1999 simulation was conducted by forcing the Ecom-si using the real-time wind field and empirical estimation of the surface heat flux.The surface heat flux was adjusted by the best matching the surface water temperature observed at 4 meteorological buoys. The model captured a general seasonal pattern of the Keweenaw Current, but failed to reproduce the magnitude of the current jet observed from ADCP data.
An experiment was then made to examine the response of the current to the meso-scale wind variability detected from the Quick-Scan wind data.
Some of the simulation results are posted on this website to provide a direct view of the seasonal variation of the current and water temperature in the lake.
Click here or image on the right to go to the 1999 simulation page.