Copper Harbor Lighthouse

Copper Harbor Lighthouse

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Unusual Weather

Remember the Wizard of Oz? Remember when they're in the poppy field and the Cowardly Lion notices that it's snowing? He says, "Unusual weather we're having, ain't it?" I've used his line many, many times in my life. Since moving to the new house, we have occasionally experienced an interesting weather phenomenon that we've never experienced anywhere else we've lived. We consider it unusual, but it's due to that big body of water about a mile away from us - Lake Superior. It must also happen near other huge lakes and, of course, oceans. I'm talking about the fog rolling in. We've all heard that expression, but we actually get to experience it now.

We have obviously seen a lot of fog in our lives, but the way it sometimes comes in suddenly and fills the yard within a matter of seconds is really interesting to watch. I'm not exaggerating - thick fog filling the yard literally within a matter of seconds. It rolls up the driveway so quickly that I don't even have time to react and grab the camera for a quick video or photograph - even when the camera is within 6-10 feet of me. I took a few shots on one of those days recently, but it was almost an hour later. The fog was already beginning to lift by the time I took these.

We were sitting in the great room having some coffee one morning in May, and the same sort of thing occurred, except that it wasn't just fog. A weather front came off the lake and caused our sliding doors to be covered with condensation - on the outside - also within a matter of seconds. We were both looking out the doors and appreciating our view, and we both happened to look away at approximately the same time. When we looked up again seconds later, the condensation on the outside of the glass was so thick that our view was completely obstructed. Weird, huh? Never a dull moment up here!

We're taking our annual trip to Copper Harbor on Friday and Saturday to celebrate Independence Day. I'll try to post something on Friday morning before we leave, as Internet service is a little slow and spotty in the motel. The weather forecast is predicting a beautiful 4th, so we're planning to drive the Vette in the parade again. We have 14 lbs. of candy to throw to the kiddies! 

All is well in the Keweenaw.


  1. Have an awsome 4th of July. Upper style. God bless. Bill n lori

  2. We stayed t Muskallonge State park June 30 thru July 10 and we had that sme foggy weather.. Our lots were right on the lake and we couldn't even see the lake! Superior was right across the road from the park. Had the fog roll in several different times :)

  3. Yes, watching the fog roll in off the big lake. Isn't that the coolest experience? It gets so thick sometimes we can't see anything out our windows - not a tree - nothing! A guy at church said he has experienced that many times while fishing in a boat on Lake Superior. He said it's very disorienting. "You know by your instruments that the shoreline is over there, but it doesn't feel like it's over there!"


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