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November 10, 2006|By FRANK ROYLANCE | FRANK ROYLANCE,Sun Reporter -- Weather Blogger

Hard to believe, under sunny skies and 70-degree weather, but this is a time Great Lakes sailors dread, "when the skies of November turn gloomy," as songwriter Gordon Lightfoot put it. It was 31 years ago tonight that the 729-foot ore freighter Edmund Fitzgerald sank in a Lake Superior gale with all 29 hands. A recent re-analysis of the disaster calculated that shifting weather caught the heavily loaded ship in 69 mph crosswinds and 25-foot waves. Battered, leaking and listing, the ship likely capsized and plunged to the bottom.

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