Lake Erie Ice Chart Emphasizes “Use Caution!”

Lake Erie Ice

Lake Erie Ice Chart, circa 1994.

An ice chart of Lake Erie, published roughly twenty-four years ago by the Put-in-Bay Ice Yacht Club, presents a clear graphical view of safety issues frequently mentioned by experienced Lake Erie ice guides.  The chart highlights danger zones and possible ice cracks; most importantly, it delivers a stern disclaimer for those who venture onto frozen Lake Erie.

“This map is not intended for navigational use. The locations of cracks are an approximation of their general location and direction.  Their positions may vary from year to year.  Although this map is provided by the Put-in-Bay Ice Yacht Club, the P.I.B.I.Y.C. assumes no liability or responsibility for its contents or misuse.”

Click on the chart for the enlarged view.


Stormy Seas on Weather Radar for Lake Erie

Put in Bay weatherSmall Craft Advisory

URGENT - MARINE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CLEVELAND OH
922 AM EDT MON OCT 23 2017


...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS
AFTERNOON TO 4 PM EDT WEDNESDAY...

* WINDS...SOUTHEAST WINDS INCREASING TO 15 TO 25 KNOTS TODAY.
  WINDS WILL VEER TO THE SOUTHWEST EARLY TONIGHT BUT REMAIN
  BETWEEN 15 TO 25 KNOTS THROUGH WEDNESDAY.

* WAVES...WILL BUILD TO 3 TO 5 FEET FOR TONIGHT. WAVES WILL
  REMAIN AT 3 TO 5 FEET THROUGH WEDNESDAY.

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for Lake Erie.
DAY ONE...Today and Tonight.
Winds will approach gale force tonight.
DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...Tuesday through Sunday.
Winds will approach gale force on Tuesday

Gale Warning in Effect from Noon to 8pm Sunday

Gale WarningURGENT – MARINE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CLEVELAND OH
324 PM EDT SAT OCT 14 2017

LAKE ERIE NEARSHORE WATERS FROM MAUMEE BAY TO RENO BEACH OH-
LAKE ERIE NEARSHORE WATERS FROM RENO BEACH TO THE ISLANDS OH-
LAKE ERIE NEARSHORE WATERS FROM THE ISLANDS TO VERMILION OH-
LAKE ERIE OPEN WATERS FROM MAUMEE BAY TO RENO BEACH OH-
LAKE ERIE OPEN WATERS FROM RENO BEACH TO THE ISLANDS OH-
LAKE ERIE OPEN WATERS FROM THE ISLANDS TO VERMILION OH-

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CLEVELAND HAS ISSUED A GALE
WARNING…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 8 PM EDT SUNDAY.

* WINDS…SOUTHWEST TO WEST WINDS WILL INCREASE TO 35 KNOT GALES
BY EARLY AFTERNOON THEN CONTINUE INTO THE EVENING. A FEW GUSTS
MAY TOUCH 45 KNOTS.

* WAVES…4 TO 8 FEET.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A GALE WARNING IS ISSUED WHEN WINDS OF 34 TO 47 KNOTS ARE
IMMINENT OR OCCURRING. OPERATING A VESSEL IN GALE CONDITIONS
REQUIRES EXPERIENCE AND A PROPERLY EQUIPPED VESSEL. MARINERS
WITHOUT THE PROPER EXPERIENCE AND VESSEL REMAIN IN PORT OR SHOULD
SEEK SAFE HARBOR PRIOR TO THE ONSET OF GALE CONDITIONS.


Middle Bass Island Public Demonstration of Emergency Communications on June 24-25

Amateur Radio Bass IslandsThree central Ohio amateur radio operators (hams) comprise the Middle Bass Island Ohio Expedition which will participate in a national emergency communications preparedness exercise on June 24 and 25.  The exercise, known as Field Day, has been recognized by Governor Kasich and Lieutenant Governor Taylor through a proclamation of those days as “Amateur Radio Operators’ Appreciation Days.”  The proclamation recognizes the vital role played by amateur radio operators in emergency radio communications on a local, state, national, and international basis.  Local hams provide communications resources for everything from local bicycle events to assisting the American Red Cross, Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), and even the International Space Station.

The expedition’s 2017 Field Day operations will be at Middle Bass Island, Ohio State Park Marina, beginning at 2:00 p. m. on Saturday, June 24 and continuing for up to twenty-four hours.  The public is invited to come and see modern amateur radio technology in action.  Expedition members will be available to answer questions, provide resources, and even help you get on the air.

Field Day is the climax of a week-long “Amateur Radio Week” sponsored by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the National Association for amateur radio.  Often using only emergency power supplies, ham operators will construct emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and backyards around the country.  The Middle Bass Island, Ohio Expedition will operate completely from batteries charged by solar panels.  The hams’ slogan, “When All Else Fails, Ham Radio Works” is demonstrated by hams sending and receiving messages in many forms without the use of phone systems, Internet, or any other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis.More than fifty thousand amateur radio operators across the country participated in last year’s event.Modern amateur radio is a fast-growing hobby, and there are now over 743,000 licensed amateurs in the United States and more than 2.5 million worldwide. Through the ARRL’s Amateur Radio Emergency Service® program, volunteers provide both emergency communication for thousands of state and local emergency response agencies and non-emergency communications services to a wide variety of community organizations, all without cost to the public.

Middle Bass Island Ohio Expedition is comprised of one ham from Canton, Robert Maurer, Jr., and two Marion area hams, Kenneth Snare and Grant Powell.  Their Federal Communications Commission assigned station call signs are KC8PVB, KC8BPE, and K8BCI respectively.  They will be using a special station identification, K8M, issued specifically for this event.

To learn more about amateur radio, go to http://www.arrl.org/emergency-radio-org .


Prepare for Afternoon Weather to Impact Bass Islands

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Cleveland OH
911 AM EST Wed Mar 8 2017

Lucas-Wood-Ottawa-Sandusky-Erie-Lorain-Cuyahoga-Lake-Hancock-
Seneca-Huron-Ashtabula Lakeshore-

...HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST THIS
EVENING...

* Winds...Southwest 25 to 35 mph with gusts of 50 to 60 mph
  possible.

* Timing...Winds will increase into midday and peak this afternoon.

* Impacts...Strong wind gusts may bring down trees and power
  lines. Power outages will be likely.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A High Wind Warning is issued when sustained winds of 40 mph or
stronger is expected...with gusts of 58 mph or more. Secure all
loose property. Damage to trees...power lines and property is
likely. High profile vehicles can be blown over.