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The Typhoon’s Backside

August 28, 2011

The Pheebs and I were discussing Irene today.  One of our pet peeves, upon disclosure of where we live, is the following question:

“What do you do about hurricanes?”

It seems the East coast is about to find out.  Let me be perfectly clear – it’s not the wind one has to worry about; Conchs don’t put up the hurricane shutters until the winds crank up north of 100 MPH.  No – one worries about water.

It’s a lot more dense than air, and packs quite a wallop when prodded along with a little wind.  In addition, seawater has a particularly corrosive effect on most of man’s endeavours, destroying a lifetime of artifacts in a few hours time.

There are two storms swirling about the Philippine Sea as you read this – Typhoon Nanmadol and Tropical storm Tela.  Both formed off Guam, with Nanmadol taking aim at the Philippines and Tela heading towards Japan.  The best place to be during a storm, in my opinion, is on the backside.

One may get a feel for the fury of a storm without getting in harm’s way.

The beach has been a bit of a mess at the hands of the twin storms, with all matter of debris washing up.

Tropical storms, it seems, do a bang-up job of pruning the reef.  We go to great lengths to protect it, and a storm comes through and gives it a rather uniform haircut.

I’d been waiting a week to photograph the waves.  We’ve been under a uniform blanket of steel gray  as Tela formed – flat light flat sucks, as waves, wind and cloud combine into a uniform soup.  Here – I’ll show you.

Blah.  Had to wait for the sun to come out to get contrast.

As is the case with the Japanese, the time we’d figure the beach to be boring, they came out in droves.

None of that nasty sunshine to ruin their picture perfect tropical vacation.

Speaking of picture perfect…

A very pretty bride.  The groom?

Rather geeky, in my opinion.  He’s wearing the same outfit I did 25 years ago…

I could have collected enough gear to start a rental business.Too much work, methinks.

The sun finally peeked out through thin cloud cover, and wave pics were at hand.

The kids were young and not strong swimmers – and there was a good rip current running along the beach from the waves.  Made me a little nervous, but their Dad was keeping a close eye on them.

Yes – it’s all about the water in a tropical storm.  Not to be taken lightly, this.

Trust friends and family will be safe and sound post Irene.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 28, 2011 10:50 am

    It is man’s illusion to believe he has conquered wind and water.

    • dangerboyandpixie permalink*
      August 28, 2011 7:20 pm

      judging from the photos – folks Back East have figured that out by now.

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