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jimh posted 07-04-2010 09:05 AM ET (US)   Profile for jimh   Send Email to jimh  
We are spending the July 4th weekend in northern Lake Michigan, and I have to comment about the weather. It is actually warm!

In June of 2007 we had a little mishap on the boat and broke the latch on one of the two opening hatches on the foredeck of our Boston Whaler REVENGE 22. To keep the hatch closed and water-tight, I had to use duct tape. As we spend many nights aboard the boat in the summer, we were worried that without the opening hatch we'd have no air circulation. So I found a nice replacement hatch and installed it. The irony is that since then, we have not had an evening with enough warmth to even want to open the hatch. We went through the entire 2008 and 2009 summer cruises without one night warm enough to want to open the hatch.

This weekend we have been treated to some actual summer weather here in northern Michigan, and we have finally opened that new hatch.

Another benefit of the mild--warm--weather is when awakening in the morning the boat is not covered with dew. Last summer we had so much dew every morning you'd have though it rained. We also have not even put up the weather canvas--just the flying top.

Here is the principal reason for the warm air in northern Michigan:

The Jet Stream has bulged northward so far it looks like it might melt the Polar Ice Cap. Compare with our cruise last summer, when the Jet Stream was so far south there were almost frost warnings: jpg

I probably should not have mentioned the weather, as we have rain in the forecast today, and now I may have made it a certainty. However, it has been nice to have some summer weather in the Great Lakes during summer for a change.

ConB posted 07-04-2010 04:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for ConB  Send Email to ConB     
I just had to drive trough Traverse City and the Blue Angel Air Show. I did see a lot of Whalers but did not see jimh mixed in with all the party animals.

Maybe you are further North. I bet the Continuouswave air conditioner is on full blast today.


jimh posted 07-06-2010 08:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
As I predicted, commenting about the fair weather caused it to turn. Sunday evenging, after having a delicious dinner and actually enjoying sitting indoors and in air-conditioning, we returned to the boat and went for a sunset cruise. About a mile and half offshore in Lake Michigan and with an unobstructed view of the western horizon, at 8:30 p.m. the sun dropped behind a massive cloud bank approaching from the west, and it was not seen again the rest of the holiday weekend. When we got back to our slip at 10 p.m. there were signs of rain coming--well, actually, I looked at NOAA composite RADAR and saw a huge low pressure frontal system about two hours away. We were forced to put up all the weather canvas that had spent the entire weekend nicely dry and rolled up neatly in its stowage bags. Rain came after midnight.

We awoke on Monday to overcast sky and even more rain heading toward us. We decided to take advantage of the current pause in the rain showers to haul the boat and head home. We left northern Michigan on Monday morning in heavy overcast and rain about 9:30 a.m.

We drove south, taking the "blue highways"--the old two-lane roads instead of the Interstate--and had a nice drive in very light traffic. We finally merged onto US-127 around Clare. From there onward the Holiday traffic was much heavier, but fortunately we were able to continue without any delays, even through some reduced-speed zones in construction areas.

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