View Full Version : Northeaster!

04-15-2007, 05:55 AM
It was such a mild winter, but spring is a lion. We're holding our breath on the Maine coast. I just heard the weather gal say we might have sixty knots of wind! Man, that's blowing! Hoping my white pines stay vertical.

And more bloody snow! It's national tax time here. This isn't supposed to happen at tax time. LOL.

Paul Girouard
04-15-2007, 08:30 AM
Global warming is TAXING , Eh Ish:D Good luck with yer trees , maybe you guys will get to use your tilts (ice fishing gear) this season after all:rolleyes:

04-15-2007, 08:51 AM
Just think.... Last Sunday was Easter... This Sunday it's the evil anti-Easter.... AKA Nor'Easter.........

04-15-2007, 12:08 PM
I have never heard a true Yankee say Nor’easter.

It always seems to be “No-Theesta”.
They have always been parsimonious with the “R’s”

The news/weather shows seem to be using it more and more,
it sounds silly to me, sort of like Hillary with a southern accent….

04-15-2007, 01:09 PM
"Nor'easter" is considered an affect by true Mainers. Kinda ironic given how funny they talk. LOL.

Calm before the storm here. Not more than a breath of wind. It's hard to believe it's going to blow like a bastard here in twelve hours. Wind direction will, if it takes trees, take out my power line, not my roof. So it goes.

04-15-2007, 07:50 PM
"No-Theesta" would be from around the Rhode Island border with Connecticut, up past Boston.... (Swamp Yankee) The rest of us have enough teeth to form our "R" sounds..... ;)

04-15-2007, 08:12 PM
Forecast for the southern Maine coast tonight...

E winds 20 to 30 kt...increasing to 40 to 55 kt with gusts up to 70 kt after midnight. Seas 5 to 8 ft...building to 12 to 18 ft after midnight. Vsby 1 nm or less in rain.Kaa

04-15-2007, 08:44 PM
This might be a fun night to keep track of GoMOOS. The Gulf of Maine Ocean Observing System. Click on Hourly Data.



04-15-2007, 09:55 PM
I was down by my father's place late this afternoon..... The L.I. Sound looks like it got in a losing battle with Katherine's new toy. No shell fish or crusties for at least a couple weeks after this mud up.....

04-15-2007, 10:03 PM
Wave action is a little ahead of the predictions:


04-15-2007, 11:16 PM
52 knot gusts at Nantucket. It looks like the worst of the wind is going to miss the Maine coast: http://www.wunderground.com/US/Region/Northeast/2xWindSpeed.html

04-16-2007, 07:01 AM
So much for my predictive accuracy: 56 knots off Portsmouth, 29.2 foot waves off Cape Ann.

Vince Brennan
04-16-2007, 07:05 AM
It certainly didn;t miss the lower East Coast.... now we're getting wet snow in Philly...2 inches so far, lost our power for a while (we never lose power around here except in really, really bad thunderstorm time), the eedjits are out on the roads cutting didoes and attempting to impact pedestrians (just had to take SWMBO to work [hospital] and the idiocy on the streets rivals the psych unit where she works) and like that there.

NJ's 'acting' Governor is begging people to stay home if not essential.... it's as if we'd had a 20 inch snowfall instead of a bit of rain and slush.

"Why, when Ah was a boy, we walked eight miles to school and it was uphill both ways!"

"Yeah, well at least you had shoes.... we had to do it in our bare feet!"

"Feet? You had FEET?"

04-16-2007, 07:19 AM
The news here shows drivers in Philly plowing through water half way up the wheel wells.

04-16-2007, 08:07 AM
The Casco Bay buoy now has wave heights of 20.9 ft, winds of 35.1 knots gusting to 43. The house (1892) shakes bigtime in the gusts. :eek:


04-16-2007, 10:32 AM
lets go windsurfing :-)

04-16-2007, 10:33 AM
81 mph gust in Cape Elizabeth. Yikes!


04-16-2007, 10:53 AM
Hm. Remarkably mild here so far. Coming up on the noon weather forecast. Winds gusting to twenty.

I love a good storm, but it's okay with me if this one doesn't hit full force. I'm definately not in the mood for more snow! LOL

04-16-2007, 11:27 AM
Roads all blocked here from down trees. I was lucky to get home after I went out at high tide to the ocean-exposed tip of a promontory here. Surf was crashing across the roads and washing out culverts a la Joe's house.

There was a thirty foot sloop moored in the cove off a ways to the west of the house when I left, exposed to the easterly swell and wind.
It's not there anymore and I tried to drive over to a hidden-from-view cove to see if she's been driven up there. Power lines down across the road kept me away.

04-16-2007, 05:43 PM
Wow! What a wild day. Trees down all over town, water on Commercial Street, it's still howling out there. I drove around a little and snapped a few piccies:







04-16-2007, 05:45 PM
Route 1 is closed in Wells, at the route 9 junction close to the Maine Diner. I'm bilge pumping and vacuuming my basement.

04-16-2007, 05:48 PM
Clint lost a 75' tall larch, but it laid down right betweeen his house and his neighbor's. The big spruce is wobbling back and forth. The ground on either side of the tree moves up and down about 8 inches with each wobble. :eek:



04-16-2007, 05:56 PM
Route 1 is closed in Wells, at the route 9 junction close to the Maine Diner. I'm bilge pumping and vacuuming my basement.

Didn't that spot wash out in last spring's floods?

04-16-2007, 06:18 PM
Looks like the Casco Bay buoy has been knocked out. Some of the other buoys are reading 28-29 foot waves.


04-16-2007, 06:36 PM
Didn't that spot wash out in last spring's floods?

It's not the one that closed route 1 last time, but it's always a problem, too much development upstream.

Bruce Hooke
04-16-2007, 07:29 PM
I was up in Deer Isle last night and drove home this afternoon. It was pretty wild up on Deer Isle. I saw a large spruce tree come down near my parents' house...nothing that unusual since they live in the middle of a spruce forest...but it was impressive to actually see it come down. Power was going on and off quite a bit.

The Royal River in Yarmouth was impressive where it comes under the stone arch bridge next to the interstate.

04-19-2007, 02:44 PM
The thirty foot boat I mentioned got hit by a gust of 60 knots, according to the CG guys at their station about 200 yards away. The boat went on the rocks, was pretty scraped up but didn't take on water. About twenty trees went down in that series of gusts, completely closing off access to a boat launching ramp.

I was in Rockland last night at an Apprenticeshop lecture. The surge rose into the parking lot during the storm and was clearly washing around under UNCAS where she sits at the edge of the bluff. The shrinkwrap cover had sizeable rips in it, as did the covers on some other boats. Be glad you got your boat home Steve!