Jobbie Nooner splash bash is peaceful
Things appeared to be peaceful Friday afternoon as partygoers frolicked on Gull Island for Jobbie Nooner.
There have been no reports of incidents or arrests, according to Lt. Matt Paulus of the St. Clair County Sheriff's Office. He expected the gathering to last until as late as 3:30 a.m. Saturday.
As they have for decades, partygoers bring boats, beer and bikinis to Gull Island for the floating frat party that kicks off the summer boating season in southeastern Michigan.
The Jobbie Nooner began in the 1980s when auto industry workers — who referred to themselves as "jobbies" — would pick a Friday and take off work at noon to party at the island. Originally a family event, the boating bash has grown over the years, attracting thousands of partygoers
This year's party people will enjoy mild temperatures and partly sunny skies with a slight chance of rain, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Corey Behnke.
"Friday will be partly cloudy in the morning and then into the afternoon," said Behnke, working from the White Lake Township station. "High temperatures will top out in the mid 70s with light winds of 5 to 15 mph. There's a slight chance of rain, but only about 30 percent."
It would be an entirely different story if the Jobbie Nooner were to be held on Saturday as heavy rains, strong winds and cooler temperatures move into the metro area.
"Rain will move into the southeastern Michigan area starting in the morning and then moving into the afternoon and evening," Behnke said. "The day will be cloudy and windy with an 80 percent chance of heavy rains. Rainfalls of 1 to 3 inches are possible as are winds of 25 to 35 mph. The high for the day will only reach into the upper 60s."
The nighttime low for Friday will be in the low 60s while the low for Saturday night will be in the middle 50s.
Boaters headed to Gull Island — a man-made dot of land near the U.S.-Canada border — should remember that they are now subject to a 0.08 percent blood alcohol limit the same as land lubber drivers.
As usual, the Jobbie Nooner crowd will be the center of attraction for county sheriff department marine patrol officers.
Staff Writer Candice Williams contributed.
Friday: Partly sunny with a high of about 76.
Friday night: Rain possible, mainly after 2 a.m. Cloudy with a low of about 58.
Saturday: Chance of rain 80 percent. Breezy with 14 to 21 mph winds with gusts of up to 35 mph.
Saturday night: Showers mainly before 8 p.m. Windy with gusts of up to 36 mph. Chance of rain is 80 percent. Nighttime low of 52 degrees.
Sunday: Cloudy through mid morning then gradual clearing. High of 74. Wind gusts of 18 mph.
Sunday night: There is a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2 a.m. A nighttime low of 58.
Monday: There is a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 8 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 73.
Monday night: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Cloudy with a low of about 60.
Tuesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 73.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 57.
Wednesday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 74.
Wednesday night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 59.