Seventh Annual AMS Student Conference


The Sensational Seiche of Lake Erie

Sarah M. Dillingham, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

On 12-13 November 2003, the Great Lakes region was heavily impacted by an intense extratropical cyclone associated with an upper-level tropopause fold. The post-cold frontal, non-convective winds battered areas from Iowa to Pennsylvania, resulting in eight deaths, 23 injuries, and over $36 million USD in damages. The transport of high-momentum air produced surface winds reaching 39 ms-1, which were also responsible for producing a major seiche event on Lake Erie. This paper analyzes the synoptic conditions and their correlations with Lake Erie water levels at various locations along the coast: Toledo, Ohio; Buffalo, New York; and Cleveland, Ohio respectively. The lake orientation is also taken into account when compared to the climatology of NCWEs in the Great Lakes region.

Poster Session 1, Student Conference General Poster Session
Sunday, 20 January 2008, 5:30 PM-7:00 PM, Exhibit Hall B

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