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Misty Morning on Lake Huron



At St. Ignace, Star Line’s LaSalle ferry and the surface of Lake Huron were enveloped with steam (above) Friday morning, November 10, as the cold winter air caused water vapor to rise like thick smoke off the surface of the lake. The phenomenon occurs when the air is much colder than the water. Temperatures Friday morning dropped down to the single digits, while the water near St. Ignace was in the 50s. Meteorologist Mike Kurz of the National Weather Service in Gaylord explained such conditions make for unstable circulation, “Like when you get out of a warm shower, and you end up steaming.” The cold temperatures Friday morning were recordsetting throughout northern Michigan, he said, attributed to the clear night sky and fresh blanket of snow. “For early November, it was unusual to get that magnitude of cold,” Mr. Kurz said. Local lore has it that it takes seven or more such “smokes” on the lake before an ice bridge can be formed between St. Ignace and Mackinac Island. At St. Ignace, Star Line’s LaSalle ferry and the surface of Lake Huron were enveloped with steam (above) Friday morning, November 10, as the cold winter air caused water vapor to rise like thick smoke off the surface of the lake. The phenomenon occurs when the air is much colder than the water. Temperatures Friday morning dropped down to the single digits, while the water near St. Ignace was in the 50s. Meteorologist Mike Kurz of the National Weather Service in Gaylord explained such conditions make for unstable circulation, “Like when you get out of a warm shower, and you end up steaming.” The cold temperatures Friday morning were recordsetting throughout northern Michigan, he said, attributed to the clear night sky and fresh blanket of snow. “For early November, it was unusual to get that magnitude of cold,” Mr. Kurz said. Local lore has it that it takes seven or more such “smokes” on the lake before an ice bridge can be formed between St. Ignace and Mackinac Island.
An Arctic wind Friday, November 10, sent temperatures plunging into the single digits, causing steam or “smoke” to rise from the Straits of Mackinac for two days. Some ice was visible under the Mackinac Bridge. At the St. Ignace Marina, Wawatam Light peers over the mist as the rising sun penetrates the empty harbor.An Arctic wind Friday, November 10, sent temperatures plunging into the single digits, causing steam or “smoke” to rise from the Straits of Mackinac for two days. Some ice was visible under the Mackinac Bridge. At the St. Ignace Marina, Wawatam Light peers over the mist as the rising sun penetrates the empty harbor.An Arctic wind Friday, November 10, sent temperatures plunging into the single digits, causing steam or “smoke” to rise from the Straits of Mackinac for two days. Some ice was visible under the Mackinac Bridge. At the St. Ignace Marina, Wawatam Light peers over the mist as the rising sun penetrates the empty harbor.

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