January 13 storm arrives: Blustery, damp, cold, as ocean again washes over land

Sat, 01/13/2024 - 12:30pm

    High tide at 11:52 a.m, in Camden arrived Jan,13, and as anticipated, the seawater swept over the Public Landing, but with less intensity than it had carried just three days ago, with the Jan. 10 storm.

    In Thomaston, a similar scenario was playing out, as it was in harbors up and down the Midcoast.

    Webcams up and down the coast were heavily watched, as waves rode over the Rockland Breakwater, breaking with winds out of the south, southeast. Likewise, the webcam over the Camden Yacht Club showed waves reaching over the parking lot.

    A Penobscot Bay buoy off of Owls Head was reading 9.5 feet at high tide, Jan. 13.  At 10 a.m., Jan 10, the buoy off of Owls Head recorded wave heights of 21.85 feet. The buoy, is maintained by the Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS). 

    By evening, the National Weather Service in Gray had issued a marine forecast:

    Now that the storm force winds have subsided, Gale conditions are expected to continue across the waters through tonight and Sunday and possibly Sunday night as well, especially across the outer waters. Wind gusts across the bays are generally expected to be around 30 kt but can`t rule out a few low-end gale force gusts, especially into this evening for Penobscot Bay and possibly again during the day Sunday. Direction will be S/SSW into early this evening, WSW/SW the rest of this evening into Sunday, and then westerly by Sunday night.

    National Weather Service wind reports for Jan. 13:

    ...Knox County...
    3 SE Criehaven       69 MPH    1000 AM 01/13   NDBC                 
    Isle au Haut         55 MPH    0925 AM 01/13   CWOP                 
    Rockland             49 MPH    0906 AM 01/13   AWOS                 
    1 NNE Vinalhaven     32 MPH    1039 AM 01/13   AWOS  

    ...Waldo County...
    Belmont                      49 MPH    1100 AM 01/13   CWOP                 
    Belfast                      49 MPH    1105 AM 01/13   CWOP                 
    1 SSW Belfast                36 MPH    1104 AM 01/13   AWOS                 
    Lincolnville                 32 MPH    0439 AM 01/13   CWOP