area of low pressure will continue to produce rain showers, gusty winds and coastal flooding in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic on Wednesday. Meanwhile, a powerful storm is expected to impact northwest and west-central Alaska with a variety of hazards starting late Wednesday. Read More >

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Reexamining the Weather During the Final Voyage of the Edmund Fitzgerald

In 2006, Hultquist, et al. re-examined the weather conditions during the final voyage of the Edmund Fitzgerald.  In particular, this paper showed that the worst conditions were coincident with the time and location at which the Fitzgerald was lost. Mesoscale modeling in this study showed sustained winds near storm force (48 kt) and significant waves of 25+ feet.

Modeled Winds at 7 pm EST November 10, 1975. Purple denotes winds near storm force (45+ kt).

Modeled Waves at 7 pm EST November 10, 1975. Maximum waves of 25+ ft are near where the Fitzgerald was lost.

 

Animations of modeled winds and waves valid from 1 pm EST on November 9th, 1975 through 10 pm EST on November 10th, 1975.

 

 

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