Saturday, January 6, 2018

Update:

The Minot Light camera is back on as I went up top and moved it to a window that is not iced up. The ice is deeeeep up there.

I was going to try to take down the flag as well but that ropes are covered in at least four inches of ice.

The wreath let loose late yesterday when when of the ropes frayed and broke. I thought about cutting that down but decided to look at it again in the morning.

Two small windows were cracked in the front of the Tower and I patched those up with some cut down shingles in a stop gap for now. I will look that over again in the morning as well.



Hint of a sunset in these last two. Remember that clicking on the picture will give you a slide show of all the photographs of a given post.




Friday, January 5, 2018

How We Roll







A day apart. How we roll.

Just Getting Around To It Now

Power has been out since 1:00 Thursday and while I have had the generator running (God Bless It) the internet access has been out since 3:00 only returning in the wee hours of the morning.  I will take the chance to add in the clips I mentioned in the last post. One of them might be my masterpiece.

 National Weather Service is marking this tide as equal to that of the Blizzard of 78. I knew I loved this seawall; I may not known just how much. As you will see there is a lot of water. And Birds.


Around 1:00 am two good size front end loaders cleared a track off Cedar Point. They piled it up a little on me at the end of the driveway but nothing insurmountable. I was able to kick it down and can get Haley to work in the morning. More importantly I will be able to get out and get more gas if need be. National Grid has a posted time of 7:00 am to restore power to Lighthouse Road. Somehow Rebecca Road never lost the juice. If that company can get the job done then this one will be behind us and the aftermath will be dealing with deeply cold temperatures for a day and a half.


I will also have to reset all the cameras when this event has played itself out. When power is lost there is a chain reaction that leads to all the settings that allow folks to access this site to be wiped out.  I used the cameras a lot today and will be posting some of those pictures when I get them assembled in a sensible pattern.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

A Few Clips from the Afternoon

Got a few short videos of the afternoon as it unfolded. Running the generator now with fingers crossed as the temperature drops. I did go out and move some of the slushy snow from the driveway as best I could. It will be very icy down at the end but I think I will be able to maneuver through it with a some ice melt help. The tic, tic tic you hear is the flag pole line banging on the Tower. I have a few others that I will include in a later post.







The Wind Shifts and Intensifies

The wind has shifted to the northwest and has covered the window where the Seawall camera sits. I will have to see if I can do anything about that from inside as the wind is a steady 30 miles an hour now and good sense dictates staying in for all but the big ticket items like the generator. I will see if I can generate a work around for this issue.

Wind Coming Up

We are expecting some wind and snow today. The wind has come first. The Minot camera has been knocked out of focus by the shake of the Tower in these gusts. All the others are on line but might be blurry from the rain.  The weather station is reporting 3 inches but that strikes me as a glitch. There is a little warning sign on my station screen that tells me that number is flawed. It has been a relief to have the temperature improve from the teens to the thirties. Humidity in the house was very, very low and you could feel  the loss in your skin and throat.  The biggest gust recorded thus far has been 39 miles per hour.  The predicted tide could go over 14 feet which will test the big sea wall. I expect the smaller of the two jetties to take the biggest beating. The stones stacked on the end are in pretty shaky condition already. I have taken a "Before" picture in case there is an "After"

The top image comes from today. The bottom is yesterday. 


This shot is also from yesterday when ice had nearly covered the whole of the harbor. The image below is from New Year's Eve when the latest Supermoon was captured by the Looking East camera.


Late Summer 2019

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