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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Wind chill

The quest continues to capture an image of the strong winds that drive upwelling.  These photos were taken on 6 March 2012 with the wind blowing from the northwest at 2530 mph with higher gusts.  Northwest swell was ~15 ft.

It was hard to stand still while taking these pictures — the wind was intense and kept knocking me off balance.  And my hands were so cold they hurt!  I don't often feel like I need to wear gloves in Bodega Bay, but today was one of those days.  The offshore buoy was reporting an air temperature of 37°F with wind chill.  Sea water temperature was 9.5°C and dropping.  Although it's not visible in the photos, the spray at the top of breaking waves was blowing horizontally.

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