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


Strong Winds Return on Thursday

National Weather Service Cleveland OH
211 PM EST Wed Nov 18 2020

Including the cities of Toledo, Bowling Green, Port Clinton,
Fremont, Sandusky, Lorain, Cleveland, Findlay, Tiffin, Norwalk,
Medina, Upper Sandusky, Bucyrus, Mansfield, Ashland, Marion,
and Mount Gilead


* WHAT...Southwest winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 45 mph

* WHERE...Portions of north central, northeast and northwest

* WHEN...From 10 AM to 5 PM EST Thursday.

* IMPACTS...Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects.
  Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may

Gale Winds and Steep Waves Burst Open Lake Erie

Gale winds and frothing waves create a wild and unruly appearance on Lake Erie this Sunday afternoon.  Gusts approaching 50mph are recorded at the Marblehead Buoy with steady wind flow at 20-30mph from the south and southwest.  The air temperature on South Bass Island hovers in the mid-forties, and the water temperature is 49.3ºF.  Dramatic images come from an afternoon drive to Miller Ferry, South Bass Island Lighthouse, South Bass Island State Park, and downtown Put-in-Bay.  Click any image for the enlarged view!

Lake spray fills air!

Miller Boat Line adjusted its schedule to one trip for each island.  For Put-in-Bay, the boat left Catawba Dock at 9:30 and returned from Lime Kiln Dock at 10am.  The Middle Bass Island run left at 9:15 and returned from Catawba at 10:15.  Updates are always available at MillerFerry.com.

Shallow water under Miller Ferry

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.