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Offline MH

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Weather Thread
« on: September 12, 2018, 06:03:06 am »
Well, another storm is coming - Florence is her name. 

Have you been through extreme weather ?  I haven't, really.  There was the big storm in Toronto in 1998 (I think it was) but there wasn't even any power loss for us.

You ?

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Re: Weather Thread
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2018, 11:32:33 am »
Well, another storm is coming - Florence is her name. 

Have you been through extreme weather ?  I haven't, really.  There was the big storm in Toronto in 1998 (I think it was) but there wasn't even any power loss for us.

You ?

My first overseas trip was to the Philippines and I was based the first month there on a ship in the South China Sea. I got there just in time for typhoon Ruby to bare her teeth. We did a lot of rockin' and rollin' for about 3 days. Winds on the bridge hit up to 112kts. Thankfully I'm not prone to motion sickness but there were a number of crew members who didn't stray far from the heads.   

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« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2018, 11:34:46 am »
3 days!  How did you eat, sleep, poop ?

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« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2018, 11:53:38 am »
Many big storms.  Had many power outages, sometimes for days.  That’s life on the island if you live in a rural area.  Worked through a bunch of storms on boats in the Straits... 

But 2 recent times come to mind:

Was caught out fishing in the “Unsinkable Laegend” when the weather came in.  We saw water spouts forming on our way back in...   cool sight, but not when you’re out in a 4 foot chop, gusting 40 knots.  In hindsight, I should’ve stopped to take photos...  but they probably would’ve been blurry anyway.  Couldn’t make it back to our original launch, so we had to bum a ride back to our boat and trailer from a more sheltered launch.  Was quite an adventure. 

Drove through blizzard conditions from Hope to Jasper...   north of Jasper it was blowing snow making for horrendous visibility....   around Peace River, it was freezing rain!  Not a pleasant drive to Yellowknife that winter...

ETA:  Never been at sea in the weather Omni is talking about...  yikes...
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« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2018, 12:07:33 pm »
3 days!  How did you eat, sleep, poop ?

Ah pooping was no problem, the heads continued to work fine. You just had to hunt around to find one someone wasn't kneeling in front of, and "praying" into.  For around 2 of the days the galley was shut down. I guess they figured the fried eggs could end up flipping themselves. There was a stash of energy bars and such on board for just such an event. They get a little boring after awhile but at least something to munch on. Sleeping was the most difficult at least for me. Not sure how familiar you are with "sea terms" but you have what are called lee cloths which is like kind of window blind made of canvas that unrolls from below the berth and then hooks in up above. This is to keep you from being thrown out of your berth as she rolls, but constantly being thrown from side to side, even if you don't fall out, does not make for a good nights sleep. I was sitting chatting with the captain of the vessel during some of the worst of the storm and during one of those rolls I said to him " I think sometimes this things is going to just keep right on rolling" even though it always did stop and then start it's roll the other way. He replied that the way we were loaded it would always right itself from rolls. Just about then a wave hit us on the stern, which which was flat shaped, and that felt like I imagine it would feel to be rear ended in your car, and the ship gave about 3 shudders as that impact made its way along the length of the ship. The captain said "now that's what worries me because that shudder is what can break these ships up, and since we are in the stern which is the heaviest part, it would break off first". OK now I felt much better knowing we wouldn't likele roll over, but we might just snap off and head for Davey Jones but at least we'd be right side up.
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« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2018, 12:56:22 pm »
Another scrape I had with some significant weather was not wind but rainfall. This was on an island off the west coast of Africa that was known for its annual rainy season, but this year even the locals were saying it was heavier than usual. The island is volcanic and it's highest elevation is just under 10,000 feet. The roadways were down closer to sea level. I drove to the airport early one morning with the rain pounding down like it had been for days and as I approached a bridge that crossed a river that drained the flow down the mountain, here comes a large tree, roots first that had obviously been flooded out somewhere up the mountainside and it hit the bridge knocking it off its center stanchion and on down toward the sea. Thankfully that tree had to good graces to crash the bridge while we were on the same side of the river as was our residences, and even more so not while we were on it. We turned around and headed back to see about a plan B as we thought this was the only road to the airport. Turned out there was another one but it required a slow, lengthy, very bumpy trip with a 4x4 through the jungle.     

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« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2018, 04:03:03 pm »
And as global warming continues there will be more and more Florences to deal with. I'll bet there will be some really good deals on waterfron property in the Carolina s soon if anyone wants to take a chance.

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« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2018, 05:06:37 pm »
I just heard on a news channel that NASA has recorded waves as high as 83 feet in this storm. Now I'm no expert but that seems like a big wave. Yikes!
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« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2018, 05:35:02 pm »
And as global warming continues there will be more and more Florences to deal with.

I think it's fewer storms but bigger.

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« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2018, 05:52:06 pm »
83 feet? That is not just above the deck, it is above the masthead.

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Re: Weather Thread
« Reply #11 on: September 14, 2018, 06:09:03 am »
You don't have to put the f-word in quotes you know.  We understand you're not using it literally. :D

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« Reply #12 on: September 14, 2018, 10:36:16 am »
You don't have to put the f-word in quotes you know.  We understand you're not using it literally. :D

I might be if I was living in Wilmington.

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« Reply #13 on: September 14, 2018, 12:14:18 pm »
Degregdation of 'literally' 😂

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« Reply #14 on: September 14, 2018, 12:33:47 pm »
Degregdation of 'literally' 😂

Literally.
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