Bring It On Home
2004 05 21
IN to ON
I woke up early as usual and had a look at data. An intense bow echo to the west of Chicago would be coming through our area soon and more storms were forecast later in day. We decided to try to intercept the bow echo and left the hotel at 10:30 am. We thought the dunes along the lakeshore would offer a nice vantage point, so headed for the lake.
We only managed to get down to the end of the main street in Michigan City before a big gust front passed over us. We found our way down to a marina at 10:45 am to watch the storm come through. We got an anemometer reading to 70 km/h and watched the crashing waves. A few tree branches were down but we didn’t think much of it.
Waves crashing in from
We assumed that more storms would develop in the area later in the afternoon, so we headed to a state park at the dunes for some sightseeing. The wind was still strong off the lake and the sand was flying through the air, especially at the top of “Mount Baldy”. It made for some interesting pictures.
View of Lake Michigan from “Mt. Baldy”, facing northwest.
More dunes, waves and blowing sand, facing roughly west.
We left at and found a WI-FI hotspot to check data. The
We started down I-94 but decided to head east on 12 instead. We took video of lots of tree damage and an overturned 18-wheeler along the route in behind the storm, which was now more like a derecho. The storm was pulling away from us, so we dropped down to I-80 to make up some time.
Shots showing tree damage and an overturned 18-wheeler along Route 12.
After a bit of highway chasing, we concluded that we wouldn’t be catching this storm and got off at 69 to get lunch. However, the power was out here and everything locked up. They wouldn’t even let us use their washrooms.
We moved a bit farther south on 69
and found a McDonalds with power at around . After
getting some grub, we got out on 69 again and then headed east on I-94 to
Mammatus clouds at the back edge of the derecho that raced across southern Michigan.
Sarah finally losing it and “The Pile” behind Mark’s seat ready for an avalanche.
Nothing beats the sight of the
We headed over to Beth’s
parents’ place and the Pare clan ordered a delicious
Sarah headed home to Toronto on a
red-eye train that night. Mark and Beth got some southern Ontario chasing in
over the weekend before heading back home. And Heather, the kids and I got in
one final chase Sunday night as we followed some strong storms down the 401 on
the way home to
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