Week of November 24th, 2019

Weekly Temperature
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Nov 24 Nov 25 Nov 26 Nov 27 Nov 28 Nov 29 Nov 30
High 8.7 12.1 10.2 7.5 5.4 0 2.1
Low -3.8 -0.9 -1.3 1.5 -3.0 -3.7 -6.8

As friends know, it’s been surprisingly difficult to get accurate weather data for the table above. I’m often posting pictures a week or two after the fact, and need historical weather data. Weather Underground is a great initiative for crowd sourcing weather data. I’ve been considering setting up a station myself, but I’m grateful to the operator(s) of “IWASAGAB2” near Glen-Dale Community Park at Wasaga Beach. This is the closest site to my daily beach walks and this is my new “go to” site for weather history.

Sunday, November 24th, 2019 – I was upwind, and managed to sneak up on a fox today. I expect he/she was a little familiar with people already or would have bolted more quickly.
Sunday, November 24th, 2019 – Taken near the 13th street beach exit looking northwest across Nottawasaga Beach.
Tuesday, November 26th, 2019 – I keep going on about the damage from high water I know. This picture shows the power of November storms. I can’t budge most of these rocks that previously formed a breakwater along this awesome property east of 18th street. The damage is enormous. Heavy equipment is required to fix this. If waves can do this much damage, I hate to think how damaging the ice break-up will be in the Spring. I think the smart money is sucking up the damage and planning to re-assess during summer 2020,
Thursday, November 28th, 2019 – Looking WNW across the bay to the Blue Mountains.


Week of November 17th, 2019

Weekly Temperature
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Nov 17 Nov 18 Nov 19 Nov 20 Nov 21 Nov 22 Nov 23
High 1.3 2.1 4.0 7.1 7.0 7.9 3.1
Low -9.8 -1.9 0.4 -0.1 -1.8 -1.7 -4.2

I think that this week shows that protecting beach drive from high water is a losing cause. Better to focus on protecting the businesses along the beach.

Sunday, November 17th, 2019 – Looking west across Nottawasaga Bay. The beach is frozen solid, but the water is still too warm to freeze except along the shore.
Sunday, November 17th, 2019 – This picture doesn’t do the scene justice – there were Canada Geese as far as the eye could see today near beach 2.
Sunday, November 17th, 2019 – I’ve posted pictures of beach one earlier. Shocking to see how the beach has overtaken the road with record high water on Georgian Bay.
Sunday, November 17th, 2019 – Good thing the business owners along Beach Drive had the foresight to install sand bags. During a few Fall storms, the waves clearly got right up against the shops.
Sunday, November 17th, 2019 – I took a second walk in the evening – the water in a low area of the beach is gone leaving frozen ice – looking NE from east of Beach One.
Monday, November 18th, 2019 – A rainy day. I was soaked by the time I got back to my truck.
Tuesday, November 19th, 2019 – Beach One looking east. The waves have made a mess of Beach Drive. very sad.
Thursday, November 21st, 2019 – Looking east across Wasaga Beach near 13th street.
Thursday, November 21st, 2019 – it was slightly above freezing and this brave soul was in the water at Beach One. Apparently looking for something.
Friday, November 22nd, 2019 – A windy day – looking west towards the Blue Mountains from Wasaga Beach
Friday, November 22nd, 2019 – The combination of high water and strong winds has make the beach tough to walk across. I made it but got a soaker just east of this spot.
Friday, November 22nd, 2019 – This is the highest I’ve seen the waves reach during my daily walks – this is normally one of the widest sections of the beach west of 13th street and today the waves were reaching all the way to the breakwaters. (During overnight storms, the waves have been higher as evidenced by all the damage long the shore this year)
Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 – A bright sunny day for a change – looking east across a newly refurbished section of boardwalk on my way to Beach one.


Week of November 10th, 2019

Weekly Temperature
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Nov 10 Nov 11 Nov 12 Nov 13 Nov 14 Nov 15 Nov 16
High 4.9 -2.9 -6.0 -5.7 -0.3 2.1 -4.4
Low -2.9 -7.7 -12.4 -21.9 -5.8 -8.3 -15.3

The temperatures turned cold early November and we have snow squalls. We got our leaves picked up just in time.

Monday, November 11th, 2019 – taken near 13th street looking east with steady lake effect snow.
Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 – slush piling up along the shore. While the air is cold, the water is still too warm to freeze.
Tuesday, November 12th, 2019 – We’ve had snow squall warnings all week.
Wednesday, November 13th, 2019 – you can tell that the waves were higher overnight because of the frozen beach and ice caked on the vegetation.
Saturday, November 16th, 2019 – this is new in the last week. High wind and waves have “sheared off” a ~20-30 feet of sand dune leaving a vertical wall at the high extend of the waves. This happened literally overnight.