What a Difference a Day Makes — pat morss

A windy night, then woke up in the midst of our first major Northeast storm of 2022.

Wind gusts up to 55 mph
The Audubon land flooded well above average at high tide
We had a seal basking on our rocks last week, but not today
Five deer asking what happened to their path to the rocks
They bounded off on an alternate route, one at a time
Waves kept building much of the day
Looks like a head in the middle (George Washington?) with arms up, over the breakwater
We were looking up at the waves next to Mother Ann Cottage
Instant duck pond, appropriately on the Audubon land
Headed toward an unusual sunset

TRIBUTE One of Gloucester’s waterfront legends has castoff.  Ray Chandanais, Gloucester’s resident Caterpillar master mechanic for over 50 years, faithfully served our fishing vessel owners with expertise and professionalism.

Ron Gilson Submits this tribute to Ray Chandanaias:

Ray was a valued member of our waterfront community, a devoted family man and my long-time friend… a straight shooter to all who knew him.
Ray… until we meet again, smooth sailing… Ron Gilson⚓  ⚓  ⚓GLOUCESTER’S “CATERPILLAR” MASTER MECHANIC

1933 ~ RAY CHANDANAIS ~ 2022My friend and a great guyLooking back over 50 years ago, when I first met Ray, we both were so young.  Ray had teamed up with “Ozzie” Howard and after a few years, they moved their successful marine repair business to Pond Road.  At that time, I had just opened my Gloucester Marine Insurance Agency.Ray and Ozzie both serviced our fishing fleet, and in a way, complimented each other’s work.  Ray approached his Caterpillar customers with the tools and expertise of a brain surgeon.  His partner, Ozzie, serviced his customers with his “jack of all trades” experience and a sledge hammer!  IT WAS THE BEGINNING OF ONE ERA AND THE END OF ANOTHER!

As our business relationship grew, our friendship intensified.  In my life, the friendships I’ve made along the way, are all important.  Ray Chandanais is my good friend, along with his family:  wife, Helen; son, Jay; sister, Theresa Wilkins; mother, Mary, and their own family relatives come to mind.

Ray and Ron ~ 1981 ~
Opening Day at Union Hill Coffee House

When our coffee house opened in 1981, the first daily breakfast customer was Ray!  No one supported our business more than Ray, and on weekends, his entire family.  Our friendship went far beyond business.  Ray, Helen, and their family were our family.  Joan and I were invited to their wedding at the Surf in Magnolia.  Family birthday parties, Veteran’s Day and Marine Corps (10 November) annual restaurant birthday celebrations, when Ray loaned his sons’, Randy and Michael, Marine Corp portraits for display above our restaurant dessert case.  Ray was so proud… GREAT MEMORIES!

And just like that, Izzy storm wind dropped After high tide #GloucesterMA

11:30AM. Tide surge – area coastal flooding in typical spots.

Cars lightly backed up heading on to Nautilus for Atlantic/back shore drive

p.s. If you’re heading to CVS and Stop & Sho,p use the Charlie’s entrance.

power outages in Mass. right now | windy Izzy, first winter storm 2022

Gloucester, Ma.

  • Temp: 40°F right now
  • Sunrise: by 7:10
  • Next high tide: about 10:45 AM- the surf is high already
  • Steady whipping winds, through 12-1pm
  • Massachusetts power outages 6:11 (pics below): 4524
  • Massachusetts power outages 6:45AM: 9814
  • Cape Ann power outages: Essex

Before daybreak January 17, 2022 Massachusetts, the MEMA Massachusetts power outage map shows under 5000 out as this wind whipping–and warm here–storm continues, and the morning reports come in. Brownouts by me. Tally about doubled in 30 minutes.

MEMA phone here: mema.mapsonline.net/phone.html

MEMA desktop here

Watch: @USCG Air Station Cape Cod rescues six hunters from marsh on Cape Cod! Via @USCGNortheast