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Sunday, August 23, 2009
Pretty Much All Clear
The tide has gone out and the storm surge is over. The wind has shifted to N-NW from S-SE and the rain has let up. There are small patches of blue in the sky and the sun is trying to come out. Our area was very lucky. Other areas of Nova Scotia got hit a lot harder. But, we are well protected by Mahone Bay. The road to Laurie Swim's in Blue Rocks is closed as is the road to Peggy's Cove (333) from the SwisseAir Crash Memorial to the lighthouse. Many other roads are closed as well due to erosion and debris being tossed onto the road.

Louisburg on Cape Breton is getting blasted right now. The snow crab fishermen have had to go in to shore and are staying on their boats in case they need to move. Of course, it's the height of the season off Cape Breton.

I will post the rest of my photos later tonight.

teri- safe and dry
posted by Teri Springer @ 1:57 PM   1 comments
Here We Go
Well, it's started. I got up at 4am and it was barely blowing and not yet raining so I went back to bed. At 6:30 am (ADT) it had been raining lightly. By 8am the rain and wind started and it hasn't let up (it's not yet 10). High tide isn't for another hour but already the storm surge is bringing the water up higher than the normal high tide for this time of year (when we get our highest). So, it will be interesting to see where the water level is in an hour. The radio report said Halifax can expect the worst of the storm between 2 and 3pm which means we will get it between 1 and 2. Thankfully that is after high tide.

Anyway, here are some photos from yesterday and today:

Across the harbour yesterday- neighbour's boat high and dry. This low tide is WELL below normal.





Same boat, well lashed at 3 spots.








Tide wasn't even at it's lowest at this point. My wharf had a metre of mud past the end of it.








The sky to the NW yesterday.





To the north today. This tree is well protected but it's blowing pretty good.






Normal high tide on my wharf.





Storm surge tide level about an hour before high tide.
posted by Teri Springer @ 8:48 AM   0 comments
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Latest Update
Latest word from WeatherNetwork.ca:

HEAVY RAIN IS FORECAST ON SUNDAY AS HURRICANE BILL IS EXPECTED TO TRACK SOUTH OF NOVA SCOTIA AND NORTH OF SABLE ISLAND. RAIN IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN OVER EXTREME SOUTHWEST NOVA SCOTIA OVERNIGHT TONIGHT AND SPREAD EASTWARD TO CAPE BRETON BY NOON SUNDAY. 90 TO 140 MILLIMETRES OF RAIN IS CURRENTLY ESTIMATED FOR THE ATLANTIC COASTAL COUNTIES

WIND WARNINGS HAVE BEEN ISSUED FOR SOUTHWESTERN NOVA SCOTIA WITH NORTHEAST WINDS OF 70 KM/H GUSTING TO 90. A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR SOUTHWESTERN NOVA SCOTIA. THE CENTRE OF HURRICANE BILL IS FORECAST TO PASS CLOSE TO NOVA SCOTIA ON SUNDAY. GALE FORCE WINDS OF 65 KM/H ARE EXPECTED TO EXTEND MORE THAN 300 KILOMETRES WEST OF THE PATH OF THE HURRICANE AND THESE WINDS ARE NOW EXPECTED TO REACH THE ATLANTIC PORTIONS OF WESTERN NOVA SCOTIA SUNDAY MORNING. DEPENDING ON THE PROXIMITY OF HURRICANE BILL TO THE COAST GUSTS OF 100 KM/H ARE POSSIBLE...ESPECIALLY ALONG THE ATLANTIC COAST.

Southwestern counties- that includes Lunenburg County.....we are the first county west of Halifax.

Still hard to fathom as it is positively beautiful out. One of the nicest most comfortable days so far this summer......Glad I am prepared.

teri
posted by Teri Springer @ 1:06 PM   1 comments
All Quiet on the South Shore
For now, anyway. The sun is actually shining out over Mahone Bay but it's overcast here in Chester. Very little breeze. It looks like we just hit high tide a little while ago and it was VERY high (highest I've ever seen it). Could make for an interesting storm surge if tomorrow morning's high tide coincides with the worst of the wind and rain. My studio level sits only about 2 metres above sea level at high tide and the weather service is already predicting waves of 2 metres for this afternoon along the coastal beaches (the surfers are positively orgasmic). Since we sit on primarily rock here, the rain run-off is an issue too. Wonder if my wharf will be under water...

