The Tides Of March II

Scituate, MA... courtesy (sort of) of Jeff Fallon, who is a better embedded photographer than I am....

The very heavy March Nor'easter is hammering the coastal areas of the South Shore and Cape Cod. We still have a gaggle of NWS warnings, including a Coastal Flood Warning, a High Wind Warning, a Storm Warning and a Winter Weather Advisory.

Note that the Coastal Flood Warning has been extended to cover tonight's 8:30ish high tides, which could still be very dangerous and destructive. Seas are still 10-15 feet off of places like Gloucester and Duxbury.

This monster storm, which is about 500 miles E/SE of Nantucket, is still hammering away on us. She also threw a snowy knuckleball at forecasters like myself, as more snow than was expected is falling. It should fall all day, too. Peep the radar. We could end up with 4-7 inches, more as you near the bridges. Only the Outer Cape is getting a rain mix as I write this.

Cape Cod only has about 40 customers without power, although there are more in a strip running SW to NE, Wareham to Scituate. Here's the NSTAR Outage Map link.

Back to the storm damage photos....

Brant Rock, MA... taken from roughly about where the Brant Rock Supermarket (lifted this from their site) is/was. Because coastal folk are hearty, the Market is open today.


Sagamore Beach, MA.... sort of on a bluff, which keeps them from that Scituate/Duxbury sort of coastal flooding.

Sagamore is also the site of the Almost But Not Quite On Time boat launch re-fortification project. Massachusetts coastal residents know that you don't fix storm damage until mid-late April, because sometimes we have more storms.


Sandwich, MA... By this point, we were shooting directly into the wind, and we didn't spend much time in Sandwich. 5-0 was posted up on the better photo-op spots, thus preventing our access to them.

The hugest of the waves were pushing 8 feet, and the average wave height here was about 4.

Waves breaking on houses, Ocean Road North, Duxbury MA

This was a full hour before high tide. Our embedded Duxbury Beach photographer has mysteriously and ominously stopped FB posting.

A big part of the problem Duxbury Beach is having..... sand and rocks have piled up against the seawall, meaning that a one foot storm surge is going to have sea level up aound where the kitchen table is. This also has the fun effect of allowing the waves to wash over the seawall unimpeded and smash directly into the houses. That seawall is normally 8-10 feet high, with another 5-7 feet buried.

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