Friday, October 28, 2011

SkyWatch Friday ~ Extreme Weather

Last night, this was the weather system sitting over top of us. Winds blowing 70 to 90 km/h with gusts to 130 km/h and I can assure you there were lots of gusts at 130 km/h.  Despite the winds the cabin remained sound.
This mornings sunrise(?) saw the tailend of the overnight hurricane force winds but brought with it an unstable southwest weather system.
We are also experiencing extreme tides.  Yesterday we had a 25' 3" high tide (about 16" over our usual high tides and the low was a "0" tide(usually it is 3 to 4 ft.)
 High tide was at 2:53 PDT today.  If we had been experiencing last nights winds during this tide there would have been a 1 to 3 ft surge and the waves would have breached the dunes. 
 As it turned out the winds calmed before high tide and the waves just scoured the beach of logs.
Still photos do no justice to the power of the ocean.  Tlell is on the east side of Haida Gwaii about 100 km from mainland British Columbia so we don't get monumental surf but watching these waves form and watching what they do to the beach gives one a glimpse of what being on the ocean is like.
By the time the tide started to ebb and I headed back to the cabin there was no time to lose as another weather system was moving in. This is my Friday skywatching!

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11 comments:

Stephany said...

That's an extreme low tide. Beautiful series of photos! I like the pictures of the agates too.

Gaelyn said...

Wow, those are some extreme tides. Glad they waited until after the first storm. And the that the cabin is sturdy. Hello Winter!

karen said...

Great selection showing how the weather can change just like that, something man will never control :) Thanks for sharing.

Tabor said...

Magnificent and terrifying weather! Lovely photos. Keep safe.

hannah said...

Thanks Caro,
I've got my lungs full of fresh air now and my head full of the beauty you shard.

Jeannelle said...

Gorgeous photos! Happy skywatching!

Wenche said...

Lovely shot :0)

Al said...

Beautiful photos, despite the harsh weather - that looks like an incredible place! We had snow this week, but not winds like that.

eileeninmd said...

I love the dramatic skies and your photos are beautiful Even with the stormy skies the scenery is gorgeous. Happy skywatching!

Lorac said...

Wow! A great set of SkyWatch pics Carolyn. Thanks for sharing them.

Powell River Books said...

I like the last shot a lot. The misty light in the middle looks ethereal. Are you living the the cabin full time now? I know you have been there quite a bit. - Margy

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