An early winter storm was predicted to arrive on the north shore late on Thursday, October 26. When I arrived at the Split Rock Lighthouse historic site for a work visit late that morning, the winds were picking up and it was raining off and on.
The view across Lake Superior may appear relatively calm, but whitecaps are forming:
…and starting to crash on the shore:
I walked down the 171 stairs in the spot of a former tramway to the edge of the lake, where the water was making small splashes on the shore:
Back up to the lighthouse, and beyond to the northeast side, where sea caves are visible below the lighthouse and create nice, big splashes:
Then I left the historic lighthouse and set off down one of the state park trails. With the light rapidly fading, this is the scene two and a half hours after the first video, farther down the shoreline where perhaps the bigger rocks helped make more dramatic splashes:
I wanted to stay longer and watch as the waves got even bigger, but I needed to head back to the Twin Cities. It was getting too dark to take many more pictures, anyway. I made it out of town before the storm really hit — and caused a lot of damage in Duluth.
More about this storm
- Split Rock Lighthouse video, with much bigger waves
- MPR: Seiche! High winds drive flood surge along Lake Superior
- Duluth News Tribune: Park Point residents assess damage, worry about future storms (with aerial footage)
- More of my Lake Superior photos from this trip