Feb 12, 2016

Frigid Weather
How to Stay Safe

Friday and the weather is freezing.
Temperatures are down to the single digits F which is the negative digits C.
We have a warning not only for wind chill but for  heavy freezing spray.
Wind chill goes down to -25 F or -31 C
Freezing spray means that spray from the surf and water at sea are feezing instantly creating very dangerous hazards on ships and anything else it touches!
One camera lens froze over as I tried to take a photo.
Spray Freeze on Camera Lens
The photo below shows the icy gray of the ocean today.  In spring and summer it is a glorious navy blue.

Here are some tips to staying safe in cold weather:
1. Stay inside, Avoid going out and don't stay out for long.
2 Dress in layers. Warm layers! warm underclothing,   warm tops, warm sweaters or sweatshirts, woolen scarves, heavy gloves , warm woolen or insulated socks.Top off with a heavy winter coat.
3 Cover your extremities well.  You can get frost bite even through gloves if  you are out long enough and it does not take very long in sub zero temperatures.
4 Use a woolen scarf to cover your mouth and cheek areas.
5 In frigid weather the battery on your car uses 50% more energy to run so you will lose half the life of your car battery. Make sure you have a good battery. Make sure you have survival blankets, food and etc in your trunk. Space blankets,energy bars, etc. Keep your cell phone charged for emergency and get help quickly if you are stranded!
Here is a link to dressing in extreme cold.
Gulls waiting patiently for lunch
Here is a still from the video camera from early this afternoon:

Feb 11, 2016

Bustery Gales

Note: I woke this morning (its now Friday) at 5AM to 10 degree weather and falling. Brrrrr...
Another gale coming in tonight.
Winds are 25 mph and the temp is 26 F or -3C and going down.
Way down.... The surf is still pretty calm but picking up as the winds increase.
The ocean temperature is 43 F or 6.1 C.
The flags are up again today! They haven't really stopped for well over two weeks now. They say March is the windy month and the saying goes, March comes in like a lion, goes out like a lamb. But this year February has come in like a lion! Small craft advisories are the order of the day.
Here are some  views of the Atlantic  taken at 3:30 PM today but not from outside!
It's too darn cold with that wind on the beach today.(click to enlarge photos which are stills from video cam)

the sand is usually "white sugar: but it has been replenished due to "Sandy" with darker sand. It will come back though.

Late lunch break for the gulls

Feb 9, 2016

A Little Story

For years my mother was given Francis Gay's Friendship book by a friend of hers from Glasgow. 
To my knowledge my mother did not really read them but I devoured them when they came. I just loved them.
This little inspiring story came from the pages of  one of Francis Gay's Friendship books
 I have paraphrased it.

A certain woman was working in the inner city and was visiting an elderly woman who lived in a dingy back room.
"I am praying for God to allow me to have a cleaner and brighter place to live," the old lady said. "Right" said the visiting lady. "Let's get down to it".
The elderly lady thought that the visitor meant that she was going to pray for her.   Instead, the visitor got  down on her knees and began to scrub the floors and clean the house.