Hello everyone! Hope you are all home and safe and sound. Thanks for everyone's message of concern.
I'm not at all sure WHAT to say about "Hurricane" Irene....except what?
Yes I am grateful whatever storm there was missed us....but still. Lotta angst and hard work for what we'd call a rainy night at the beach! I mean, c'mon! 35 MPH wind?! Storms with 60MPH winds are not uncommon here and we go nowhere, except about our usual lives.
The beach has no trees so no branches are here to fall on us, and our two feet elevation [two---2! feet!] above sea level was more than enough to protect us from the so-called "storm surge/ high tide".
|beach to my west just after "eye" passed|
|so-called storm surge?|
|a little wind, a little foam, a little seaspray...|
taken at noon, just after "eye" passed
So Dear Mr Weather Channel Guy: believe me when I tell you my home and I have happily survived far more severe nor'easters and blizzards. Happily tucked in, here at the beach.
Never again. I don't care if Jose or whoever is a Category 5, never again.
(Will I eat my words, because I have kids? We'll see...)
Oh PS: The only scary moment! After the storm was "over" and the plywood down, I just went into the house to get my binoculars to look at my birds...and like a demented Mary Poppins, a huge metal and canvas waterlogged beach umbrella (like a big market umbrella) flew through the air and landed where I'd just been standing, admiring the sunset. An isolated gust brought it from...somewhere.
And now today...the beach is HUGE. And pristine. No treasure, not even a clamshell...that flotsom after a storm thing is just an old wive's tale!
Erosian, what erosian? The beach is lower and flatter but much deeper, wider...
The birds look exhausted though, poor babies.
|a toppled on purpose lifeguard stand. |
They tip them over to make them more stable...
A little evidence of the largest waves...this wooden bin is about the size of a large SUV. It usually is on the beach by the above lifeguard stand to my east. Now it is high up on my dunes.
Couldn't ask for a more beautiful beach...
Or a more perfect beach day....