On February 23, 2023, this much snow.
Tag: Winter Storm
Storm walk on Long Beach after high tide backed off seawall. #winterstorm
Dec. 23, 2022
Views from winter storm walk an hour after high tide when the splash over waves settled back from the Long Beach seawall. The waves are not as huge as some storms. Still, stair and platform debris at both ends of the beach. Surge pushed back into the street. This is the 2nd of 3 high tides in the forecast.
Storm Coming. Batten Down the Hatches. #GloucesterMA
Traffic signs on Stacy Boulevard, Dec. 22, 2022
Massachusetts power outage map MEMA
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sugared dune grass and ice blasted following Friday’s winter storm #GloucesterMA
Feb. 5, 2022 Long Beach (Rockport and Gloucester, MA.) snapshots about 8am.
How much snow?
Stone and metal surfaces are ice blasted with a fresh snow dusting 1/2″ – 2″ between Long Beach and Good Harbor Beach. By daylight, the coastal rocky shoreline between the beaches would normally reveal a highway of wildlife tracks and drama. There were none today which means the rocks are thick slick coated. Instead it’s the natural surfaces- -grass, sand, brush– worn and riveted. When they’re not icy, wildlife favor those bare surfaces.
View out the windows- glazing is ice blasted
ice, ice railing | pics show metal, glass and stone vs. grass, sand, etc to give an idea of what’s out there
Want to identify local wildlife from winter tracks in the snow?
Wonderful children’s picture book
Let’s Go! Animal Tracks in the Snow! by Diane Polley with illustration by Marion Hall
and pocket guide by http://www.masswildlife.org
Blue skies and blanketed 2 | Stage Fort Park, Backshore- after January 29th winter storm #GloucesterMA
stunning winter morning, February 1, 2022, about 7:30 am. Gloucester, Ma.
incl. snapshot motifs: backshore, Centennial & Stacy Boulevard, Stage Fort park, Good Harbor Beach
Jan. 31, 2022 – open with sidewalks and snowbank cuts ready for customers
Blue skies and blanketed | Winter wonderland Sunday morning from January 29 blizzard #GloucesterMA
January 30, 2022. Gloucester, Ma. 730am. Snapshots. C.Ryan: Long Beach, Cape Ann Motor Inn, Thacher Road, Brier Neck Good Harbor Beach, Salt Island Road, Great Marsh oxbow behind Good Harbor Beach , Centennial, Boulevard, Duncan, Fitz Henry Lane / Harbor Loop,
Everywhere city and residents digging out.
FHL sledding 😉
–More coming —
Lost power? Some on Long Beach have. MEMA map outages January 29 #blizzard2022 #GloucesterMA
Gloucester, MA.Long Beach.
We are 1 of 106,169 (climbing as I type this) in Massachusetts that has lost power. Approx. 1:20pm.
snow band 10 to 11 o’clock January 29 #Blizzard2022 #GloucesterMA Good Harbor Beach Brier Neck
Gloucester, MA 10-11am white out walk. snapshots and video clips: Naomi Drive. Rockport Road. Salt Island Road. Brier Neck. Good Harbor Beach Inn. Good Harbor Beach. Thacher Road.
White out walk. Strong winds on the coast are keeping the snow inches down, and everywhere swaths of bare ground alternate with drifts ankle high to mid thigh. Snow walls are building at intersections as the busy plows stay ahead of this heavy winter battering.
Answer below break.
January 29 blizzard from #GloucesterMA- 7am Long Beach about an hour before high tide
a few snapshots and video clips from Gloucester, MA. 7:15AM (about an hour before high tide) you can click to enlarge and increase video resolution – c. ryan
Wind across sand and street feels like this (5 sec clips)
Sanderlings, winter shorebirds, stand their ground feeding in fierce winds (20 sec)
Birds are tinier than the seaweed gusting past.
sanderlings might be easier to spot in this one
Gloucester DPW has been by at least twice since 5am. The wind is swirling in all directions so the accumulation is blasted from surfaces.
MEMA power outages map shows about 23,000+ without power as of 8:11am
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
- 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.
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MEMA desktop here
wet snow slushy windy light accumulation – Long Beach
photos- views Long Beach Gloucester-Rockport. 9AM- with temperature hovering 32 mix snow and rain
Snow’s a no show. Wind and rain #GloucesterMA
photos Gloucester and Rockport, Mass. – About 1:30pm, an hour or so before high tide, winter storm, first day of February 2021, windy 38 degrees. No black clouds and raining by 3pm. Views of Salt Marsh at back of Good Harbor; from Ledgemont, Portuguese Hill; Long beach, Rockport. (double click or pinch and zoom to enlarge to full size)
No snow, yet.
Breaking storm, high tide Long Beach: spectacular ocean fountains as receding waves ricocheted off seawall into oncoming surf
Views from Long Beach, Rockport & Gloucester, Mass. January 16, 2021
One of nature’s ocean fountain water shows was on exhibition today as walls of waves slammed the seawall then smashed into incoming surf.
