Slice of Life: Montrose Harbor

Montrose Harbor - Chicago, Illinois - July, 2013 - 001

Vessels fill Montrose Harbor during warmer months in Chicago.  The harbor can handle more than 700 boats.

One of the first things WGN-TV meteorologist Tom Skilling taught me when I moved to Chciago was the word seiche— essentially, a freak wave on a lake, often caused by severe changes in air pressure.  He described it as being similar to the sloshing of water in a bathtub and told the story of the 1954 seiche  that  slammed into Montrose Harbor, killing eight fishermen.

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