Lake Superior Water Levels - Then and Now
- Blaga Popova [ 11/9/2007 - 11:38 ] #
Great Lakes Update - Vol. 169
US Army Corps of Engineers
Lake Superior is currently at its lowest water level since the mid 1920s. Based on provisional data, the monthly mean water levels for the months of August and September set new record lows by one half inch and four inches respectively. The old record lows for August and September occurred in 1926. A new record low is also expected in October. This article will investigate the meteorology and hydrology in the Lake Superior basin during the 1920s. Included are newspaper clippings from various sources, highlighting the low water levels and weather conditions of the time. read more...
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Namibia: Bredenkamp Sets Speed Sailing World Record
- Blaga Popova [ 10/16/2007 - 14:03 ] #
SJOUKJE Bredenkamp, 19, from Langebaan, South Africa has broken the outright women's speed sailing record in Luederitz.
is now officially the fastest woman in the world on water! Sjoukje has
been the female kite-boarding world record holder since October 2006,
when she broke the record in Walvis Bay with a speed of 37.24 knots. more...
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US Olympic Sailing Trials - Cheers ‘n Tears
- Blaga Popova [ 10/16/2007 - 13:50 ] #
by US SAILING
supposed to be easy, winning a bid to the Olympic Games in any
discipline, but that makes it more satisfying for the winners, if
heartbreaking for the losers. So it was in Sunday's climax of the U.S.
Olympic and Paralympic Team Trials – Sailing on the West Coast.
some winners won comfortably, the Stars and Tornados and---it seemed
for a few hours---the women's RS:X sailboards were settled by
competitors coming from behind on the last day and winning the last
race. But well into the evening the latter result was reversed on a
protest that put everyone through an emotional wringer, as if the
competition wasn't tense enough. more...
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Annapolis Show Stokes Material Desires
- Blaga Popova [ 10/16/2007 - 13:42 ] #
by Michael Lovett
I've just returned from the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Md., where
the sailing industry convenes each fall to show off its latest doodads.
Cruising the docks and tents, I visited a few of the show's 600
exhibitors to scope out new products for "Gear Up." I found new
releases and old standbys, items you wouldn't want to leave the dock
without, and items designed to be left at the dock.
I wasn't quite sure what the fascinating gadgets I spied on display at
the Spinlock booth were supposed to do--they looked like mini,
high-tech pasta extruders--but I couldn't resist fiddling around with
them. Spinlock representative Alex Foster caught me before I could
destroy one of his PXR cam cleats,
which he said could be used for everything from spinnaker halyards to
cunninghams. These ice-cube-size cleats have adjustable release
springs, so you can control how much tension the cleat keeps on the
line once it's released. more...
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Richardson retreats on sharing Midwest water
- Blaga Popova [ 10/16/2007 - 11:47 ] #
by TINA LAM
After stinging criticism in Michigan and Wisconsin over statements that
the Great Lakes are "awash in water" that could help the dry West,
Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson took it back.
"Richardson in no way proposes federal transfers of water from one
region of the nation to the other," his press secretary, Tom Reynolds,
said in a statement Saturday. "Richardson believes firmly in keeping
water in its basin of origin and of the rights of states to oversee
water distribution." more...
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Canada's Cup: Team U.S.A. wins in closest ever cup finish
- Blaga Popova [ 10/16/2007 - 11:38 ] #
by Alan Block
In the most dramatic finish ever seen in Canada’s Cup competition, U.S. Challenger Robert Hughes and Heartbreaker came
from behind on the final leg of the final match race on Monday to cross
the finish line less than half a boatlength ahead of
Defending team Honour. The
win brought the final score of the championship to 5-4 and finally gave
Hughes the victory that has eluded him in two prior Cup challenges in
2001 and 2003. more...
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Not so Great Lakes have sprung a leak
- Blaga Popova [ 10/16/2007 - 11:28 ] #
What caused Great Lakes water levels to drop to record lows?
by KATE LUNAU
Imagine pulling the plug on a giant bathtub. That's what one residents'
group claims is happening in the Great Lakes, the largest of which --
Lake Superior -- recently hit its lowest point on record for the month
of September. This year's average level was four centimetres below the
previous September record, set in 1926, according to the U.S.-based
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Great Lakes
Environmental Research Laboratory. (The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
puts it at 10 cm below the old record.) While the NOAA lab and the army
blame drought and mild winters for Superior's current levels, all five
Great Lakes are down, and the reason why isn't yet clear. more...
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