Jet skier stranded by fog in Lake Superior

July 8th, 2019 |

GOES-16

GOES-16 “Red” Visible (0.64 µm) images [click to play animation | MP4]

GOES-16 (GOES-East) “Red” Visible (0.64 µm) images (above) showed narrow ribbons of fog over the northwestern portion of Lake Superior on 08 July 2019. A person attempting to navigate from Grand Portage, Minnesota — located northeast of Grand Marais Airport, identifier KCKC — to Isle Royale became lost in the fog and eventually ran out of fuel (media story).

Possibly compounding the fog-related visibility problem, GOES-16 Natural Color Red-Green-Blue (RGB) images (below) revealed that dense smoke from Canadian wildfires was lingering and also recirculating slowly northward across Lake Superior; this smoke occasionally reduced the surface visibility to 4 miles at Houghton, Michigan (identifier KCMX).

GOES-16 Natural Color RGB images [click to play animation | MP4]

GOES-16 Natural Color RGB images [click to play animation | MP4]