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On Friday, Lake Michigan looked a bit more like the Atlantic Ocean than normal. (PHOTO: Kathleen McCann)

The lake was angry that day, my friend


Did you see Lake Michigan on Friday? The waves were crazy, making the shoreline look like the coast of an ocean.

It was cloudy, it was raining and it was windy. And the lake was angry that day, my friend.

I drive along the lake every morning so I see the changes and most days the action is in the sky with clouds varying to often create spectacular post-sunrise skies.

But other than changes in color, the lake rarely seems all that different to someone driving along at 30 mph.If you have windows facing it, you know that the lake, in fact, has many different faces.

On Friday, however, you couldn't help but notice the changes once past the McKinley Marina. Before that, everything is within the breakwater and was as placid as ever.

But just beyond the usual group of UWM folks awaiting the parking shuttle bus, waves were crashing up onto the sands and the rocks in the stretch between the marina and the Northpoint Snack Bar.

At the top of the long and winding road of St. Mary's hill, I paused to look out across the lake and although it was chilly, I half expected to see some of Milwaukee's surf nuts out there trying to ride these montrous crests.

Later in the morning the scene was much the same and I received the attached photo via e-mail. You have to look hard amid the varieties of gray to see them, but the waves are huge.

Surf's up!

Talkbacks

devidia | Oct. 27, 2009 at 1:06 p.m. (report)

"...like an old man trying to send back soup in a deli"???

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