WCO Report for Erie County 06/30/2010: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: June 29, 2010

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on June 29, 2010 at 22:22:21:

June 30th, 2010

West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, rglerie@msn.com


Boaters have been dodging rough lake conditions over the last week making fishing difficult. This past Sunday brought extremely heavy storms to the area creating numerous funnel clouds. A tornado touch down at Presque Isle State Park was confirmed. The twister caused significant damage and was considerable enough to close the park for a day. A significant storm and rough waters can change fishing patterns on the Lake, although it is usually temporary. Cooler ambient temperatures are forecast for the week giving way to hot weather over the weekend. Both perch and walleye fishing should be good this weekend. Current Lake Erie water temperatures are 74 degrees off Toledo, 68 degrees off Cleveland, and 74 degrees off Erie.

A Disaster Aborted:
As many of you may already be aware, a 26' boat with four men aboard sank north of the Walnut Creek Access this past Saturday. All four men were safely pulled from the water by another boater after their boat had gone under. Disaster was averted as all four individuals were wearing their PFDs. The moral of that story needs no explanation.

Marine Weather Bulletins Explained:
Small Craft Advisory:

Generally associated with sustained winds 18 to 33 knots, or waves hazardous to small boats. These are not issued during the winter months along the Great Lakes.

Gale Warning:
Sustained winds 34 to 47 knots.

Storm Warning:
Sustained winds 48 knots or more.

Hurricane Warning:
Sustained winds 64 knots or more associated with a hurricane. Not likely for our area, but you never know here in Erie.

Special Marine Warning:
Winds of 35 knots or more lasting generally less than 2 hours. These are usually associated with an individual thunderstorm or an organized series of thunderstorms (squall line, cold front).
Respect the Heat: Although we have all welcomed the warm weather around the area, recent warm temperatures do carry caution alerts, especially for boaters exposed directly to the sun and heat during a long day on

Have a Safe Fourth:
The Fourth of July Holiday is one of the busiest boating days of the season. Weekend temperatures predicted to be in the 80's the combined with the three day holiday, will find the waterways and launch ramps along Lake Erie and Presque Isle Bay crowded. Take a moment and check that you have all the required safety equipment for your water craft, and be reminded that excessive alcohol consumption and boating can be a deadly combination on the water. These cautions apply especially to the young and the elderly. In addition, knowing the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke and how to treat them can be valuable information a long way from shore. Have a safe and responsible Holiday weekend.

Discover Presque Isle 2010 July 23 - 25th:
Discover Presque Isle (DPI) is a three day outdoor festival which takes place on the last weekend of July at Presque Isle State Park. It is the primary fundraising event for the Presque Isle Partnership and is renowned for bringing together over a hundred quality food and craft vendors resulting in the areas largest outdoor arts and crafts show.With live music, athletic events, and fun multi-day events for adults and children of all ages, it is easy to see why over 100,000 people attend this exciting weekend event each summer. For more information, schedules, etc., go to Discover Presque Isle

Boating Safety Tip of the Week:
The capacity plate provides important information about the boat, including maximum weight capacity, maximum horsepower, maximum person capacity by number, and maximum persons capacity by weight. Any person towed behind a boat is included in the total number of persons specified on the capacity plate.
No boat shall be loaded beyond its safe carrying capacity. Observe and understand your capacity plate. It is the law and it may save your life.

Local Weather:

Wednesday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 50s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday...Partly cloudy. Highs around 70. Northwest winds around 10 mph.

Thursday Night...Mostly clear. Cool with lows in the upper 40s. Northwest winds around 10 mph...becoming northeast after midnight.

Friday...Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 70s.

Friday Night...Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 50s.

Saturday...Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 80s.

Saturday Night...Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 60s.

Independence Day...Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 80s.

Sunday Night...Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 60s.

Monday...Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 80s.

Monday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 60s.

Tuesday...Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 80s.

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