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Do You Know What WITCH STORMS Are? I Sure Didn’t!

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As it turns out I had heard of them, just not under that name.

Especially in the famous and well known Gordon Lightfoot song. "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald."

Prepare to embark on a thrilling journey through the annals of weather history, as I uncover and unravel some of the secrets and awe-inspiring phenomenon of "Witch Storms."

These meteorological disturbances carry an intriguing legacy that has both fascinated and terrified the residents of the Midwest for generations.

In the late days of October and early November, a haunting and severe weather pattern descends upon the heartland of America.

These are the "Witches of November," and they hold a notorious history that sends shivers down the spine of anyone who has experienced their fury.

But what exactly are these menacing witch storms, and how do they come to life?

They are powerful extratropical cyclones, often referred to as 'witch storms,' that can strike various corners of the globe, especially in mid-latitudes.

It is in these regions where the fading warmth of late fall collides head-on with the icy grasp of winter, giving birth to these angry giants.

Witch storms are more than just a playful name – they are meteorological forces that defy expectation and redefine the boundaries of atmospheric turbulence.

Many associate cyclones with tropical paradises, but witch storms prove that nature's fury knows no bounds.

These extratropical cyclones can manifest in forms ranging from blizzards to Nor'easters, and they wield their destructive might with equal ferocity.

Prepare to be gripped by the tales of their devastating impact.

The Edmund Fitzgerald Tragedy.

One of the most chilling chapters in the history of witch storms unfolded on the dark waters of Lake Superior in November 1975.

The ill-fated Edmund Fitzgerald, a massive iron-ore ship, met its doom at the hands of a relentless witch storm.

The haunting echoes of this tragedy reverberated through Gordon Lightfoot's 1976 hit song, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald."

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The song immortalizes the ship's harrowing demise and the sinister power of these enigmatic storms.

The legacy of witch storms reaches further than tales of destruction.

In 1869, these tempests played a pivotal role in the creation of a National Weather Service in the United States.

This decision was born out of the necessity to predict and prepare for the wild behavior of witch storms, ensuring the safety of countless lives.

Witch storms are atmospheric titans, that come with severe damage and can have a nasty impact.

It’s not hard to be awestruck and bewildered by the mystique of witch storms, a force of nature that has left an indelible mark on history.

That’s why their chilling stories have become part of their lore.

Stay tuned as I’ll be writing about other extreme weather events that come with nature's fury and how GEI (Global ENCASEMENT, Inc.) Green Coatings ENCASEMENT can help prepare and protect your buildings.

“It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near one.” JRR Tolkien

Or a Witch I might add.


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