In Case You Were Confined to a Cube Today…

In case you were confined to a cube today, hooked to some machine, or stuck in traffic somewhere, here is our your escape.  This breath of fresh air comes from the shores of Clark Lake, where today the temperature rose to 70 degrees.  The pleasant breeze was strong enough to create white caps now and then, but its southwest direction mostly gently caressed anyone standing on a westerly looking shore.  

The video below starts with waves rolling to the shoreline, then provides a leisurely 180 degree pan of the west end.  Then it’s off to the east end, starting with the Eagle Point cove and making a full circle to the marina dock.  The final moment records the activity of one its 150 springs that brings fresh water to this sparkling miracle we call Clark Lake.  Enjoy!

Earlier in the day, these guys enjoyed the lake.

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When at Clark Lake…

When at Clark Lake, paying attention at sundown pays off.  That’s when nature puts on a show for free that money can’t buy.  Tonight was no exception.  Here are three different views of tonight’s performance.

First, here is a view from along the Eagle Point Shore near Lakeview West.

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Now another view taken slightly earlier from Cheri Fish.

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Finally, a few minutes after the sun dipped behind the horizon, the lake looked like this (once again from the Eagle Point shore near Lakeview West).

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Docks Going In

At least four docks were in the lake as of today (Tuesday 3/21).  The Eagle Point Cove led the way–Jan Baugh, Myra Breakey, Melanie & Mark Herman. 

In Pierces Bay, Flip Reynolds joined the first-in group.  Thanks to Kellie Garris for her help in putting together this story.

Michael McCarthy took his boat for a spin today, and with a purpose in mind.  His passenger was Carolyn Zader who was performing one of several water quality checks that will occur this season.  Thanks to both of them for working on this monitoring project that is important to the current and future health of the lake. The water quality program is sponsored by the Clark Lake Spirit Foundation.  Below Michael’s boat is anchored, riding the waves created by a stiff northwest wind at sunset, in front of his place on Lakeview West.

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Foggy Sunrise

Fog can heighten the view in spite of obscuring detail as you can see in this Ann Swain photo from this morning.  The perspective is looking east from Hyde Road.

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The fog left its mark behind.  Eagle Point Road, looking south, glistens with dew.

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And from the ground, signs of spring are popping up.

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To review Rob Thomas’ photo and BJ Lyons’ video of the awesome sunrise on Friday, click here.

Clark Lake’s Quiet Sunday

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Tournament basketball generated the fighting spirit inside, but outside it was a an entirely different story.  The lake was quiet–super quiet.  It was hard to believe this was the same lake that was recently buffeted by 60 mph winds.  The peaceful setting was enough to encourage Sally Lyons to take her paddleboard for spin.  Except for a passing fishing boat, she had the lake to herself, or so she thought.  Turns out the paparazzi had a different idea.  First Sally’s cousin photographed the moment from shore.  Then a drone, operated by her husband, BJ, circled overhead to record the moment.  But, as always, Sally was a good sport and waved just as the star of Victoria might.

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Good Morning Clark Lake from High Above

Friday’s sunrise was nothing short of awesome, and Rob Thomas caught it in action, as you can see here.  And what did dawn look like from high above?  Scroll down for BJ Lyons’ drone video of this amazing Clark Lake moment.

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Some events last for awhile and this one was over quickly.  We’re grateful to Rob and BJ for preserving this sunrise for all to see.

Three iconic trees mark a position just west of Kentucky Point.  Many at the lake have commented that they add so much to our lake no matter where you view them.  Here’s another photo of that special dawn you’ll want to savor.

And a parting look at Eagle Point.

Clark Lake’s Good Morning

Last night’s sunset was a preview for another amazing sunrise at Clark Lake.  Rob Thomas captured the moment from his north shore location, looking toward Eagle Point and the east end. 

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Moments like these do not always occur on one’s schedule.  There here and then they are gone.  But Clark Lake provides ample moments.  Here are two views of last night’s sunset–perhaps a sampling of what’s ahead for the coming season. 

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After this morning’s sunrise, the grey overcast returned, but these buffleheads didn’t seem to mind.

