Lake Superior storm packed a powerful punch this weekend

June 18, 2018

Wow! An early summer storm on Lake Superior this past weekend has Gooseberry Falls raging with the river spilling over its boundary, a huge ship pulled off course in Duluth, and roads washed out from flash flooding in Bayfield, Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula, Michigan.

This blog is for those who love the mystery and majesty of Lake Superior. There’s a reason we call it the BIG Lake! Lake Superior’s epic storms have raged a fury that has caused countless shipwrecks, took the lives of crew, and left wreckage along with unanswered questions at the bottom of the lake. (Read more: Nine Major Lake Superior Storms – including the legendary Edmund Fitzgerald in 1975.)

This past weekend’s storm was far from epic, but if you were in Duluth for Grandma’s Marathon or visiting the North Shore, you likely experienced some heavy rains, serious wind and flash flooding. And while the storm may not have been intense enough to make the record books, it did not pass without notice or drama.

In Duluth, strong currents and heavy rains brought the American Spirit, a 1,004 foot fully loaded freighter/ship, way too close to Duluth’s break wall and the Paulucci Building!

You can see some of the dramatic coverage recorded live on a tourist’s Facebook feed (credit Angela Lowder).

Or, check out these links below, including a time lapse video of the ship drifting quickly off course.

If you were hiking in the Two Harbors area, perhaps you saw the raging Gooseberry Falls with the river spilling, spewing and spitting over its boundary. View live video from a tourist here (credit Lauri E. Olspon-Hohman).

Around the area

In Bayfield and Ashland, WI, several roadways were washed out, including parts of Highway 2. Storms washed out roads in Houghton and Hancock in the Upper Peninsula. Learn more about this Lake Superior storm by visiting Lake Superior Magazine’s Facebook News Feed here. Or, click on the links below to see some of the news coverage of impact outside of the North Shore.


Photo credit, top: Duluth News Tribune