Winter Storm Paddling - Called Off

Sunday, 16 December 2007
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Eric Surfing on a nicer winter day.
Eric Surfing on a nicer winter day. Photo by Lein Thoo
Here in Toronto and many parts of Northeastern North America, we are getting a good old fashioned snow day. We are expecting to get around 20cm of snow.

Yesterday, we planned to go out this morning to do some surfing in the snow but we decided to call it off as the roads were just to dangerous to drive down to the water. We also realized that the winds were just to high and with the sideways driving snow, our faces would get sandblasted in about 10 min.

Here is the marine forecast for the Western End of Lake Superior. Remember that wave heights listed below are complete wind waves, not ocean swell.

Marine Forecast issued for Lake Ontario.
Issued: 10.30 AM EST Sunday 16 December 2007 for the period ending At 10.30 AM Monday with an outlook for the following 24 hours.


Forecast:
..Gale warning in effect..
Gales northeast 35 knots backing to north early this evening.
Gales backing to northwest overnight then diminishing to wind 30 early Monday morning. Heavy snow becoming scattered flurries overnight. Waves near 3 metres building to near 3 this morning.
Outlook..Strong northwesterlies diminishing to moderate then to light and variable.


I think that we are going to go out tobogganing with the kids instead.

Eric Surfing on a nicer winter day.
Eric Surfing on a nicer winter day. Photo by Lein Thoo
Here in Toronto and many parts of Northeastern North America, we are getting a good old fashioned snow day. We are expecting to get around 20cm of snow.

Yesterday, we planned to go out this morning to do some surfing in the snow but we decided to call it off as the roads were just to dangerous to drive down to the water. We also realized that the winds were just to high and with the sideways driving snow, our faces would get sandblasted in about 10 min.

Here is the marine forecast for the Western End of Lake Superior. Remember that wave heights listed below are complete wind waves, not ocean swell.

Marine Forecast issued for Lake Ontario.
Issued: 10.30 AM EST Sunday 16 December 2007 for the period ending At 10.30 AM Monday with an outlook for the following 24 hours.


Forecast:
..Gale warning in effect..
Gales northeast 35 knots backing to north early this evening.
Gales backing to northwest overnight then diminishing to wind 30 early Monday morning. Heavy snow becoming scattered flurries overnight. Waves near 3 metres building to near 3 this morning.
Outlook..Strong northwesterlies diminishing to moderate then to light and variable.


I think that we are going to go out tobogganing with the kids instead.

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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