WATER LEVELS UPDATE
Lake Michigan-Huron is 21 inches above its level of a year ago. Lake Michigan-Huron is predicted to fall 1 inch over the next month. - Jan 23
Lake Michigan‐Huron’s December level declined somewhat to 579.17 ft, from 579.20 ft in November... December was the fourth consecutive month with above average water levels after a 15 year stretch of continuously below average conditions. In addition, the lake’s level was 20 inches above chart datum and 22 inches above its level of a year ago. Over the next six months, Lake Michigan‐ Huron is predicted to be 14 to 22 inches above last year’s levels, and 7 to 8 inches above LTA through June 2015... - Dec. Summary
Pointe-au-Baril Station - Jan 21, 2015 Image courtesy of Coco Brennan
Rising Lake Michigan water level ‘unprecedented’ - Typically, lake levels peak in July and then lower through the winter. Schropp said last year was the first time lake levels continued to rise past October - Jan 21
Are prescription drugs harming Great Lakes fish? - Researchers are increasingly worried about how chemicals from prescription medication could be impacting aquatic wildlife. - Jan 20
Sudbury letter: Liberals fail to deliver - The 2014 budget included funding for 11 km of Highway 69 (north of)... Nobel and indicated that construction would start this fiscal year (by March 31).- Jan 16
Cyanobacteria blooms need only a foothold in a lake to alter nutrient cycles in their favor - ... a new multi-institution study shows cyanobacteria can speed the process by influencing a lake’s nutrient cycling in its favor. - Jan 16
Asian carp may be creeping closer to Great Lakes - ... the latest findings lead environmentalists to say that the Asian carp threat now looks more imminent than ever before... The groups reiterated their call for a controversial but permanent solution: a hydrologic separation of the Mississippi River and the Great Lakes Basin. - Jan 16
NASA, NOAA Find 2014 Warmest Year in Modern Record - Since 1880, Earth’s average surface temperature has warmed by about 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit (0.8 degrees Celsius), a trend that is largely driven by the increase in carbon dioxide and other human emissions into the planet’s atmosphere. The majority of that warming has occurred in the past three decades. - Jan 16
Battery Recycling Program - Call2Recycle is an international industry-led program, operating in Canada and the United States, to collect and recycle batteries and cell phones. Consumers and mobile phone users can return their old batteries and cell phones to any of the drop-off locations .
Group questions Bruce Power negotiations "It is not going to be public, it is going to be some consultant the government has hired, and consultants the governments hire to do independent reviews always conclude the government did the right thing," said Gibbons. "We need a real public review where the citizens of Ontario can intervene, participate, cross-examine." - Jan 15
The French River Dam Complex - Big Chaudière Dam Replacement - The construction started in the Fall 2014 and will be completed by 2016. - Jan 13
Bruce Nuclear Power Plant approved for extension - The matter will be further considered as part of the relicensing hearings of the Bruce nuclear power plant planned for January and April 2015. - Sept 18
Why Are The Great Lakes On The Rise? - ...the deformation of the Arctic polar vortex - or the polar vortex phenomenon... caused a tremendous amount of cold air to locate right over the Great Lakes. And all of the sudden, we have cold water temperatures. We have unprecedented ice cover, and water levels start rising again. - Oct 20
A 1952 article on Pointe-au-Baril. Read it on flickr. Many thanks to Scott Weir for sharing this find.
Does your Fire Extinguisher work?
Did you know? The ABC powder inside your fire extinguishers can compact at the bottom over time leaving it potentially useless when an emergency strikes.
The chemical used in ABC fire extinguishers will separate from the nitrogen used to pressurize it. The chemical then settles to the bottom of the fire extinguisher and becomes cake like. After several years it can become so hard it will no longer flow up the tube and out the fire extinguisher. Loosening the chemical from the bottom of the fire extinguisher is important to keep the fire extinguisher working properly.
Solution: Turn the fire extinguisher upside down and tap on the bottom with a rubber mallet to loosen the chemical. Do this every several months to loosen up the powder and make sure you have the tools you need, in the unlikely event of an emergency fire.
Fire extinguishers should be inspected every year to make sure they are in proper working order. Here is a good article with even more information to consider.
Lake Huron is 12 inches above its level at this time last year. I'm feeling more INVINCIBLE...
• Great Lakes finally ice free - Jun 11
Thanks to the sponsors of The Arts on the Bay, Dinner Theatre!
GET YOUR RAFFLE TICKETS and help support the Pointe au Baril Emergency Response Team.
Parry Sound : M&M Meat shop, OK Tire & Adams Brothers.
Pointe au Baril : The Ojibway Club, Shell Station, Desmasdons Marine, Beacon Marine, Payne Marine, Springhaven Lodge, Moose Lake Trading Post, The Haven & The INFO Booth.
SUCCESS !! I received a confirmation email from Rogers today, "We’re pleased to let you know that your new phone number 705-366-50xx is now active." Persistence pays off.
Another serious issue however is the "physical location (of phone) information has to match up perfectly" because it's "all done electronically". I gave Rogers the name and number of the radio phone guy since no "physical location" information is on my Canada Bell bill.
FYI: Bell Canada Radio Based Phone Service
You can now port your 705-366-50xx phone number to Rogers.
Last fall I received a letter from Bell Canada saying,
"The technology that is used to provide your telephone service requires equipment that has now been discontinued by the manufacturer, making it increasingly difficult for Bell to service and maintain... ...we recommend you consider an alternative phone service..."
I literally spent hours, at the end of May, going back and forth between Bell Canada and Rogers trying to preserve our island radio-based phone number, going to higher and higher levels. The good news is Rogers now has a "porting agreement" with Bell for our area. Today I was told by Rogers that they had "submitted the porting request and it should be completed next week." Hooray!!
We are using a Rogers Rocket Hub for internet and phone service. The cost will end up being similar but we get internet now too. The Rocket Hub will even ring the old ancient rotary phone. No dialing out of course with it. The Rocket Hub has two phone jacks, but the manual says you can connect up to five phones with a splitter.
Note: You can do a six month temporary suspension at a minimal cost.
- Rock Hunter
There's Magic in Them There Hills! - Photography by Rock Hunter
JANUARY 2014 GREAT LAKES WATER LEVEL SUMMARY: Lake Michigan‐Huron’s average water level ... fell less than an inch from its mean December level. This water level decline is less than Lake Michigan‐Huron’s typical decline from December to January. The January mean level was... 15 inches above its level of last year... The Lake Michigan‐Huron basin received less precipitation than normal for January, but total precipitation over the last 12 months has been 5% above average. Over the next six months, Lake Michigan‐Huron is forecasted to be 8 to 14 inches above last year’s levels...PDF (Created 2/5/2014)
Great Lakes Water Levels Expected to Rise Thanks to Frigid Winter - Jan 22
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