Pat Shingleton: "Gordon Lightfoot Sang It..."
Researchers have greater access of data to recreate historical events. One event returns us to November 10, 1975. For this storm 78 m.p.h. winds cause a 729-foot, 13,600 ton ore carrier, to snap-in-half and sink in Lake Superior claiming the crew of 29. Two years ago, the University of Wisconsin-Madison simulated that powerful storm prompting the famous song by Gordon Lightfoot. The Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society analyzed past weather data and recreated the storm at the exact time of the Edmund Fitzgerald’s demise. This data was ingested into a model that recreates weather forecasts and conditions from targeted time periods. The results of these simulations offer another snapshot of what occurred during the disaster from the time it left port until it sank in Lake Superior. Ship to shore communications, recorded data on the Lake and on shore displayed a disastrous picture of that November day. Other November weather events rewind us to November 9,1982 when seven tornadoes touched down in Los Angeles with three twisters that originated as waterspouts in Malibu and Long Beach. On November 10, 1998, a "land hurricane" set an all-time record for low pressure for the state of Iowa, measuring 28.54 in Estherville and Spencer. November 11, 1995 found one of the oldest trees in Talladega, Alabama toppled by high winds. The 100 foot tree was six feet in diameter and between 200 and 300 years old.