Week of Nov 5th, 2017

Weekly Temperature
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Nov 5 Nov 6 Nov 7 Nov 8 Nov 9 Nov 10 Nov 11
High 14 6 8 8 8 -2 0
Low 4 4 2 2 -2 -8 -11

This week we got our first significant snowfall of the season. There were several days with strong Northwest winds that made the daily walk pretty chilly.  In just a few days, there was some serious erosion to parts of the beach shown in the pictures below. Gordon Lightfoot had it right about the windows of November.

The first part of the week was quite pleasant. A warm 14 degrees on Sunday.

Monday, November 6th, 2017. Beach drive is looking lonely this time of year. Taken looking east across the main part of Beach One.  I hadn’t noticed until now, but the flags have been removed from the light posts.
Tuesday, November 7th, 2017 – I usually enter the beach at 18th street near  Bungalows on the Beach. This picture was taken from a different perspective looking east from atop a sand dune. Wonderful spot and full of life in the summer. Quiet in November.
Tuesday, November 7th, 2017 – This picture shows new erosion from high waves over the past few days. The waves are creating hollows undermining the grass.

A few weeks ago, a boat was offshore and I had no idea what it was. Terry Dubois of Wasaga Beach sent a note pointing out that the boat is called the “Last Time”, a commercial fishing tug out of Goderich, Ontario.

I was not previously aware of boatnerd.com, but apparently, just like people like bird watching, there is a whole community into boat watching – you can look up boats sailing the great lakes at http://boatnerd.com.

With Terry’s guidance, I found additional pictures of Last Time, the boat off beach 4 at http://www.boatnerd.com/pictures/fishtugs/Default.htm.

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 – Our friend “Last Time” from a few weeks ago is back. I guess the fishing must be pretty good in the Nottawasaga Bay.
Last Time docked in Goderich, Ontario. Photo courtesy of boatnerd.com.

I think we’ve all heard the old adage “Red sun at night, sailors delight. Red sun in morning, sailors take warning.”  I took the picture below around 7:00 AM on Thursday morning looking out across our backyard. There’s some science behind this saying:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_sky_at_morning

I’m thinking there must have been a lot of scared sailors running around Southern Ontario Thursday. The weather certainly turned nasty.

Thursday, November 9th, 2017. Looking out at the sunrise from our backyard. A red sky signaling nasty weather coming.
Friday, November 10th, 2017 – looking across the bay. It is too windy for the water to freeze, but walking on the shore was treacherous with a veneer of ice covering the sand.
November, 10th, 2017 – the storm winds caused high waves and further erosion. Much calmer now, but you can see where the waves removed a lot off the grass at the top of the beach.
Friday, November 10th, 2017 – more erosion from the waves near beach 2 above.
Friday, November 10th, 2017 – the spray from the waves caused by the overnight storm still frozen on the grass.
Taken Saturday, November 11th – according to the Weather Network it was -8 Celsius. It felt warm with sun shining and south winds. Normally I see ducks and seagulls – today was all about Canada Geese.
Saturday, November 11th, 2017 – Looking toward the cabins near 13th street across frozen grass.
Saturday, November 11th, 2017 – This is where swimmers clean their feet from the beach before heading up on the boardwalk. Looking a little chilly this morning.
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