The suite of windy ocean spray waltzes are infinite and varied.
of course I failed to convey the beauty and instance of a plume line but I tried 🙂
pinch and zoom or click through to enlarge photos- Light splash over along the walkway, sole surfer, wave watchers, and a few dog walkers.
1885 “Timely rescue by hardy men of Gloucester” Boston Globe interviews Captains from schooners Clytie and Alaska about the terrible hurricane at Christmas time
On this day, a rescue at sea, December 29, 1885. Boston Globe story presented accounts from both crews and was published January 2, 1886, (author possibly Tom Herbert)
DRIVEN TO THE SEA: In the terrible gale at Christmas Time. Facing Starvation and Cold on the Schooner Alaska. Timely Rescue by Hardy Men of Gloucester.
Still another is added to the long list of stories of terrible sufferings at sea and gallant rescues that will long make memorable the month of December, 1885. The schooner Clytie of Gloucester arrived in port Thursday night, with the schooner Alaska in tow, the latter vessel showing evidence of the trying ordeal through which she had passed. The story of the recue as told by Captain Courant of the Clytie, is one of thrilling interest.
“Tuesday morning,” said he, in his bluff, hearty manner, “just at daybreak, we sighted a vessel way off on the horizon. We could not make out shwa she was, or what she was doing. We couldn’t really make out whether there was anything the matter with her or not, she was so far away. I went up on the house with the glass. It looked then as if she was an anchor, but we knew that could not be so, as there was no bank there. By and by, as it grew lighter, and we worked up nearer, we saw the signals of distress flying. We were then under two reefed foresail, with bonnet off the jib. When we saw she was in distress we put two reefs in the mainsail and stood up for her. Remember all this time it was a howling hurricane. It was a different thing out there 150 miles at sea, with the great waves threatening to send us to Davy Jones’ locker every minute than what it is to tell of it here in comfortable quarters. When we got near the vessel we saw at once that it would be impossible to board her. So we laid by the rest of the day and all night, and the next morning, though it was still dangerous work,
We Got Out One of the Dories
and got aboard. I tell you it was a hard sight, and the story of terrible suffering from hunger and exposure was a pitiful one. The schooner was the Alaska from , N.B. She sailed Friday, with a crew of six besides the captain, but was met by a fearful gale when outside, and forced to drop anchor. The gale, however increased to such an extent that both cables parted, and the schooner drifted helplessly out to sea. From that time until Tuesday morning, when we discovered her in latitude 42 50 north, longitude 67 21’ west, she was driven about at the mercy of the wind and waves. Their provisions gave out, and death by starvation stared them in the face. They grew weaker and weaker, but still were obliged to do what they could to keep the vessel afloat. Their sails were gone, their decks swept with the waves, and they were drenched to the skin. The cold increased, and with it, their sufferings. Death must soon have ended all if we had not sighted them just as we did. But even under those circumstances the captain didn’t want to desert his schooner; he said she was all he owned in the world, and he had almost rather go down with her than lose her. There was, however, no water, no kerosene and nothing to eat on board, and the vessel was in a dangerous position. She had been loaded with hay and wood, but her deep load of wood had long ago been washed overboard. As I stepped on board the craft, which seemed just
Ready to Take Its Final Plunge,
the Captain stepped forward and said:
“Can you give me some men to help me work my vessel?”
“No, sir,” said I, as I glanced about the wreck; “in the first place, there isn’t a man aboard my vessel would take the risk of going with you.”
“And you won’t let me have even one man” said he in despair, as he began to see his last chance of saving his vessel disappearing.
“No,” said I, “I wouldn’t leave one of my men aboard this craft to take his chances with you if she was loaded with gold.”
He then offered me $100 for a man, but of course, I refused.
“I will,” said I, “do one of two things: I will take your crew aboard my boat, or I will put a crew aboard your vessel and try to work her in.” This last offer I made on condition that I should receive $1000 if I got the vessel in port safely. I was off on a fishing trip, and of course I couldn’t lose my voyage for nothing. It might pay me $1000, and it might not, but that was about fair for the loss of my voyage. He offered me $500 and then $700, but I told him I wouldn’t take $999; that $1000 was only the fair thing. He finally consented and signed the following agreement:
December 29, 1885
I hereby agree to pay the schooner Clytie the sum of one thousand dollars ($1000) to help save my vessel and crew. JOSEPH BISHOP.
Of course in doing even this I had to take my chances of losing my voyage, for we were in a dangerous position, and the chances of saving the vessel were poor. I told him I would take him into the first port I could. The wind was fair for the Nova Scotia coast, but it is a bad place there, and I told him I would try to get him into either Boston or Gloucester. I put six men aboard. The wind favored us, and here we are safe and sound.
“The names of my crew who ran down in the Alaska? Oh, they were Pat Foley, Dick Welch, King Silva, Frank Tijer, John Shea and John McNulty—a good set of boys they are, too.”
“How are the crew of the Alaska getting along?”
