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Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Caretaker's Concern for 3/4/2010

TCC for 3/4/2010

Very windy day on the Lake today, averaging 30 mph with gusts up to 50. Wind is still blowing from the Narrows but has died down a bit, most likely will pick up again tomorrow morning. The first set of photos are mostly of the effect of the wind on the Lake and ice. There is open water from the Island North East to Gull rock and beyond. At times the wind was forming nearly one foot waves on this stretch of water. There is also open water between the Island and Clay island. The Caretaker did see two ice fishermen out on the ice at around mid-morning but they didn't hang around too long, most likely due to the high winds.

The following photos were taken today in the late afternoon, they show a mild example of "Irisation":

When a thin cloud of water droplets passes across the sun, it may cause a complex optical phenomenon called defraction. To the observer the thinner parts of the cloud can take on all kinds of colors.
from: "The Handy Weather Answer Book" by Walter A. Lyons, Ph.D.1997, ISBN 1-57859-054-X

--The Caretaker

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