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Pat Shingleton: "Wind Set-Down and A Passover Moon"

1 year 9 months 2 weeks ago April 02, 2015 Apr 2, 2015 Thursday, April 02 2015 April 02, 2015 3:00 AM in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

"Wind Set-Down" occurs when strong winds blow over water for an extended period of time, shifting the water body downward. This shift causes a low-angle tilt and the upwind, shore water level drops. "As the sun sank over the Nile Delta, a man stood on-shore... raising his rod as a howling wind blew for the east. In the morning the sea was gone, blown to the west; permitting people to walk upon dry ground where the day before fish swam and boats sailed." The man was not Moses, as described in Exodus 14, but Major-General Sir Alexander B. Tuloch, holding a surveyor's rod, not a staff, in 1882. On the western end of Lake Erie, "Wind Set Down" occurrences have occasionally dropped the lake by 2 meters.

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