Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Storm Light At The South Jetty

As I sit and write, I hear the unmistakable patter of the rain as it pelts the southwest side of our house.  Weather wise, yesterday was a much more interesting day because one minute the wind was howling and pelting rain.  Then twenty minutes later, it would clear for as long as thirty minutes and it would be just beautiful.  During one of the short lived periods, I made a fast run to the beach and returned with a couple of images that depict a bit of the storm’s intensity.

 

clatsop-storm (1 of 2)

The waves from the Pacific ocean that pummeled the South Jetty could best be described as agitated and angry!

 

clatsop-storm (2 of 2)  

The dunes were hammered by near constant winds which were clocked at 30 miles per hour when the image was made.  Notice the bend in the antenna on the left side of the photo.

As always, the storm light was brief and the rain and hail soon returned.  I can’t wait until June!

15 comments:

SilverNeurotic said...

All these years of living near the Jersey shore, I've never seen a storm at the beach.

Steve Skinner said...

It's an incredible sight!

Deanna said...

Oh my goodness! I've never seen anything like that. Awesome pictures. It could be a long few/many months for you. Stay safe.

Steve Skinner said...

But Deanna, you guys get tornadoes. I'll take a storm from the Pacific over that!

Deanna said...

That is true Steve - we are part of tornadoe alley. I love storms (I'm strange like that) but definitely not tornadoes.

Earl said...

Steve, I'm a little late to the party but you've posted wonderful photos that capture the mood and some of the energy of the storm. Being out in that natural force can certainly make one feel very alive--it gets the adrenaline pumping. Wonderful job my friend!

Steve Skinner said...

Thanks Earl! When I worked as a forester, only a fool would be out in the woods when the winds was approaching 30 mph. On the other hand, being on the beach doesn't seem so bad with the same wind!

Pamela said...

our God daughter lives in Ilwaco and we heard about the day

Steve Skinner said...

Pamela, it was a very "big wind"!

Nancy Lewis said...

Wow! Those photos are awesome, especially the second one. I can see every blade of grass on those dunes. What kind of camera do you use?

Steve Skinner said...

Thanks Nancy! The photo was made with a Canon 40D.

Paul said...

Very cool! Thanks for pointing the bend of the antenna! That really makes the shot.

Steve Skinner said...

Thanks Paul! It was tough standing but it was well worth the effort.

Ralph said...

Steve,
Do you get lots of winter storms in Astoria? We are looking for places to relocate when (or better, before) California collapses completely. My wife loves storms over the ocean.

Steve Skinner said...

You bet! November and December in particular are frequently very stormy months.