Wintry Weather Keeps Islanders Tuned to Ferry Operations

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PiB visitor on 17 November 2017

Wintry weather keeps islanders tuned to announcements by Miller Boat Line about suspended operations.  Changeable conditions hamper residents’ preparations for when Lake Erie freezes and flying off-island is the only option to get to the mainland.  National Weather Service Cleveland provides the information below as of 9:26pm Thursday, 15 November 2018.

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* WINDS…Southwest 15 to 25 knots with gusts up to 35 knots.
* WAVES…3 to 5 feet…occasionally 7 feet.

A Small Craft Advisory is issued when waves of 4 feet or more are
expected or wind speeds reach 21 to 33 knots which may produce
hazardous conditions to small craft.

A cold front will push southeast through the forecast area Saturday morning into Sunday morning with mainly upper level zonal flow across the region. Light snow will be possible across the area   . . . especially in far northern Ohio and along the snowbelt into northwest PA. By Sunday afternoon a chance of snow to pretty much the entire forecast area into Monday morning.

Accumulation will be light with these snow showers . . . with most locations not expected to pick up more than an inch through the weekend.  Daytime high temperatures will remain cold . . . generally in the mid to upper 30s . . . around 10 to 15 degrees below normal for the middle of November.

National Weather Service Paints Early Winter Picture


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National Weather Service, Cleveland Office, depicts a wintry scenario in the weather discussion posted Friday evening.  A gale warning is in effect from 4am until 10pm on Saturday.  WNW winds are expected to top 30mph.

An interesting scenario sets up Monday night into
Tuesday as a coastal storm begins to form.  The 12Z models show an
inverted trough forming west of the Appalachians Monday night with
moisture streaming north into the eastern sections of the forecast
area.  Precipitation type may likely be snow with this event.
The models are trending colder with this event.
Strong cold air advection and wrap around moisture with this
system will keep snow showers over most of the forecast area. Lake
effect snow will likely develop Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday night
with the potential for more accumulating snow over the traditional
snow belt areas.

Miller Ferry Cancels Tuesday Afternoon Operations

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Low water at Miller Boat Line’s Catawba Dock

Strong southwest winds, clocked at 40 knots (46mph) at South Bass Island Lighthouse at 1pm, prompted Miller Boat Line to cancel afternoon operations.  The last run left Catawba at 11:55am.  The William Market sailed around the east side of South Bass Island for a stop at Middle Bass Island, and then delivered remaining passengers and vehicles to Put-in-Bay.  Photos by Donna Steinbach

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6-8 footers on the east side of South Bass Island

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Low water at Middle Bass Dock Company

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Vehicles parked on starboard side of ferry ready for port exit at Put-in-Bay


“Halloween at the Bay” Will be a Soaker

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Image courtesy of Accuweather

Put-in-Bay weekend weather forecast looks to be dreary for Halloween at the Bay.

The National Weather Service reports,

A wet and cool weekend is in store for the region. Initially
low pressure to the southwest will approach and then merge with
a developing coastal system which will be quickly followed by a
clipper system dropping in from the northwest on Sunday. The
air mass over the region will remain warm enough to produce only
liquid precipitation across the region.

National Weather Service Paints Turbulent Weather Picture

National Weather ServiceNational Weather Service, Cleveland, released the following update at 932 AM EDT Wed Sep 26 2018

MARINE:  A cold front will push east across the lake this morning shifting winds around to a northwest direction for this afternoon at around 15 knots sustained. Will expand beach hazards and small craft advisory further west to the islands. Winds will increase out of the northwest behind the front.

However, a fairly rapid decrease in the winds will take place tonight as high pressure builds east toward the local area. Light and variable winds are expected Thursday morning but will begin to increase out of the southwest by Thursday night on the back side of the high pressure.

A cold front will move east across the lake Friday and this will shift winds around to the northwest again by Friday evening and Friday night. There is the possibility that a small craft advisory will be needed again Friday. Winds become light and variable Saturday into Sunday.