Monday, January 26, 2009

A Walk Down to Seaway Beach

The ocean roared last night. On our walk today, we visited the Seaway beach and checked out the damage done to the snow fences and dunes. The fencing is almost all gone along the stretch between our beach and the public beach. Going toward the jetty, the fence is still hanging on, but barely.

Spring cleanup will certainly be in order, unless Mother Nature takes care of the rest of the job for us... it's only January, so we'll have to wait and see..

Friday, January 23, 2009

Updates in the 'Hood

Just so you know, today I removed the holiday wreaths and bows and garlands that decorated our signs for December and January. It seems about time to press on and start dreaming of spring, even if the thermometer is stubbornly stuck below the freezing point.

We received an automated phone call from the Water Department, reminding residents to check all outside water connections and make sure they are turned off during this ultra-cold weather. Hopefully, everyone has already done that...

NSTAR also finally came into the neighborhood to replace the bulbs in the streetlights at either end of Mill Point Road. Jane confirmed that yes, there is light at her end of the 'hood.

Expecting more *weather* in the near future, and will have updated photos soon from the beaches.

Stay Warm!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Grey Days at the Shore

The Cape got walloped Thursday, with snow blowing all day long in gusty blizzard-like white-out conditions. Then it was cold - so cold! - all weekend, hovering around the zero mark. Too cold to enjoy the snow at all, which stayed powdery and fine in the freeeze. Too cold to walk the dogs to the beach for a visit. But this latest snowstorm turned to rain here yesterday, and washed away most of the white stuff. Now we have a cold, grey frost covering our beaches and neighborhood and balmy thirty-two degree temperatures. The ocean today sat quietly waiting for something new... the gulls all sat on the jetties, also waiting. As if to see which way the weather will turn next...

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Another snowy day in January....

The flakes started flying about two hours ago. The Cape is expecting two to four inches, if we are to believe the weatherman. The ocean is completely calm. The Arctic air is bitterly cold.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Full Moon tides

It was sunny and clear this morning, although by lunchtime the clouds began to roll in (and it's pretty grey out there now.)

The full moon means the tides are quite high, and the snow fences are taking quite a beating all along the shoreline.

In the neighborhood, two darkened streetlights on Pine Street were replaced in December, and two more on Mill Point Road have now gone out. NSTAR will hopefully be out to fix them sometime this week. Construction in the neighborhood continues, despite the freezing temperatures, with new septic systems being installed, and National Grid putting in gas lines to one house on Riverway. Mostly, it's quiet, except for the roar of the ocean.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Scenes from Seaway Beach

Seaway Beach has been interesting so far this winter. While it looks more sandy, the sand is coming from the dunes. The ocean is reaching through the snow fence and pulling the sand out, back toward the ocean.

We'll have to see what happens come spring, when the ocean patterns change. Hopefully, more sand will come back in with the tides. But we'll have to wait and see.

The new ramp was removed to prevent it from being washed out to sea. The ocean had already pulled all the sand out from underneath it... there is currently a substantial drop-off from the walkway down to the beach.

See how the snow fence on the left is suspended in mid-air? The bottom used to be buried under the sand. That's how much sand has already been washed out from the beach.
Seaway Beach lost quite a bit of snow fencing already this winter. A large tangle of it washed up on the Pleasant Street beach, down the shoreline.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Snowy beaches...

New Year's Day frozen sands...

Pathway to Strandway beach...

Happy New Year!
We had something of a blizzard all day on New Year's Eve - the First Night events in Chatham were cancelled for the evening due to high winds.

Today dawned clear and cold - frigid, in fact, hovering around 19 degrees all day. We walked the dogs to the beach and took some great photos of the frozen shoreline - I will upload more tomorrow.

Best wishes to all for a happy, healthy and peaceful 2009!