Friday, September 20, 2013

Streaking into Fall

Next Swims:
   Saturday September 21st @ noon
   Sunday September 22nd @ 3:30pm

Last Swims:
   Friday September 20th @ 6:15am
      Water Temp:  66
      Air Temp: 67 & cloudy
      Waves:  occasional swell from southeast
      Clarity:  slightly cloudy / clear
      Crew:  The Patriarch, Kahuna, Showgirl, Capt'n
      Skin Count: 4

   Thursday September 19th @ 6:15am
      Water Temp: 66
      Air Temp:  71 & mostly sunny
      Waves: slight chop from south
      Clarity: cloudy
      Crew: The Patriarch, Gumdrop, Kahuna, Showgirl, David, Capt'n
      Skin Count: 5
      Suit Count: 1

   Wednesday September 18 @ 6:15am
      Water Temp:  63
      Air Temp:  64 & mostly sunny
      Waves: 1-2ft
      Clarity: still improving
      Crew:  Gumdrop, Nivens McTwisp, The Patriarch, Kahuna, Showgirl, Capt'n
      Skin Count: 5
      Suit Count: 1

   Tuesday September 17th @ 6pm
   ( reported by Lorraine...)
      Water Temp: low 60's
      Air Temp: low 60's
      Waves: 1-3ft
      Clarity: no report
      Crew: Lorraine, Zoom-Zoom, Andy
      Skin Count: 1
      Suit Count: 2

Hard to believe that according to the calendar we have nearly reached the end of summer (....the Astronomical Summer...) and that fall officially starts Sunday.  Of course that doesn't mean that we've reached the end of our Lake Michigan swim season.  Currently we have some fairly impressive streaks going.  Today marked the 87th consecutive day of Lake Michigan swimming and the 62nd consecutive day where we've at least had one skin swimmer  (...of course it took very valiant efforts by Diablo and Nanook on August 27th to maintain that streak in 46 degree water!)  Typically while the fall does usher in considerably cooler air temps it does not always translate into drastically cooler water temps.  Past experiences have been that water temps will only gradually decline by a degree or two every few days....but then again....we know better than to try and predict lake temps, right?

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