Meteosunamis Anniversary 


One year ago today, on April 13, 2018, Ludington North Breakwater was underwater during one of the largest meteosunamis ever observed on Lake Michigan in the Ludington area.

"High Meteosunamis" By Todd Reed

The Ludington North Breakwater was underwater for a short time on April 13, 2018, at the height of one of the largest metosunamis ever observed on Lake Michigan in the Ludington area. Todd Reed photographed the flooded pier (image on top) from  the Ludington beach at Stearns Park moments after a fast moving hail and rain storm swept ashore. Only nine minutes later, Todd captured the much lower than normal water level (image below) as the flood waters washed back into Lake Michigan. Notice the shallowness of the water and the amount of boulders visible along the edge of the pier.  According to NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL), two separate meteosunamis occurred within a short time. GLERL said the meteosunamis were caused by “short, extreme bursts of wind and pressure.” The Weather Channel reported that thunderstorms trigger most meteosunamis. Small meteosunamis are not unusual but destructive ones like this one tend to happen only once every 10 years on average, according to Eric Anderson of the research laboratory.

"Low Meteosunamis" By Todd Reed