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Recent Gales Power Record Waves

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Meteorologists say the "Autumn-like" gales last Thursday and Friday has gone into the record books as producing the highest waves ever recorded during the month of August, dating back to 1981, at the southern Lake Michigan mid-lake buoy. The pictures of the waves below were taken around the Beverly Shores area. The National Weather Service also says the storm produced rarely seen lake effect thunderstorms, and numerous waterspouts over Lake Michigan late Thursday into early Friday morning.   Forecasters also say wave heights at the buoy are often lower than observations from ships...and observations from the south shore of the lake near Indiana Dunes reported waves of up to 16 feet Friday afternoon.
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        ( photos courtesy of the National Weather Service )


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