I've gotten pretty much everything from outside moved in or tied down. Will save moving my one chair, footrest and small table in for when the rain and/or wind starts. I have a lobster pot sitting on the deck too. Even though it is doubtful it will move (it still has the rocks in it used to keep them on the ocean floor) I'm going to have my brother help me drag it into the living room. Now all I can do is hope all of my neighbours have done a good job of battening everything down too.

I wonder how the dog will handle it. He hates to go out in the rain so walking him for potty time could be problematical. And I forgot to bring my rain poncho with me so I have no foul weather gear. Our sailing stuff disappeared last year during race week and we have yet to replace it (that stuff is NOT cheap).

I really should have gotten the generator back in June. Never occurred to me that I really need it for my CPAP. Well, I have lived this many years with sleep apnea and didn't have the machine so I guess I can manage a few days without it.

Chester is VERY, VERY quiet. I think everyone is just waiting to see what will happen.

I will try to keep posting over the next few days and even putting up some photos but, even if we don't lose power the cable may go out and then my only connection will be the Blackberry. If the cell towers go out too I will be without a way to contact anyone.

More later.....

teri
posted by Teri Springer @ 9:15 AM   0 comments
Friday, August 21, 2009
What a Weather Forecast
Yes, it's been a VERY busy summer for me. Charity Golf outing in St-Hyacinthe where I met Max Talbot and his best friend, Bruno Gervais (NY Islanders) and Marc-Andre Fleury. Spending several days out on my sister's friend's 73 foot fishing boat; helping host a day at Fabricville for a large group of quilters from the US on a quilting cruise, a SAQA regional meeting, quilting, cleaning, walking, reading, knitting cotton washcloths for a group of docs and nurses from Fisherman's Memorial Hospital in Lunenburg who are going to Belize next month, etc, etc, etc.

Now I am preparing to spend about 24 hours sitting out a hurricane that may make a direct hit on us. Here is our weather forecast from the WeatherNetwork.ca:

Atlantic Canada
Hurricane Bill's impact in Atlantic Canada is a guarantee with rain bands expected to start on Saturday. The storm is expected to lose intensity as it moves into cooler waters (not much cooler- waters here are about 22-24 C- my note) but it is very possible Bill could still be a hurricane on Sunday.

The current storm track is suggesting that Nova Scotia, PEI, Cape Breton and eastern Newfoundland will be the hardest hit with New Brunswick, western Newfoundland and Labrador being less affected. Keep in mind, with hurricane force winds extending almost 200 km from the centre of the storm today, all of Atlantic Canada is going to feel the impact of Hurricane Bill when he passes this weekend. Also, this storm track could change right up to Sunday so check regularly to find out how the storm will affect you.

Rainfall amounts from Hurricane Bill will depend on the final storm track but are expected to be between 50 - 100+ mm. Hurricane and tropical storm winds will accompany the rain and could reach up to 140 km/h closer to the centre of the storm with lesser tropical storm winds of up 90 km/h farther away from the storm.

Flooding will be a significant problem in affected areas (esp. since we don't know how the worst of the storm will match up with the tides but we are in our highest tides of the season right now) in addition to wind damage including power outages. Residents should already be preparing for what could be a weather emergency including an Emergency Kit with food and supplies for at least 72 hours. (hope I can use my grill but I AM cooking up a bunch of chicken and steak in the morning so I can have cold chicken and cut up either to put in a salad. I DO have a big cooler and LOTS of ice).

Yes folks- this could get interesting. I'd still rather deal with a hurricane than a tornado- at least I had plenty of warning to get prepared. I DO wish I had gotten a generator back in June when I originally planned and, since my windows are not the best, I WILL be replacing them in the spring with hurricane-rated ones.

teri
posted by Teri Springer @ 8:38 PM   1 comments
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Name: Teri Springer
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