Saturday, February 23, 2008

Seiche/Dead Salamander

In January we had a wind storm that caused a seiche event. The sustained winds from the west pushed the water levels at the Buffalo end of the lake 10.5 feet above normal (the max is 12). The most spectacular results of the seiche took place on the Nowak Pier, a walkway that runs along the top of a seawall that divides the Niagara river from a canal that runs along side it for over a mile. When the water receded tons of ice was dropped on the walkway causing significant damage to the railing posts and cables. Some of the iceberg-like ice chunks that were lifted onto the walkway way were over 8 ft high. There are more images on my Flickr page.

I found a dead mudpuppy salamander(which I mistook for a Hellbender, I had never seen either in real life before) frozen solid on top of ten feet of ice. It looked to be about 10 inches long. The storm must have disturbed its hibernation(?).

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