The energy of our last nor'easter as it passed to the north spun strong westerly gales in its wake,
flattening waves and sending sea spray flying.
by Ellen Rice
You never know what to expect when a nor'easter blows along the Mid-Atlantic. During the first week of March 2018, meteorologists started predicting a series of three back-to-back nor'easters. Thankfully, their predictions didn't come to pass. The last of the three storms fizzled before it got here. The other two packed a punch but not nearly as badly as some in the past.
Nor'easters cause more damage than hurricanes along the Delaware coast, especially the ones that hang around for awhile, or worse, when they come in back to back.
The entire coast of Delaware and Maryland was altered by what has been called the storm of a century, The Storm of '62, when two March nor'easters came in back to back and took out houses, boardwalks, businesses and almost took out a 200-year-old Life-Saving Station.
Dunes were flattened from the southern tip of Ocean City, Maryland, to the tip of the Delaware coast in Lewes, Delaware. New inlets were formed, some were moved, dunes were flattened and the storm is still talked about to this day, more than 50 years later.
Thankfully, the back-to-back nor'easters that came this spring passed us quickly. The worst winds came on the backside or trailing edge of the storm ~ but they actually held waves back from damaging the coast!
You could see 30-footers breaking a mile off the coast, but what were breaking onshore, like the wave in this painting, were relatively small.
I love the energy of a good storm and hope you feel it, too, in Nor’easter Blowing.
Note: You can see this painting in progress on my Paintings in Progress page. ~ Ellen