January 29, 2005
Winter Storm Update 2
We have a brief respite from the cold rain at the moment here at Edisto, but the radar shows more wet stuff is on its way. The Weather Underground indicates we're at 34 and probably safe from any icy precipitation or freezing on contact. Predictably, I have observed a large number of geese flying along the coastline, to the south, of course.
High tide is over, but the ocean still appears a little irritated. The buoy off-shore Edisto is indicating wave heighth of 9+ feet. There is a small craft advisory, but seeing as I have no small craft, that "don't conflict me none." Maybe I'll go rent a kayak.
In all seriousness, for the Edisto folks it's a worry because of beach erosion. In last Sunday's Post and Courier, there was an article (LOGIN: guest; guest) about beach erosion here in the Lowcountry. A passage describing Edisto beach:
"The ocean has taken a couple of houses and forced the town to condemn a couple more. Winter storms have been particularly harsh, chewing away several feet of beach and threatening the town's utilities, whose cables and conduits are buried along Palmetto Boulevard, the town's main drag. The roughest blows these days drive seawater onto the road."
I walked down and looked at a few of those houses yesterday and it certainly is a problem for that part of the beach. Yesterday, I ventured out briefly at high tide since it was a particularly rough day with a gale warning. Indeed, the tide was just a foot or two below coming over the edge of the dune (around the 700 block of Palmetto Boulevard). If I can overcome my aversion to the cold for a little bit, I may return with some photos of the spot later.
Pam over at SouthernBlog ventured out this morning to document the ice covered trees in her locale. She's located in Wetumpka, AL, (near Montgomery) where they have rain right now.
Other folks who are blogging the storm (via Jeff) are:
Will Collier (Atlanta) has pictures.
In this area (Low Country near Charleston), the Don Holt Bridge on I-526 has just been closed due to icing. Just by looking at the images, you wouldn't think it seems that bad. Bubba don't do it--that is the worst time to try it--that near invisible ice will get you everytime. (Webcams: 1, 2, 3, 4) (UPDATE: Don Holt bridge is back open). There remain reports of ice on I-26 and a good rule of thumb for the moment is if you get north of Ravenel, you're getting into some ice.
The street level radar on WCIV (Charleston ABC afilliate) shows rain in my area and beginning to move into the Charleston area near West Ashley.
All three affiliates here have broken in and provided weather updates. Sadly, a control room person or producer at WCBD threw meterologist Leigh Spann into a well whenever she was talking behind the radar screen.
I would link their websites, but the information they're providing is nothing more than you can get from various websites on the web, save their radar signatures.
SCDOT has their act together and is updating road conditions. You can check them at this link or you can always call toll-free at 888-877-9151.
What does this mean for me? Well, it's too wet to hike, and it probably precludes the Spinning Belle and I from heading to the Lowcountry Oyster Roast at Boone Hall tomorrow or to the Charleston Boat Show today. In the meantime, I suppose I'll fetch the crock pot from downstairs so the spinning belle and I can get some beef stew going and watch the ESPN "Timeless" show with Arkansas's Barton Bears. Think of it as a Friday Night Lights at a small school in a small town, where they usually don't come up a yard short. Later, we'll have the Senior Bowl (watch for Matt Jones - #9) on one channel and Kentucky vs. Arkansas on the other.
UPDATE 1:20pm: Sam is bracing for the blow.
Jeff has his third update and has more pictures of additional accumulation.
Backcountry Conservative linked with Storm Blogging Update #3
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