Pat Shingleton: "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald..."
The Great Lakes can be treacherous at anytime of the year, but especially in November. An example is November 10, 1975 and a powerful storm that sank the cargo ship, Edmund Fitzgerald. It was the theme of a song by Gordon Lightfoot as the storm claimed the lives of 29 crew members. Researchers examine conditions of storms to recreate historical weather events. Scientists at The University of Wisconsin-Madison collected weather data from that day, constructing a model that replicated the Edmund Fitzgerald's demise. In 2012, this data was ingested into a model that matched conditions to the day and targeted time frames of the disaster. The study presented all aspects of the voyage from the time it left port until it sank in Lake Superior.