Friday, January 18, 2008

Wow


We're having one humdinger of a storm out here, it started this morning and shows no sign of letting up. They were calling for 50 to 80 mph winds, not sure if we've got that high but I do know at noon I was walking on an icy parking lot towards the beach with the wind at my back and I didn't have to move my feet - the wind just blew me along at a normal walking pace, sliding across the ice. Along with the wind and rain are warm temps so the snow is going fast. All our Mariner fleet is done with pot cod and are switching their gear out for opilio. We do have a couple boats doing trawl cod this season as well, and the pollock fishery opens in a few days so we're all busy with last minute projects both on the boats and in the plant.
I took these pictures a couple days ago when Chico and I were walking out past the landfill. The strategy when it has been snowing is to drive towards Summer's Bay until the first snow blockage across the road (there are many, but they get then cleared the next day), park, and walk along the beach. The fog and light snow that day made passing fishing boats look like ghost ships.




6 comments:

pat said...

I feel for you having to bear such a wicked wind. Here in Iowa, it's minus 10F and bitter cold but there's no wind at all right now. If it starts blowing in the morning I'm not setting foot outside. Yes, I'm a little chicken... :)

Lynn said...

I enjoy reading your blog. I'm in
the mountains of Northern California. And I thought it was
cold here! Roz was rescued off of
our coast.

Kym said...

I love the beauty of your pictures especially the eagles but I don't envy you the experience of all that cold and wind.

T said...

Sounds kind of like going on one of those moving walkways at the airport. That's wild! While i don't think we've been dealing with any 80 mph winds, this whole week has been filled with mostly 20 below temps so i must admit that it hasn't been exactly pleasant weather around here. Digging the photo of the eagle on the big tire though! Love you

Lothian said...

I would love to experience a winter storm like that. Here in Ohio things are relatively mild. I am just glad to hear that most of the fishermen are not out "enjoying" that weather quite yet.

AlaskaSteve said...

I love the storms - both being in the house and hearing them roaring outside, and being out in them experiencing them first hand. I've talked to people that have moved away from Dutch Harbor that said the thing they missed most was the wind. It is truly amazing . . .