Southwest In A Northeaster. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl
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A fall northeaster is not uncommon. A bombogenesis northeaster in the fall is something to write home about. Unless this is your home, in which case, one is hunkering down as the wind blows.
A northeaster is a type of storm that most Rhode Islanders understand. We live our lives in a combination of panic and ennui about northeasters. We don't exactly like them and we run out to the grocery store, but we know that it is part of life here. At times, we even head to the beach (East Matunuck State Beach is in view).
Bombogenesis is something else. It is a mid-latitude cyclone that rapidly intensifies. The storm will drop at least 24 millibars over 24 hours. That means that it is a pretty strong storm. See more about these storms at the National Ocean Service website here: What is bombogenesis? (noaa.gov)
As we approach the shore, our backs to the wind lest we become sandblasted, we observe the results. Spray blows off of the top of the rolling waves. Waves cannot finish rolling off the shore before a new one starts to break. The undertow becomes immediately plain. The sky is ominous as the wind pours out. Yet, the sun tries to assert itself in the hope of light. And it is all power and glory as the northeast wind pushes into the southwest.
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