Blame It on the Wind – Hundreds of Americans Illegally Float Into Canada
Leave it to Canada to save the day!
The Canadian Coast Guard came to the rescue Sunday as some 1,500 tubers drifted from the U.S. into Canada. The tubers were taking part in the annual Fort Huron Float Down— an event that has gone relatively smooth for the past 30 years.
The event, although long-running, has no official sponsor or individual responsible for organization. But the real problems stem from the lack of an on-staff meteorologist.
Tubers were caught off guard by strong winds and rain as a cold front pushed through eastern Michigan. The same potent cold front that dropped temperatures to Autumn-like highs across the High Plains and Upper Midwest. Along the frontal boundary winds were sustained around 15 mph with gusts topping 30.
The strong winds pushed the tubers East into Canadian waters. The Canadian Coast Guard said the tubers were visibly intoxicated and many were terrified as they arrived in the foreign nation with no passports. Reuters reports the stranded tubers gathered in Sarnia, Ontario and were bussed back to the U.S. along with a police escort.
Thankfully, with the help of our neighbors-to-the-North, everything work out okay! But we can all take away one valuable lesson from this whole ordeal. Next time you plan on hitting the river in your tube— be sure to invite your favorite meteorologist. This way you are sure to be weather aware! I know there are a few here at WeatherNation more than willing to join in any float!
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist, Jeremy (Flash) LaGoo