Put-in-Bay Weather Explained

Wind intensity snapshot on 15 November 2020

Put-in-Bay weather is changeable, to say the least.  Hereabouts, as elsewhere in the United States, one often hears the refrain, “Just wait ten minutes . . .”  However, the dynamic forces which affect Lake Erie are known for creating incredible natural drama.  Sunrises, sunsets yes, but also water spouts, gigantic ocean-like swells, flooding, low-water advisories, rip currents and near hurricane force winds.  TV newscasters and National Weather Service broadcasts typically highlight the fundamental data.  However, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) presents detailed reports which clarify the complexity of our environmental experience.

Sunday, 15 November 2020, is one particular day of interest in this context.  NOAA puts it this way:  “On Sunday, November 15th, a very potent upper level trough and strong 160 knot jet streak resulted in a deepening surface low down to 980 mb  moving northeast across the Great Lakes region. The wind field ahead of this trough was particularly intense with upwards of 120 knots at 500mb and 70 knots at 850mb.”  Standard surface pressure is 1013.2 millibars or 29.92 inches on the barometer.  Divide the pressure value by 33.864 to get inches mercury.

For detailed analysis, including charts and photographs, visit https://www.weather.gov/cle/event_HighWind_Severe_20201115


2021 Winter Outlook Ready for Bass Islands

US Winter Outlook Farmers' Almanac 2020-2021

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2021 Winter Outlook, by Farmers’ Almanac, will deliver mixed emotions to residents of the Bass Islands.  Those  hungry for ice-fishing will keep fingers crossed and tune-up the ice shanty; snowbirds will start making plans to head south.  Either way, the annual season of great weather anticipation is about to begin!

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration also presents long-range forecasts.  This year, with the presence of La Niña, conditions will be favorable for increased wintry conditions near Lake Erie.


This U.S. Winter Outlook 2020-2021 map for temperature shows above-average temperatures are likely in the South and below-average temperatures likely in parts of the North. This 2020-2021 U.S. Winter Outlook map for precipitation shows wetter-than-average weather is most likely across the Northern Tier of the U.S. and drier-than-average weather is favored across the South.

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center updates three-month outlooks monthly. The next update is on November 19, 2020.

2021 Calendar Available from Lake Erie Islands Conservancy

Lake Erie Islands Conservancy2021 Calendars featuring island preserves are here!

Susan Byrnes and Michelle Pennington did a great job putting them together.  Get your own for $20 each by contacting LIsa Brohl using the information below. The calendar can be mailed to you via first class postage for $2 per calendar.

Lake Erie Islands Conservancy
P. O. Box 461
Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456
419-366-2087 or  leicsonservancy “at” gmail.com