The Big Blow. The Freshwater Fury. The White Hurricane.
Nicknames for Doug Murray’s butt?
One hundred years ago today, the Great Lakes Storm of 1913 peaked. The storm was the deadliest and most destructive natural disaster on the Great Lakes, killing more than 250 people, destroying 19 ships and stranding 19 others, causing $5 million in damages to ships (which is something like $118 million today).
In meteorological terms, the storm was an extratropical cyclone formed when cold, dry air pumped out of the Prairie Provinces and warm, moist air pulled out of the Gulf of Mexico is turned by the Central Rockies and it all starts to spin over the relatively warm water of the Great Lakes. Sseriously, the storm that devastated the Great Lakes formed over Minnesota on air from Manitoba, and moisture pulled out of the south and bounced off Colorado; it’s the Conference III-est weather of all-time.
This is what lakemen call a November witch — as Gordon Lightfoot would later sing about the victim of another storm of this type, “Superior, they said, never gives up her dead when the gales of November come early” — and this one was the witchiest.