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 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.

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.