Surfing Superior as high winds whip up big lake


The waves on Lake Superior were so impressive on Saturday that they drew spectators to watch the big rollers.

The Duluth News Tribune reported east-northeast winds gusted to more than 45 mph. The National Weather Service clocked peak winds on the Blatnik Bridge between Duluth and Superior at 62 mph.

Gates on the piers along the Duluth ship canal were closed as waves crashed over the walkways leading out to the lighthouses. Closing those gates is usually a job done by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers but because of the federal shutdown, Duluth Firefighters performed the task.

A few surfers took to the water off the point to try to ride the waves. In Duluth’s Canal Park and Stony Point, onlookers braved the conditions to watch the waves crash to shore.

Other peak wind gusts on Saturday included 51 mph near Knife River; 48 mph at Duluth’s Sky Harbor Airport; and46 mph at the Duluth airport.

WDIO reports the high winds have eased and have been replaced with drizzle, fog and overcast skies that will continue throughout the day on Sunday.

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