If there was such a thing, the kite olympics should be held here in the midwest. It’s one for the history books.
Low Pressures Not Just For The Pacific Ocean
Speaking of deep low pressure, we have a fairly rare situation of a very intense low pressure centered right over the Midwest!
Duluth, Minnesota, right in the eye of the low, reported a central pressure of 961.1 mb Tuesday afternoon — that’s 28.38″ on the barometer! And again, a reading that if measured in a hurricane would make it a Category 3. This storm is bringing very severe weather across the upper Midwest and into the Northeast this week and 81 mph winds.
UPDATE: National Weather Service confirms this storm has the lowest central pressure reading in the mainland U.S. of any non-tropical storm in U.S. history. That means worse than the pressure that produced the Blizzard of 1978, the March 1993 “Storm of the Century” or the November 1975 storm that sank the Edmund Fitzgerald freighter, memorialized in a song by Gordon Lightfoot.
Here is some background on the epic storm of 1913.
The Great Lakes Storm of 1913, historically referred to as the “Big Blow”, the “Freshwater Fury” or the “White Hurricane”, was a blizzard with hurricane-force winds that devastated the Great Lakes Basin in the Midwestern United States and the Canadian province of Ontario from November 7 through November 10, 1913. The storm was most powerful on November 9, battering and overturning ships on four of the five Great Lakes, particularly Lake Huron. Deceptive lulls in the storm and the slow pace of weather reports contributed to the storm’s destructiveness.
The deadliest and most destructive natural disaster ever to hit the lakes, the Great Lakes Storm killed more than 250 people,    destroyed 19 ships, and stranded 19 others. The financial loss in vessels alone was nearly US $5 million, or about $100 million at current value. This included about $1 million at current value in lost cargo totalling about 68,300 tons, such as coal, iron ore, and grain.
The storm originated as the convergence of two major storm fronts, fueled by the lakes’ relatively warm waters—a seasonal process called a “November gale“. It produced 90 mph (145 km/h) winds, waves over 35 feet (11 m) high, and whiteout snowsqualls. Analysis of the storm and its impact on humans, engineering structures, and the landscape led to better forecasting and faster responses to storm warnings, stronger construction (especially of marine vessels), and improved preparedness.
That baby also dumped 24 inches of snow in some areas to boot!