Storm comparisons in the last year

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Three storms… in one year.

All contributing to damage to the Duluth Lakewalk.

Each storm has wreaked havoc on the area in unique ways.

October 27th, 2017…April 15th, 2018… and now October 10th, 2018…

Three entirely different storms, all with big consequences.

Let’s start with October 27th last year.

That storm was complete with 8-12 inches of snow in the Twin Ports, and wind gusts of 40 miles per hour from the East at the Duluth airport.

It was one for the books… or so we thought.

Jumping ahead to April of this year, a blizzard took aim at the Northland.

With it, came snowfall that in the end amounted to anywhere from 6-20 inches.

The storm didn’t just bring snow – it brought ferocious Easterly winds with 63 mph gusts.

Unfortunately, on Wednesday another intense low pressure system propagated into our area, intensifying as it dropped an inch of rain in Duluth, and allowed for 46 mph wind gusts.

While the first two storms dominated with snowfall, the rainfall in our most recent storm led to flooded roadways and vulnerable grounds.

If you rank by strength of wind gusts from the East, April 2018 was the most intense of the three storms… but each one was damaging in its own way.

Overall… an intense and long-lasting Easterly wind is the common denominator in all three of these storms, leading to millions of dollars of damage to the lakeshore over the past year.

Jenna Lake

Jenna Lake

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