Saturday, October 29, 2005

Beautiful Early Snow


Snow today--major snow. Huge flakes, most of the afternoon. Temperatures in the mid-30's. Tomorrow--60's. Really beautiful here On the Cove.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

A Brush with Wilma

Hurricane Wilma is heading up the east coast far offshore, but will look like a nor'easter to New England. We've had steady rain and some wind this morning, but it is slated to get worse by late morning. The temperature is mild (50 degrees), so if we lose power, it won't be a disaster. Better to get the weak tree limbs down now instead in the middle of a blizzard.

Flood Watch / Flood Statement
Expires 12:45 PM EDT on October 25, 2005

Statement as of 4:44 AM EDT on October 25, 2005

... Flood Watch remains in effect through this evening for Rhode Island
and much of the eastern half of Massachusetts exclusive of the islands...

The Flood Watch continues for

* portions of Massachusetts... central Massachusetts... eastern Massachusetts... northeast Massachusetts... southeast
Massachusetts... central Rhode Island... northern Rhode Island and southern Rhode Island... including the following areas... in
Massachusetts... eastern Norfolk MA in central Massachusetts... northern Worcester MA and southern Worcester MA in eastern Massachusetts... central Middlesex MA... northern Middlesex MA... southeast Middlesex MA... Suffolk MA and western Norfolk MA in northeast Massachusetts... eastern Essex MA and western Essex MA in southeast Massachusetts... Barnstable MA... eastern Plymouth MA... northern Bristol MA... southern Bristol MA... southern Plymouth MA and western Plymouth MA in central Rhode Island... Bristol RI... eastern Kent RI and western Kent RI in northern Rhode Island... northwest Providence RI and southeast Providence RI in southern Rhode Island... Newport RI and Washington RI.

* Through this evening

* a strong noreaster that has tapped moisture from Wilma will continue to produce occasionally heavy rain through mid afternoon in the watch area. Near record calendar day storm totals of 2 to 3 inches will be widespread with isolated 4 to 5 inch amounts possible.

* Rainfall of 3 to 3.5 inches... in a 12 to 18 hour period... would result in flooding of urban and poor drainage areas as well as some area rivers and streams. Larger rivers susceptible to flooding include tributaries of the lower Merrimack River as well as the Charles... Neponset... Blackstone and Pawtuxet rivers.

A Flood Watch means there is potential for flooding based on current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible flood warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

High Wind Advisory
Expires 11:45 AM EDT on October 25, 2005

Statement as of 3:42 AM EDT on October 25, 2005

... High Wind Warning remains in effect until 6 PM EDT this

A High Wind Warning remains in effect until 6 PM EDT this

The strong to damaging winds are likely to overspread the South Coast... cape and islands around daybreak then expand up the East Coast of Massachusetts during the morning. Sustained winds of 30 to 45 mph with gusts of 60 mph appear expected. The strongest winds are expected from late this morning into early this afternoon.

A High Wind Warning is issued when sustained winds of 40 mph are expected for at least an hour... with gusts of 58 mph or greater at any time. Damage to trees... power lines... and property are possible with wind of this magnitude. High profile vehicles are vulnerable in winds of strength and travel over some of the higher bridges in southeast New England may be very difficult during the height of the event Tuesday.


Tuesday, October 18, 2005

More Weather

This last week the weather had defintiely changed. It was cloudy and grey all week with downpours on Saturday but not as bad as the western part of the state. Both Saturday and Sunday had high wind warnings and the wind was mostly from the west--that means it comes right across Ipswich Bay and directly into us. It was reported as 35 MPH with gust to 50 MPH, but I'm guessing we saw higher. When we went to the other side of the cape to get groceries, there was almost no wind. Well, no damage, but lots of Weather.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Gloucester Area Astronomy Club

Last Saturday I took my daughter and her friend to a meeting of the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club in Halibut Point State Park. It was a outstanding night for star gazing--clear, reasonably low turbulence and a new moon. The folks there were very welcoming, spending a lot of time with us describing what they were observing and letting us take a look. I believe there were six telescopes set up, with an 18" Dobsonian mount being the largest. We saw Uranus and the Helix nebula.

We met Anne Deneen, and her husband Michael. Anne is the pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lanesville. She and Michael started the club here in Gloucester last year. If you have an opportunity, wander down on a Saturday night and see if you can find them--you never know who you will meet, or what you will get to see.

Oh, and thanks to Alan for introducing us to everyone and showing us the ropes. directory