“Well, they suffered terribly, but will be all right in a few days. The mate is the worst off, his feet and fingers being frozen. It was a close call for them all, but you know we seafaring men have to take our chances.”Captain Courant, sch. Clytie
A “Sully Miracle on the” Sea story! Now from the sch. Alaska point of view:
LASHED TO THE WHEEL: Experience of the Crew of the Alaska Given by Captain Bishop—Their Miraculous Escape
Captain Bishop of the schooner Alaska was found aboard his vessel, which is lying on the north side of Union wharf. When asked about his trip, he said it was the roughest weather he had seen for over thirty years.
“We started,” said he, “from Harvey, N.S., Christmas afternoon, with a deckload of cordwood and hay in the hold for James Stevenson of this port. It was blowing pretty hard at the time, but we supposed it would soon moderate. After running about two miles, and when off Grindstone Island, we decided to anchor, as the wind appeared to be increasing. We placed two anchors ahead and let out 210 fathoms of chain. At 2 o’clock the next afternoon the chains parted, and the vessel drifted into the Bay of Fundy. It was then snowing hard, the sea was tremendously high, and it was blowing a terrific gale from the northeast by east. It was impossible to carry any canvas, so we rode along under bare poles. At midnight the storm was fearful. The high seas washed continually over the decks, and the two men at the wheel had to be lashed, otherwise it would have been impossible for them to remain on deck. At 3 o’clock Monday morning we hove the vessel too by a peak in the mainsail. At 7 o’clock we were to north-northwest, with part of the three-reefed foresail and peak of the mainsail, the rest of the mainsail and two jibs having been blown away. At 3 o’clock that afternoon we found ourselves near the breakers, on the southern point of Grand Manan. In the meantime it changed from snow to hail and were then able to see ahead for the first time since Saturday. The first thing we saw was that we were going ashore inside of Gannet rock.
The mate and two seamen had their hands and feet badly frostbitten, while my limbs were partially paralyzed Monday evening the wind veered around to north-northwest. At 10 o’clock Tuesday morning, when 130 miles east by south of Cape Ann, we met the fishing schooner Clytie, which towed us to this port. The Alaska had her boat and deckload carried away.Boston Globe report published Jan 2, 1886
Itemized on List of vessels district of Gloucester August 1878, Gloucester archives Gloucester Harbor. Alaska. 63.87 tonnage. Master’s name M.M. Murray Number 455 Built in Gloucester in 1867 by George Norwood & Sons Gloucester Harbor. Clytie. 72.17 tonnage. Master’s name A.C. Browell #125,125 Built in Gloucester 1873 Rowe & Jordan
2019 article about the history of the (now deteriorating) Gannet lighthouse (yes, for the birds that were there) with interview of former lighthouse keeper: “The Gannet Rock lighthouse soars above a rocky islet off Grand Manan, an old beacon of light for fisherman. But the tower, built in 1831, is battered from years of neglect. It was abandoned in the early 2000s and stopped being maintained by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in 2010. “
Winslow Homer, Ship building Gloucester Harbor, 1873
Same year as Clytie was built
Scenes of vessels/fishing industry in Gloucester harbor and accounts of winter storms
Ten years earlier, “The December Gales of 1876” chapter from The Fishermen’s Own Book comprising The List of Men and Vessels Lost from Gloucester, Mass., from 1874 – April 1, 1882 AND a Table of Losses From 1830, together with Valuable Statistics of the Fisheries, ALSO Notable Fares, Narrow Escapes, Startling Adventures, Fishermen’s Off-Hand Sketches, Ballads, Descriptions of Fishing Trips, AND Other Interesting Facts and Incidents Connected with This Branch of Maritime Industry, Entered according to Act of Congress, 1882, Procter Bros., Lib of Congress
Clarence Manning Falt
1920s & 1930s
Leslie Jones, others
after winter storm- white snow bright homes #GloucesterMA
Thank you to all the road crews and good eggs shoveling public ways!
Digging out photos: A few after the winter storm scenes of downtown Gloucester by 9:30AM 12/18/2020. Any surface brick or stone is slick as can be. Evergreen pine trees & wreaths were randomly frosted like the Kancamagus Highway. Yet snow was already gone from the marsh.
Nor’easter winter storm: snow and rain blowing, sideways, ski goggles worthy #GloucesterMA
LIVE – few winter storm scenes (photos and video clips) 12/17/2020 7am Gloucester, Mass
Winter white out storm: snow, rain and wind– gusting big & horizontal which means snow accumulation tallies will drift here. Plows have been out for various first passes.
Storm Freezing up camera
not molasses crinkles, yet:
What’s in a name? This Dec. 17, 2020 winter storm is called Bailey (which is nice timing wise with George Bailey It’s A Wonderful Life), and winter storm Gail.
Stay safe. We’ll see what happens after 1pm.
Before 8AM winter storm #GloucesterMA
schools CLOSED Tuesday #GloucesterMA ❄️⛄
Forecast for the winter storm this first week in December is troubling enough to call the first snow day for the 2019-20 school year.
Gloucester schools closed tomorrow 12/3/19