Copyright John A. Sperr
Saturday, December 22, 2012
2012 set to go in the record books
as the warmest ever
Tropical Storm SANDY wreaks havoc
SANDY came ashore along the New Jersey Coast just below hurricane strength, but the massive size of the storm, coupled with astronomical high tides and a phasing with the jet stream caused a massive storm surge that devastated many coastal areas. While the Hudson Valley was largely spared the ill effects of rain and wind, the storm surge up the Hudson River flooded riverfront properties all the way to the Federal Dam at Troy. The Hudson River Maritime Museum and the Saugerties Lighthouse both experienced flooding and record high water levels as did our informal clubhouse at Dock's place in Glasco.
To the south, our friends at the North Shrewsbury Ice Boat and Yacht Club experienced record flooding. A new high water mark now graces the shop above the work benches on the first floor -- they were very lucky that the building was not swept away or battered to bits by the flotsam in the Navesink River. The floor is buckled and a new furnace will need to be installed, but the building seems stable while slowing drying out and the historic material upstairs was not harmed.
Maine Update -- Early October
Late September and the month of October bring some of the most
beautiful weather and scenery Maine has to offer. While the fleet of large schooners
plying the summer tourist trade starts dwindling in number after Labor
Day, numerous smaller yachts continue to run day trips with passengers
enjoying the warm days and beautiful fall foliage until nearly November.
Acadia National Park and the highway to the summit of Cadillac Mountain are much less
crowded than in summer and the campgrounds stay open until mid-October.
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Winter is coming
Normal Temperatures and Precipitation?
The current thinking of many forecasters is that we will be in a mild El Nino condition with the NAO index trending slightly negative and the Arctic Oscillation returning to its normal pattern of bringing the cold air further south this winter. Factoring this all together, forecasters are calling for an average winter for the Northeast in 2012 / 2013. Expect some snow and cold weather, with some clear and mild spells in between. As always, if it plays out in a favorable sequence, we might have a great winter of iceboating with a snow, thaw, and extended freeze pattern. Or, it could go the other way, and leave us with ice buried under modest amounts of snow or never gaining enough thickness. Time will tell. The HRMM and Clearwater are on schedule to finish their new building on the Kingston waterfront in another month -- perhaps I'll get some rigging equipment set up with them and we can start splicing some new standing rigging for FDR's ice yacht, HAWK.
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HRIYC.ORG is neither the official website, nor am I the webmaster, of the Hudson River Ice Yacht Club. I am a long standing member of the Club and during the sailing season I frequently post photographs and information on this, my own personal website, about current iceboating activity in the Hudson Valley and beyond. I am the sole person responsible for the presentation of content and the opinions expressed herein. Interesting photographic contributions are welcome and appreciated -- I spend most of my time on the ice skippering and far too often fail to capture the best images the day has to offer. ŠJohn A. Sperr MMXII