Saturday, September 25, 2010

Storm Surge

Last night the wind was really howling from a storm a couple of hundred miles to the north. The waves may not look like much but normally, there are none. They were talking about 5' to 15' waves and a storm surge of a couple of feet. The coast road (the only road connecting NARL to the village of Barrow) is being pounded pretty hard. This evening, while driving into town, there were many areas where the road was wet from the wind and waves and there is a lot of earth moving equipment building up mounds of gravel and rock to try and protect the road. Hopefully, I'll be able to get out tomorrow morning.

I didn't make it out to the BEO control shed like I was planning as it was just too windy and cold this morning. The snow is no longer just falling and melting but it is sticking and starting to drift. According to the weather service, the winds are gusting up to 40 knots. Last night, it sounded like the classic storm with the wind howling and snow and ice being blown against the windows.


  1. Wow, very dramatic sea and sky, especially the first one. Great images, really capture that stormy feeling. I like the light hitting the water in the second.

  2. The pictures didn't capture how rough the water really was and it was too cold and windy to stand around waiting for the right moment. Wimpy photographer....


  3. Incredible. Can only imagine wat 5-15 foot swells look like on an ocean that is used to seeing slightly rolling waves. I guess those travel fairly far inland compared to non-waves?