No Status Quo on South Bass Island

Winter hibernation is a misnomer on South Bass Island.  Put-in-Bay business appears to slumber, with only the Post Office, Pit Stop, General Store, and Hardware Store keeping regular hours.  However, subtle changes appear hither and yon to reveal change and anticipation.  The images below capture a few of the awakening moments:

Airport Ready to Take Over Island Transport
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Commuter flights available!

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New airport (3w2) parking

Shanties and Trees Await Ice

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Dock Renovations, Check!
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“B Dock” elevated

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Park Place Boat Club docks refreshed

Land and Water’s Edge Reshaped

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Walk the Island Preserves

“Enjoy the warm holiday weather and walk our island preserves!”

Lake Erie ConservationWhat a great reminder from Lisa Brohl, Chair of the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy.

If you have time, visit the Coopers Woods area that the Conservancy is working to purchase this year–hopefully in early 2020!  As part of the requirements for one of their grants, LEIC needs cans, bottles and other garbage removed from the Woods. Send LEIC photos of your work, if you do go out and help with this effort.


Milder Temperature Brings Out Water Fowl & Fishermen

Lake ErieSouth Bass Island Lighthouse weather station recorded a mild temperature of 39.7°F at 3pm.  Out on Lake Erie, fishermen and water fowl absorbed the bright sunshine.  The remainder of the week, according to NOAA, does not suggest anything like “wintry.”
National Weather Service Cleveland
338 PM EST Sun Dec 22 2019

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Looking toward Kelleys Island

High pressure will remain over the eastern United States
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A strong upper ridge over the central CONUS continues east for
Christmas Eve and Day and will support surface high pressure. This will keep the area dry. The main weather concern through the period will be a warm front that moves through the area by Wednesday. The forecast area will be in the warm sector for Christmas Day and temperatures will warm significantly. The recent trend in the medium range guidance is warmer with 850 mb temperatures trying to reach 10 degrees Celsius by midday Wednesday. With that, have slightly warmer temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday with highs in the low to mid-50s for Wednesday.

Put-in-Bay Weather Might be Frightful!

Put in Bay snowTwo inches of snow place Put-in-Bay in a perfect winter context.  Although forecasters suggest we will not have a white Christmas, if temperatures drop as expected, perhaps we’ll see some ice develop.  Meanwhile, the daily discussion from the National Weather Service in Put in Bay snowCleveland reports the following:

954 AM EST Tue Dec 17 2019
Significantly colder air will move into the region behind the front and will cause surface temperatures to drop through the 20s into the teens by evening. Wind chill values will drop into the single digits most areas with some areas of values just below zero. Some light snow shower activity will occur with the Arctic Cold front tomorrow morning but expecting fair weather otherwise across much of the forecast area by afternoon.Put in Bay snowPut in Bay snowPut in Bay snow

Lake Erie Islands Conservancy Keeps Momentum Going

Lake Erie Islands Conservancy continues to successfully promote the beautiful natural environment in Lake Erie’s Western Basin.  Their winter newsletter addresses such incredible items as land donation, new geocaches, Clean Ohio Conservation Fund Grants, Wildlife Diversity Partners, island birding surprises, and Great Lakes Alliance developments.  If you want an example of heroic and devoted community service, look no further than our very own Conservancy!

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