#Weatherbomb – The storm system they called The Bomb hit the north shore of Lake Superior late night October 26, leaving late October 27.
Here in New Zealand we simply can’t imagine a storm creating waves any bigger than half a metre on a lake, like Taupo, but here they crashed between 6 and 8 metres thanks to winds of 100km/h.
The reason the waves are so much bigger than here in New Zealand is due to the size of the lake…
Lake Superior is the largest of the Great Lakes in North America – and it’s the largest fresh water lake on the planet surface-wise.
With that huge size the waves/swells generated by the gales across the lake become similar to that of waves on the open ocean, allowing plenty of time to build before they hit land.
To put it into perspective – Lake Taupo covers an area 616 square kilometres – while Lake Superior Covers an area 134 times larger at 82,400 square kilometres (which is one third the size of New Zealand or a just a bit smaller than Tasmania!)