First there was winter storm Riley, then came winter storm Quinn. If you are glued like me to the Weather Channel, you might be wondering about storm impact here in Woods Hole. Well, have we got the photo blog for you!
Bomb Cyclone Riley arrived in our region on Friday March 2nd. By late afternoon, we were getting serious gusts, clocked at 88 miles per hour out at Nobska Light. About 5.30 pm the power went out all over Woods Hole. We hunkered down in candlelight for a long evening of howling wind with lots of rain.
By morning, the inside of the house felt about as cool as outside. I bundled up and wandered about Woods Hole to see the impact and warm up. The Nor'easter was still blowing with a moon high tide causing significant flooding everywhere I went.
Surf was crashing over the sea wall at Stoney Beach, and I was not able to get closer than this to see the significant flooding on Gardiner Road.
Picnic anyone? The access to many docks along this Eel Pond row was swamped with sea water, but the tide did not rise high enough to flood Millfield Street as it did in Hurricane Bob (1991).
Still no power all day Saturday. After my walk, I hopped back in bed to warm up then cooked another candlelight dinner wearing my wool Patriots hat.
On Sunday, the high tides continued to cause coastal flooding and overwhelm docks and seawalls. This is the view towards Nonamessett Island out over the Woods Hole Yacht Club on Sunday. Lower than the day before, but still!
I got closer to Stoney Beach on Sunday, but there were remnant of flooding as well as tons of sand on the old MBL tennis courts. Looked like the surf was pounding this area over both nights.
On the other side of Eel Pond, Shuckers Raw Bar & Cafe was flooded pretty significantly Sunday morning, although given their low ground floor elevation, this can not be the first time.
The sea water was up over the cobblestone terrace there, and into the bar area of this popular spot featured on Diners Drive Ins and Dives last season. Note how much higher the level of the floats are compared to the brick terrace. The access ramp is going up, not down!
The buzz of chain saws punctuated the air for the next few days, but out on Gansett Road a tree remained down with stray wiring tangled within. Nobody likes to chain saw around wires!
Power was restored to Woods Hole mid day Sunday, and by evening the sun broke out for a moment, long enough for my neighbor to row out to empty water from his kayaks lashed to a winter float.
It was Henry David Thoreau who wrote of Cape Cod in 1865: "What are springs and waterfalls? Here is the spring of springs, the waterfall of waterfalls. A storm in the fall or winter is the time to visit it; a lighthouse or a fisherman’s hut the true hotel. A man may stand there and put all America behind him."