Winter has finally arrived on Lanes Cove--with a vengeance. The winds last night were blowing steadily 25-30 MPH with 35 MPH gusts. With temperatures in the single digits, that puts the windchill around -13F.
Sea smoke (a kind of frigid fog) forms in these conditions. Pushed around by the winds the condensed water vapor has the appears of smoke. You know it's cold when you see it. We've seen a little ice around the edges of the cove, but I think the water temperature is still relatively warm. It will take sustained low temperatures (below 20F) to create heavy ice in the cove.
I noticed the last lobster boat left the cove about a week ago--actually pretty late in the season. So the activity in the cove is pretty minimal, except for some pretty ferocious weather.