DISCUSSION: As we turn the clocks back to the Summer of 1942, we arrive at the occurrence of a fairly historic flooding event which impacted the city of Bayfield, Wisconsin. Attached below is a neat discussion (courtesy of the National Weather Service office located in Duluth, Minnesota) which captures the essence of this event.
"For the city of Bayfield, Wisconsin, water is a constant reminder of its geographic location, companionship with Lake Superior, and gateway to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. On the evening of July 16, 1942, water engulfed the city, dividing it during wartime. For 12 hours, intermittent heavy rainfall inundated the city. The rain began to fall at 9:30 PM on the 16th and would not cease until the following morning, July 17th, at 9:30 AM. The flood waters drained into two ravines that flowed into the city. The water rushed through the business district of Bayfield, Wisconsin, creating "gullies 50 feet wide and 20 feet deep in places" (Swenson, 1942).
The rushing waves of water forced large boulders loose upon the city and into area businesses. Across the city, the flood waters deposited up to five feet of sand burying many doorways and windows of local businesses and homes. The flooding even impacted Evergreen Cemetery where unearthed caskets and various body parts were strewn across. In spite of the catastrophic damage and destruction to many homes and businesses, only one fatality was reported, a dog. Total regional damage was estimated to $750,000 ($11.7 million in 2017) (Reque, 1942)."
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©2017 Meteorologist Jordan Rabinowitz