Fog Caresses Bass Islands

National Weather Service Cleveland OH
154 PM EST Sat Dec 18 2021

North to northwesterly winds return and increase 10 to 15 mph on the back side of the exiting low pressure system this evening. High-res forecast models some scattered light lake effect snow showers developing this evening  through Sunday morning. The overall lake effect setup is marginal and we are not expecting overall organized or heavy. We could see a light dusting to up to 1 inch in a few spots of the Snowbelt. High pressure moves in later on Sunday with clearing skies by Sunday evening. Highs temperatures will be feeling a little more winter in the 30s.

Put-in-Bay School Students Return to Classes After Covid Outbreak

Students are to Return to School on Monday, December 13.

Put-in-Bay School Superintendent Steve Poe reports the following:

Students should return to school if they meet ALL the following criteria:

          No symptoms of Covid, a flu or cold
          Have either been fully vaccinated or will wear a mask
          Do not live in a household with someone who has tested positive for Covid.

If you do live in a household with someone who has tested positive, you have remained quarantined for 7 days, have tested negative, and show no symptoms.

After testing positive for Covid, you have met the required 10 days of isolation, have tested negative, and show no symptoms.

Students not able to return to school due to one of more of the above criteria, will be ‘excused’ from school and given the opportunity to make up their school work and/or participate in class via Zoom (if they feel well enough). 

When absent, students/parents are to communicate with each of their teachers for assignments and due dates by checking Progress Book and school email daily.  All school work should be turned in electronically or may be dropped off in the school foyer.


All after-school activities during the week of Dec. 13 through Dec. 17 are cancelled.

The Holiday Concert will be postponed to a later date.

Weekend Gale Warning up for Put-in-Bay

1028 AM EST Fri Dec 10 2021


* WHAT…For the Gale Warning, west winds 25 to 35 knots with gusts up to  45 knots and waves 4 to 7 feet expected. For the Low Water Advisory, abnormally low water levels expected.

* WHERE…The nearshore waters of Lake Erie from Maumee Bay to
Vermilion OH, and the open waters of Lake Erie from Maumee Bay
to Vermilion OH.

* WHEN…For the Gale Warning, from 10 AM to 10 PM EST Saturday.
For the Low Water Advisory, from 10 AM Saturday to 7 PM EST

* IMPACTS…Strong winds will cause hazardous waves which could
capsize or damage vessels and reduce visibility. Below normal
water levels will result in hazardous navigating conditions.

Kaptur Announces $1.77 Million Great Lakes Harmful Algal Bloom Research

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Co-Chair of the House Great Lakes Task Force, announced $1,777,440 in federal funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to support five Great Lakes harmful algal bloom (HAB) research projects.

NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Sciences and Integrated Ocean Observing System Office have awarded funding to initiate one new HAB research project, and continue four existing research projects. These research projects will provide a better understanding of the causes and impacts of HABs, enhance HAB monitoring and response, and improve technologies for preventing, controlling, and mitigating HAB events.

“Addressing the health, economic, and environmental impacts wrought by Harmful Algal Blooms is essential for the long-term wellbeing of our Great Lakes region, said Rep. Kaptur. “This mission requires an all of government, community-wide response commensurate with the size and scope of the challenge – and we are grateful to be able to deliver this federal funding for the benefit of our region.”

“Continued support of NOAA and NOAA-funded projects to address the human health impacts of harmful algal blooms is essential for our ability to translate research findings into real-world applications,” said Dr. Jason Huntley, Associate Professor in the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Sciences. “We previously found that native freshwater bacteria from Lake Erie can destroy toxins produced during harmful algal blooms. It takes time and grant support to prove that this technology can be safely and cost effectively used for water filtration to protect human health.”

A breakdown of the NOAA funding awards is below.

Continuing Awards

  • $715,992 for the University of Toledo to develop and test the use of microcystin degrading bacteria to remove and degrade HAB toxins from drinking water.
  • $323,191 for the University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, Ohio State University, University of Michigan Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research, LimnoTech, Inc., and MBio Diagnostics, Inc. to create portable cyanotoxin detection technology for use by citizen scientists and decision makers.
  • $200k for the Great Lakes Observing System to upgrade existing instrumentation in the Great Lakes to improve telemetry and HAB data integration.
  • $303,503 for Bowling Green State University, State University of New York, and MBio Diagnostics to enhance existing technology for rapid, portable, multiplexed detection of harmful algal toxins in the Great Lakes.

New Award

$234,754 for the University of Michigan Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research, Louisiana State University, and Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute to enhance the capabilities of the 3rd generation Environmental Sample Processor for HAB toxin detection through integration with an Autonomous Surface Vehicle.