December Storm 12/18/02
page contains three photo panels that were taken during the big 12/18
storm, the day after, and a week after.
you see a few pictures of the most recent storm, followed by others that
I took the day after at The Cove. The first three are not as sharp as
I'd like, because I had to take them through the windshield on my car
between wiper swipes. If I had tried to take my camera outside, the rain
would have ruined it.
Cove is usually a dry enclosed sandy beach that is protected by steep
20' walls. As you can see in the pictures, the cove was totally flooded,
and the surf was breaking nearly at the top of the steps carved in the
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pictures below were shot the day after the storm. They show what washed
up on Seabright Beach. Seabright is usually pristine, but gets ugly after
the photo shoot a month ago, I mentioned that much damage on the coast
is caused more by floating logs and trees. Logs and entire trees flow
down through creeks and the San Lorenzo river, and get violently slammed
back by the surf.
a look at the next pictures and you'll see the amount of logs and trees
that washed out to sea and got washed back. Note how far ashore the logs
came. You can see how big the stuff is by comparing it with the tiny people
in the pictures. Pacific storms are something else.
final six pictures on this page came a week after the storm. They show
Twin Lakes Beach on an exceptionally clear day. The hills across the bay
are the Montery area, about 30 miles as the crow flies. On one shot, you
can actually make out the power plant at Moss landing.
streetcar pilings show how much sand was washed out during the storm.
In the summer they are buried beneath the sand, and on a typical winter
six inches or so will stick out. This year, more than five feet of pilings
are exposed due to uncommonly powerful storms.