Drownings during a tragic day on Lake Michigan in 2003 came under scrutiny recently by Wisconsin Sea Grant scientists who are studying a storm-induced wave called a meteotsunami (a contraction of the term meteorological tsunami, which means a wave caused by weather). Their results were published in “Scientific Reports.” The article, “Unexpected rip currents induced by a meteotsunami,” details findings that a storm formed a moderate-height (less than 10 centimeters) meteotsunami, which is what went on to cause the unexpected rip currents. Although these conditions may not be rare, this is the first time researchers have verified a meteotsunami-generated rip current (or meteo-rip, for short).
Theresa Qualls is coming back to her work roots with her hire as the Clean Marina Program coordinator for Wisconsin. Qualls helped get the program started with former coordinator, Victoria Harris. The Clean Marina Program is designed to reduce pollution from marinas to protect Wisconsin’s waterways.