Stormy Weather



The most likely time to spot lightning on Lake Superior is between the third week of June and the second week of August, says Matt Zika, warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service station in Marquette. Read more



Michael DeWitt

Riding an Angry Lake

A "pop-up" storm with high winds and waves turned an Apostle Islands weekend boating-camping outing into a frightening ride on an angry Lake Superior. Read more

Sep 8, 2017 10:42 AM My Lake Superior 3 Comments

Second Place, 11th Annual Photo Contest

David L. Kohne

Lightning is a powerful subject, as these photographers showed in their entries from past Lake Superior photo contests. Read more

Natural World

Farewell Pine

Molly Hoeg

Waking in the early morning hours to blinding lightning, constant thunder and howling winds did little to prepare us for the devastation that we would find when dawn came – including the loss of a favorite pine tree. Read more

Natural World

Stormy Lake

Paul L. Hayden / Lake Superior Magazine

Ahead of an April snowstorm, wind gusts in Duluth topped 60 mph, creating huge waves on the Lake. Lake Superior Magazine's intrepid Paul Hayden braved the elements to capture this footage from Minnesota's near North Shore and Duluth. Read more

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Double-N Donn: So Terrible a Storm

I’ve had a little time recently to catch up on my reading and found a book that reconnected me to a story I grew up hearing – the plight of the Mataafa during the Thanksgiving week storm of 1905. Read more

Dec 14, 2012 8:56 AM Superior Notes

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By John McCormick / Michigan Nut Photography

Photo of the Day, 10/18/12 – September Gale

John McCormick writes: "My wife and I were in the Keweenaw Peninsula for a color tour when a storm blew in. We made it to Eagle Harbor and managed to get some photos. Taken during 60-mph gusts." Read more

Oct 18, 2012 12:01 AM My Lake Superior

Wild About Weather

National Weather Service

Powered by strong low-pressure systems, these nine Lake Superior storms wrecked dozens of ships and claimed hundreds of lives. Read more

Natural World

The Old Man and the Inland Sea

Brian Barber

The heroism of Helmer Aakvik in trying to save a fellow fisherman has become a Lake Superior legend. Read more


The Mataafa Blow

UW-Superior Lake Superior Maritime Collection

In November 1905, the Mataafa Blow whipped the waters of Lake Superior into a destroyer of ships and a killer of men. Read more


Accounts of the ships damaged on Lake Superior during the storm of Nov. 27-28, 1905. Read more


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