Hurricane warning flags fly at old life-saving station

Arriving at Gooseberry about 6:15 am this was what first caught my eye!

Such signal  flags were once standard fare – these denoting an approaching hurricane – but the Weather Service stopped using them in 1989. Then in 2007 the Coast Guard brought them back. I doubt these are official, but  they add an air of authenticity to the  recently restored Life Saving Station that stands near the entrance to the Gooseberry  causeway.  And the Westport Fishermen’s Association, which restored the lifesaving station, isn’t taking any chances. They have it boarded up already with Hurricane Irene still 1,000 miles away!

Wonder how long it will take them to close the campground. Looked like business as usual this morning as campers lined the beach.

Horseneck Campground - click image for larger view.

And what about all those new homes and semi-permanent trailers on East beach?

Homes and trailers along East beach - click image for larger view.

Meanwhile, slow rollers – perhaps started by Irene – were beginning to crash against the causeway and splash across it. I imagine the surfers will be down here tomorrow.

Meanwhile, on the bay side, this little sandpiper (least?) kept flitting from rock to rock.Click image for larger view.”]

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And out at the parking lot life seemed quite normal for this Goldfinch feeding on the wild aster seed.

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And this lbj – I really have to learn how identify these guys – was chomping on some berries (What kind? Another thing I have to learn) out near the towers.

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Back at the parling lot another, very similar lbj left me guessing.

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But I’m pretty sure this is a Least Sandpiper because of the greenish – as opposed to black – legs. . . maybe.

Least Sandpiper? Click image for larger view.

In any event, I’ll check again tomorrow – and Sunday –  hope everyone finds a nice, secure place to sit out Irene’s visit.

What color is Irene?

Things like Hurricanes are good reminders of how little we understand complex systems where all elements of the system are constantly changing at once. Irene is only a few days journey away – and in this instance there really is quite a bit of agreement among the experts – but  the computer models they generate still have it spread out so much that it’s actual impact on us is still anyone’s guess.

 You’ll notice the Purple model goes right over us. The Red one is the biggest threat actually because it  has the eye pass just to the west of us, so we get the very strong winds of the northeast quadrant. The other models turn it into basically a tropical storm for us – very windy and a lot of rain and probably  some significant power losses because the ground is so soggy a lot of trees will come down, but all in all, a “blustery day,” Pooh fashion. So place your bets! Pick a color!

I would say meteorologist and economist have a lot in common, don’t you think?.

Both make educated guesses about a complex system whose behavior can still defy the best of them. The main difference is, economists have the added hazard of harping politicians who either agree with them strongly and insist only the chosen model works – or disagree just as vehemently insisting some other model works – when the truth is, as with Irene, no one really knows. Hmmm… but with Irene we are pretty darned sure it will go northwards – I only recall one hurricane in the past century that actually did a loop, heading south part of the time – with the economy we have folks swearing they have the one true answer, yet marching in any direction, no direction, or all directions at once  – this is why I retreat to the stars, butterflies and/or birds 😉

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2 Responses to Hurricane warning flags fly at old life-saving station

  1. Michelle Lavigne says:

    I absolutely love this fb page. My mind was just wandering to thoughts of this very spot. I’m living a couple of hours away from there now but if I were in my hometown this morning our paths would have crossed. Keep it coming and thank you so much. It s so good to see home.

  2. heather says:

    greg, thank you for this. stunning photos and wonderful commentary/reflection.

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