Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Letter to ChiTrib on Skilling wave height

Chicago PM Wednesday 16 February 2011

Voice of the People, Chicago Tribune


The Chicago Tribune article “The Big Dig” of Wednesday 2 February included the sentence “Waves of up to 25 feet were predicted on Lake Michigan, which could cause flooding along Lake Shore Drive.”

On Wednesday 15 December 2010 in the daily 'Asl Tom Why' feature, a reader asked Tribune meteorologist Tom Skilling:

What are the greatest wave heights recorded on Lake Michigan and other Great Lakes?”

Mr. Skilling's answer: “The highest waves measured on Lake Michigan have been just over 20 feet, occurring at the south end when storm-force north winds (55 mph and greater) blow down the entire 325 mile length of the lake.”

Arnold H Nelson

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