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Flaky Weather

Just as Clark Lake and Michiganders recover from high winds and attendant power outages, flaky weather–snow flakes–are falling.  Bill Leutz reports 3 inches on the ground at midday, and more in the forecast.

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The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory in effect until 8 am tomorrow Tuesday.  They predict up to 5 inches of snow across the area.

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You can always find a 5-day forecast on the main page of this website.  As of 1 pm, here’s what it says:

This Afternoon
Snow. High near 27. East wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of around 2 inches.
Tonight
Snow likely, mainly before 2am. Cloudy, with a low around 18. North northeast wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.
Tuesday
A 30 percent chance of snow before 8am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 25. North wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Tuesday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 11. Wind chill values as low as -1. North northwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.
Wednesday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 28. North northwest wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.
Wednesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 15.
Thursday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 37.
Thursday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 22.
Friday
Scattered snow showers before noon, then scattered rain and snow showers between noon and 1pm, then scattered rain showers after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 41.
Friday Night
Scattered rain and snow showers before 9pm, then scattered snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29.
Saturday
Isolated showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 44.
Saturday Night
Isolated showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 26.
Sunday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 45.

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Photos above courtesy of Bill Leutz.

And it was on February 23rd, Clark Lake saw its first skiier of “an early spring” trying out a new boat!

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Testing Clark Lake’s Water

If you ask people at Clark Lake, they will tell you the importance of maintaining a high level of water quality.  There is noting more reassuring than seeing Clark Lake’s clear water sparkle in the sun.  But what are the trends on three important measures that are widely used to establish water quality in Michigan lakes?  

The latest results are in.  These tests took place over the 2016 season.  Water samples were sent to the lab, and findings are now included in a complete report.  To learn about them, please click here or go to Water Quality under Vital Statistics on this website.

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Outage Update

Electrical service has returned to many areas, but some Consumers Energy customers still do not have power.  The outage map from 6:50 pm today illustrates current conditions.  For an updated CE outage map, please click here.

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Late this afternoon (Saturday), Consumers Energy issued this report:

‘Consumers Energy employees, contractors and mutual assistance crews from six states working around the clock have restored power to nearly 320,000 customers affected by this week’s damaging wind storm.

“As of 3:30 p.m. Saturday, approximately 34,500 customers remained without electric service. Fierce, prolonged winds Tuesday and Wednesday exceeding 60 mph cut power to more than 354,000 Consumers Energy customers.

“The vast majority of customers without electric service should have power restored by midnight tonight. In some of the hardest areas, including portions of Allegan, Barry, Branch, Calhoun, Ingham, Jackson, Genesee, Kalamazoo, Lenawee and Monroe counties, restoration work will continue into Sunday.

“This week’s storm took down over 9,000 electric wires and broke more than 1,300 poles across Consumers Energy’s service territory.

“From lineworkers to damage assessors, wire guards and customer service representatives, more than 3,400 people are engaged in electric restoration activities. An additional 166 crews from utilities in Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa and Indiana are working alongside Consumers Energy and in-state contractor crews in this effort.

“Customers can sign up to get outage alerts and restoration times sent to a phone, email or text message, Text ‘REG’ to 232273 or visit: www.ConsumersEnergy.com/alerts. Customers can also, report an outage, check the status of an outage and get useful tips what to do before, during and after a storm by visiting www.ConsumersEnergy.com/OutageCenter.

“Consumers Energy continues to share these important safety tips:
·       Stay at least 25 feet away from downed power lines. Call 9-1-1 and Consumers Energy at 800-477-5050 to report.
·       Be alert to crews working along roads and “slow down and go around.” Drivers should slow down or stop and wait for oncoming traffic to clear then safely pass workers on roadsides.
·       Operating a generator may produce hazardous levels of carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless and deadly gas. Never use a generator in an attached garage, basement or near any air intakes, and never fuel a generator when it is running.
·       Customers concerned about staying in their home during the colder temperatures are encouraged to call 2-1-1. Local emergency management officials are collecting information from 2-1-1 centers to help determine if warming centers need to be opened. 
·       Because temperatures are dropping, we ask our customers to reach out to family, friends and neighbors who may be impacted by this storm and make sure they are safe.
·       Help keep pipes from freezing during low temperatures by maintaining a constant drip on faucets.