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January Thaw

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After the record breaking cold temperatures of a week or so ago, things are much warmer now... just above freezing. Balmy. The Bay and the Sound are thick with ice. Cape Cod Bay has floes piled up on the Brewster and Orleans beaches. In some places the chunks of ice are six to eight feet above the ground. A "strong breeze" will do that.  Over on Nantucket Sound, the ice sheet runs all the way down to Monomoy Point. A couple of pictures taken at Paine's Creek Landing of Cape Cod Bay and from Harwichport Boatyard of the Sound.

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Winter Storm One

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A big cyclonic winter storm is here. Wind and rain soon to turn to snow. Went to boat and removed Mainsail which Elizabeth reminded me we should have done a month ago. I agree. It did not take too long to accomplish. However, we were frozen by the time it was safely below.

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Averisera is heeling about 5 degrees in the strongest gusts from the NE. This is from 1100 on the 4th.

Picked up E at her work at noon and went to see the sights at Chatham Lighthouse. Very stormy winds, the USCG station was flying the "storm" flag, a square flag, red with a black square. Then off to the Squire for lunch. Very jolly. Finished our tour with a look at the beach at Battlefield Road Landing. The tide is high in Stage Harbor. Some access roads are closed. At Harwichport Boatyard, the water is almost into the buildings.

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The beach is covered with water and there is surf. Wind against tide makes for a big chop. When the current begins to run the other way a lot of water is going to flow into the sea. We expect a new shape to the Chatham Inlet.

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Can't see much. That's where the Fool's Cut is/was. 

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Snow started at 1400, temps down and we're hunkered down. 

After the Storm pictures:

The next day, sun, cold, and wind. A view of the Atlantic from Chatham Lighthouse. Compare to the same view during the storm. Seawater was washing up to the base of the cliff. Lighthouse Beach in Chatham survived intact. Nauset Beach in Orleans is almost gone.

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The inlet seems very much as it was before the North Easter. Just north of the main inlet is the so-called North Break which seems to have moved south to just opposite of Tern Island off the Chatham Fish Pier.

A friend took this photo of the catamaran I had plans to deliver to the USVI this Fall.

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Chilly at Year End

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Winter arrived. Temps in the single digits Fahrenheit and lots of ice. 
Not much snow. A couple of snaps from a drive around on January 1st.

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Harwich Village Center

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View of Little Sipson Island from bluff overlooking Eastward Ho Golf Course. The island is a favorite summer sailing destination in our skerry.
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We probably should have gotten the mainsail off when the weather was warmer. One always hopes for one more sailing day. Maybe...
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Google-eyed, smurf hat crested birdwatcher sighted.

It is a cold snap.

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