Gales of November



You’re wrong if you think there’s nothing to do on the North Shore during the fall/early winter season! As the seasons change and the temperature drops, Lake Superior becomes alive with the gales of November!

Gales are winds that exceed 39MPH. They are created by air pressure differences between low-pressure systems and high-pressure systems. The greater the difference, the higher the wind speeds are. These winds create enormous white caps just like you’d see in the ocean. You haven’t seen Lake Superior until you’ve seen what the gales do to the lake.

The gales of November have produced some of the lake’s most violent storms, including the storm on November 10, 1975 that sank the Edmund Fitzgerald. In 2010, the Extratropical Cyclone hit Northeastern Minnesota with winds up to 65 miles per hour.

Although no one wants to find themselves in the middle of the Lake during one of these storms, many people head to the North Shore in hopes to view or surf (yes, surf!) the spectacular waves that these gales create. Ships also stay closer to shore during the early winter months (the waters are safer), so it’s the best time to spot ships along the North Shore.