Thursday, September 25, 2014

Top this!

We had 4 shifts left in September beginning Wednesday with another "top shift" (9:45 am to 1 pm).  Prior to the start of our morning shift  the winds out at the Cape were being clocked at 20-30 mph, so it was an easy decision to drive the car as opposed to walking.  Both TLE and I got weather alerts on our phones warning of "high seas", and we were not disappointed.

The winds out of the southeast were steady at 26-31 mph for our 3 hour shift, and I spent a lot of time outside watching the large waves pound the shore north of the Cape engulfing many of the quite large I looked south I could see a wind driven mist rising from thundering surf below, billowing up, and over the bluffs........thankfully, the rain did not return, and it was actually not that cold.

We were all a little surprised at how much visitor traffic we had, reaching 104 visitors by the end of our shift at 1 pm, however, I understand things slowed down quite a bit as the winds picked up......below is a copy of the read out from the Cape Blanco anemometer for the hours of 1 pm to 4pm after we departed:

23 Sep 4:00 pm PDTSE38
23 Sep 3:45 pm PDTSE37G45
23 Sep 3:30 pm PDTSE36G41
23 Sep 3:15 pm PDTSE38
23 Sep 3:00 pm PDTSE38G44
23 Sep 2:45 pm PDTSE37G44
23 Sep 2:30 pm PDTSSE32G41
23 Sep 2:15 pm PDTSSE26
23 Sep 2:00 pm PDTSSE24G30
23 Sep 1:45 pm PDTSSE26G32
23 Sep 1:30 pm PDTSE23G29
23 Sep 1:15 pm PDTSE29
23 Sep 1:00 pm PDTSE33

You can see that the winds are returning to their norm of 30-40 mph as we finish the last week in September.  If you are interested in checking in on our wind conditions from time to time just click on this NOAA link.

The rest of the afternoon was rather uneventful, and we spent most of that time reading, and napping (yes, even TLE took a nap!).  

We watched the season premier of "Survivor", and the next episode of "Hell's Kitchen" before calling it "another great day".  Sometime around 10:17 pm my L.A. Dodgers clinched their second divisional title by thumping the San Francisco Giants 9-1.  The first round of the playoffs begin a week from this Friday, on my birthday, October 3rd.

Thanks for stopping by!

P.S. - A big thank you to Mike, Wil, Glenn and Jeanne who replied to my question about favorite Western authors....I have already followed up on the Elmore Leonard recommendation!

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