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Friday, November 02, 2012

After the Storm

A big storm just rolled through Kodiak.  This morning we had 60 mph winds and the ocean in front of our house got pretty roiled up.  An indication of the severity is that after the storm our windows are completely covered in wind blown salt, and we are situated 70 feet above the ocean!  We never get storms like this in the summer.  This is our first real winter storm.

What I love about Kodiak is that storms like this solicit no real big reaction.  We never name our storms.  Not to belittle 'frankenstorm' Sandy but we get comparable storms all the time.  They most definitely do not create as much havoc here because for some reason we are better equipped to handle them.  Why is this?  Is it because these sorts of storms are more frequent and so we build our houses and infrastructure accordingly?  Or is it because we do not have the population and there really is no infrastructure to damage?

And this last one was not really a big storm at all.  I've seen storms where dumpsters were blowing about downtown Kodiak like soda pop cans.  Our storms, no matter how big, never make national news.  Our weather only makes it on shows like the 'Deadliest Catch' - certainly not the national news.

Anyway, this afternoon it cleared off and the winds calmed down.  But the waves were still big at Mill Bay beach.  I also created a short 1 minute video that shows a clip of the beach at noon and then another clip after it cleared around 2:30 PM.  It was certainly not a good day to be out on a boat!

This is the view of the beach from our house

The kids had 'early release' from school so I took them to the beach to see the waves

Here's a satellite image of our storm from 1PM - note that this image would cover the lower 48.  That's a big storm.

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