Commentary, Environmental, Park Forest

Massive Lake Michigan Windstorm Versus Oregon Windstorm

Oregon coast waves
Julia Arnold (left) of Roseburg celebrates her birthday by watching giant waves crash on the rocks at Shore Acres State Park outside Charleston with friend Cheri Knott. The National Weather Service was encouraging wave watchers to be careful through Sunday. (Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard)

OREGON—(ENEWSPF)—January 25, 2018

By: Rosemary Piser

Many of my Chicagoland friends have been telling me about this winter’s high winds causing waves in Lake Michigan of 8 to 14 feet with a storm surge of up to 2 feet. These conditions have resulted in a Lakeshore Flood Advisory being issued for Cook County, and Porter and Lake Counties in Indiana. If it’s any consolation to those of you driving on Lake Shore Drive when those rough waves are lapping on to the roadway, we’re having our own wave crisis here along the Oregon Coast where wind-blown waves have reached as high as 60 feet.

High waves along Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive near Oak Street Beach, Jan. 12, 2018 (Source: YouTube)

Reporters Morgan Theophil and Christian Hill of The Register-Guard have recently written a great article describing the situation here in Oregon. Below are some of the photos included in the article since clearly in this case, a picture tells a thousand words.

The entire article, which contains additional pictures and video, can be viewed here.

Thanks to The Register-Guard for granting permission to reprint these pictures.

Pacific coast winter waves
A wave crashes on the rocks in front of the viewing area at Shore Acres State Park near Charleston Friday. Meteorologists urge coast visitors and locals to heed posted warnings and listen to authorities. (Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard)


Pacific Ocean winter waves
A couple watch from a cliff above the beach as waves break against the rocks at Shore Acres near Charleston. (Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard)

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