Nor’easter Bomb Cyclone

March 6, 2018

BW photograph of blurry trees blowing in a nor'easter wind against a cloudy sky.

Copyright 2018 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Another nor’easter blew into town this past Friday ravaging the Mid-Atlantic up into New England-the consequences of which proved to be quite severe.  As per The New York Times (the second link), this turned out to be “…the second “bomb cyclone” in two months.”  That this post follows the one preceding is demonstrative of the fickle nature of weather in the Anthropocene Era.

Aside from the opening photograph, the remaining images herein are from the Delaware and Maryland coastal area.

BW photograph of the surf looking out of the door of the Turtle Bay Cafe.

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Above is the view looking out from the Turtle Bay Café (great coffee, which was especially welcome on a chilly, windy day) toward the ocean in Bethany Beach, DE.  Merchants along the boardwalk there gave conflicting reports with regard to which day’s surf was more intense (Friday or Saturday),  but all agreed that the storm had made an impact.

BW photograph of the roiled surf at Bethany Beach.

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BW photograph of the roiled surf at Bethany Beach.

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The surf off Bethany Beach was still roiling, and the wind was still howling on Saturday.

BW photograph of sand washed onto the boardwalk at Bethany Beach.

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The combination of a full moon, high tide, and the storm led the surf to rise far enough so as to deposit sand on some parts of the boardwalk.

While browsing in Bethany Beach Books, I bought a copy of Diane Ackerman’s The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us, which was published in 2014.  Ms. Ackerman uses short chapters to discuss her point-of-view on the Anthropocene Era.  Several of the chapters deal with climate change as that is one of the hallmark issues of the time in which we live.  It was interesting to be reading her account of SuperStorm Sandy while a nor’easter was pummeling the same areas of the East Coast as did that infamous storm.

BW photograph of the Days Inn sign at Ocean City, MD.

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BW photograph of the destroyed awning of the Days Inn in Ocean City.

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BW photograph of the drywall debris from the Days Inn in Ocean City.

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BW photograph of the drywall debris from the Days Inn in Ocean City.

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BW photograph of the drywall debris from the Days Inn in Ocean City laying against a bench.

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The above series of images is from Ocean City, MD, which is seven miles or so south of Bethany Beach.  The debris shown here was from the Days Inn-an exterior stairwell was blown apart and strewn about the boardwalk.

BW photograph of the Ocean City boardwalk looking north.

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BW photograph of the Ocean City Fishing Pier with the roiling surf.

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A walk along the entirety of the boardwalk revealed no other obvious major damage-the Fishing Pier appeared to still be intact.

BW photograph of a blown off lid and sand on the boardwalk in Ocean City.

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BW photograph of a downed water spout and gutter on the boardwalk in Ocean City.

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The sand and other incidental damage did give evidence to the wind.

BW photograph of a downed "Reserved Parking" sign in Ocean City.

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It was, however, not clear if the above sign was downed by the wind or some other impact.

BW photograph of the main intersection in Chestertown, MD.

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By Sunday, the sky had mostly cleared, the sun had come out, and the winds had abated just a bit.  The above photograph was made in Chestertown, MD.

There are still thousands without power in parts of Maryland.  Parts of New York are digging out from feet of snow.  Parts of Massachusetts are cleaning up from flooding.  There is no coming back from the loss of life.  Those same areas of the East Coast are now awaiting the storm referenced in the above links that hammered parts of California and pounded the Mid-West.  It is forecast to be the second nor’easter to occur within a matter of days.

Take care.

Stay safe.

 

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