Looking at the news this morning, there was a six car pile-up on Long Island. I'm glad I don't have to drive any more. Combine slippery roads with the worst drivers in the nation is always a recipe for disaster.
For us, it was all wind and rain. It was raining so hard that the dogs didn't ask to get off the boat until well after noon, something that has never happened before. Luckily, the wind was out of the northeast and so the waves in the inlet were minimal.
My Home Cheapo weather station shows an average wind speed of 24 MPH yesterday morning, gusting to 30. It got higher than that at one point. During one particularly strong gust I saw it register 38 MPH.
The northeast wind pushed more water than normal into the inlet resulting in the dock getting a few inches of water over it. I tied the steps to the piling so they wouldn't get swept off.
The waves were only a foot or so, but it was interesting to see them breaking on the dock.
The pic above shows a no-wake buoy being dragged underwater by the strong tidal current, which was pushing upstream.
The railroad bridge was left in a down position for some reason. It's usually left up and only closes for trains. The tide was so high that waves were breaking on it.
Finally, here are a few videos to give you a better idea of what it was like to be aboard a boat during all this-
So what did we do all day? Well, our diesel heater had sucked up water from the bottom of our tank and I had to drain all that out and get the heater working again. Our three reverse cycle A/C units have all stopped working so the diesel space heater and a few electric heaters are all we have. We then watched a couple of movies, Silverado (I like westerns) and Hocus Pocus (Pam's favorite Halloween movie). We walked the dogs a couple of times, played on the internets, and just relaxed.
We'll stay put today to give the ocean time to calm down and plan on leaving for Atlantic City early tomorrow morning. It's forecast to be below freezing tonight so we may have to wait for the ice to melt off the decks.