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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:

Mike (Charleston)

Bet (Greenville)

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.

Posted by Adam H at January 29, 2005 12:00 PM ~ Link Cosmos | Trackbacks (1)
Backcountry Conservative linked with Storm Blogging Update #3
Comments

Had beef stew, cornbread and pinto beans for lunch yesterday.

Posted by: Jeff at January 29, 2005 12:27 PM

The attack up here in North Carolina has just begun.

Posted by: Sam at January 29, 2005 01:01 PM

Edisto Beach to Boone Hall?? That's a haul and a half especially for oysters "at market price". At least an hour if not an hour and a half.. to stand in cold rain (very little sheltered areas there).

(meaning you can skip this crap)
I remember my first Boone Hall Oyster Festival, 1987... then it was relatively new and it was a entry price of 20 dollars (?.. it might have been $15) for all you could eat. By my last one in 1989, it had gone to pay as you go but still very popular (5 bucks a tray). This was before 526 when it was a very long drive from North Charleston and above, now those residents can get there as fast as people downtown


PROS on going: The cold rain may make the crowds smaller and the oysters may have a "lower market price". If you were going downtown anyway you're only 30 minutes away.

Consider using the round about route of using 526. Sure it's a lot longer distance-wise but you avoid the 40 plus lights on 17 and is a lot more scenic. (If you do go this way, you may want to take a shortcut at "Red Top"... take the left fork off of 17 onto Bees Ferry road and turn left at the light on Glenn McConnell Parkway which will run into 526E, this cuts about 5-10 minutes off the trip). This route also takes you past beautiful Daniel Island where the Family Circle Cup is played and is really pretty to drive around (Full disclosure on why I'm "big" on Daniel Island later, if you go there)

Finally, downtown Charleston is still good to visit, if you haven't already. Obviously the Aquarium and IMAX theaters are indoor activities along with the Gibbs Art Museum. Most carriage rides around Charleston are covered from rain also.

End Unsolicited Advice from a person that doesn't even live in Charleston... sorry for the intrusion

Posted by: JFH at January 29, 2005 10:07 PM

Adam,

We were lucky...everything melted today.

Have a good night.

Posted by: Sam at January 30, 2005 06:50 PM
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