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Monday, May 12, 2008

A Week of Easterlies

With a low tracking south and east of us and causing all sorts of havoc on the Delaware Coast (flooding, evacuations, etc.), Maine is set for a week or more of winds from the north and east, mostly from the east. This is a pattern many pre-season yachtsman tend to ignore. Everyone knows a week of wind can build a pretty destructive sea. But what a lot people don't know is that it doesn't have to be a lot of wind or a big sea to be destructive. Up here, in the mid-coast area, when we get a week or more of northeast wind, it sets up these perfectly spaced seas of equal height that have a harmonic quality to them. Harmonic, repetitive motion can do more damage than random motion. So keep an eye on moorings, docks, etc. this week. We might be in for a hell of a ride.

PS. After looking at an updated forecast, I have to add that the winds aren't looking as interesting as originally predicted, in strength and direction. It flunked-out today at about noon, which gave the sea a chance to calm down. Maybe this one isn't the northeast ride I was looking for.


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