Cold day in Duluth (-15 F, wind chill–34 F)

The Baie Comeau arrived this morning at 9:20 so she could share our beautiful weather with us; she will also load iron ore pellets while she is in town.
Two Great Lakes tugs helped her get through the ice. That is the St. Clair at her winter layup dock at the Port Terminal on the right.

Bridge from web cam in window


No snow but lots of water

I keep hearing on the radio that we are getting lots of snow, but I can’t find it. Lake Superior, however, rarely disappoints. Throw in some rocks and a lighthouse, and you can get a nice picture.

Brand new ship, beautiful new morning

The tug Nels J. assisted the BBC Oregon to the dock at the CHS grain terminal in Superior early this morning, April 29, 2011. Steve Sydow, the ship’s agent, was waiting for her and took this picture. The ship brought wind turbine parts from Denmark on Sunday; she is at CHS today loading grain and will likely depart early this evening.

The Snowless blizzard

Take a look at our latest variation in weather in Duluth; always something different.

The Duluth Christmas Day, 2009 storm

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It will be remembered for a long time. With 22 inches of snow falling, helped along by winds over 50 mph and topped off with freezing rain, the day was one to remember, even if all the relatives didn’t make it to dinner. Ships were not moving in the harbor and only a few hearty souls made it down to Canal Park to get some pictures.
One cold soul had an advantage; Steve Sola lives on Park Point and owns the lighthouse next to the Aerial Bridge, providing a nice vantage point to watch the action. He was also in a good position to follow one of those big waves that enter the ship canal quickly and branch out over the top of the wall. We stitched 3 of those pictures together (above) as he shot the same wave at 3 different points along its journey through the ship canal.
But with wind gusts over 50 mph, moving his camera through the lighthouse door at the top was worse than swimming upstream in a heavy current. After two hours of moving out, snapping a picture and retreating quickly to the ‘warmth’ inside his lighthouse, he was able to get some nice pictures of his neighboring lighthouses.

No boats, little sun, not much snow and the only ice

On Sunday, March 22, 2009, the wind was blowing at 32 mph with gusts up to 45 mph. No boats, little sun, not much snow and the only ice to be seen was along the shore fronting the lineup of hotels in Canal Park, that the result of the stiff wind from the east. The temperature was 34 degrees. Maybe next Sunday the American Mariner will make it to Duluth and be the first boat under the bridge. The Alder is back after a trip to Thunder Bay to break ice. The Canadian Enterprise is there now.

Canadian Enterprise arriving Duluth

The Gales of November came a little early on Monday. As anyone who was close by Lake Superior yesterday knows, there was a big blow on the lake, as a crew member on the J.A.W. Iglehart described it to me on Sunday evening. Gusts up to 40 mph were reached, all from the east. Today, the winds will be just as fierce but from the west. I am not sure what that might do to ship traffic. The Monday line up at Midwest Energy Resources to load coal has spread out a little. The Indiana Harbor made it in yesterday to get coal and the John B. Aird should have arrived late last night, weather permitting as we must say at all times. The Canadian Enterprise should be here today. Above, it is entering the Duluth ship canal last June.
*submitted to the Duluth News Tribune for publication on 10-31-2006

A cold good bye

David Sundling, watchman on the Indiana Harbor, wins this year’s hospitality award. Braving wind, cold and ice, he stood his ground on the bow of the boat and waved to the assembled masses. This as he left Duluth, Saturday afternoon, December 30, 2000. (inset picture was taken a minute later than main picture)