Friday, October 21, 2011
The Algae Bloom is dying and should be totally gone within a week
According to the latest Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) bulletin, issued today by NOAA, imagery indicates that the bloom in western Lake Erie is dying. However the bloom persists around the Bass Islands, Pelee Island, and Kelleys Island extending to Cleveland. The bloom is expected to move east while not going past Cleveland.
This is big turnaround from the previous report less than a week ago. The reason given? "High winds last week likely stressed and mixed the bloom in the water column."
According to this latest HAB, forecasted winds will most likely continue to stress the bloom. Additionally falling water temperatures this week will contribute to bloom stress and continued weakening. The bloom demise is expected within a week.