Still, there was the potential for some excellent storm surge over on the coast so Jamie and I decided to venture over to Point Judith in Rhode Island to try to get some pictures of the ocean. Or should I say that I decided to head over to Rhode Island and when I proposed the idea to Jamie, she decided that it sounded like a better way to spend the day then cooped up in the house!
As we made our way over to Narragansett via Route 138, the rain couldn't seem to make up its mind as it would be coming down so hard one moment that you could barely see the road in front of you and the next moment, there was nary a drop. At least the forecasters had gotten the "patchy rain" part of the forecast correct!
When we got over to Point Judith it was apparent that we weren't the only ones that had decided to take a ride out to look at the surf as there was barely a place to park and the outlook next to the Coast Guard Station was packed with people doing exactly what we were doing.
As you can see, the lighting was - of course - absolutely horrible so none of the pictures that I got of the 7 to 10 foot waves really came out all that well at all but I guess we were fortunate that it didn't start pouring down more rain before I managed to get the few lousy shots that I did.
Normally any time I've been out at Point Judith there are quite a few surfers in the water but yesterday there was only
fool brave soul who was out there trying to take advantage of the big water. There were quite a few others milling around in the parking lot with their surf suits on and boards still in their vehicles so perhaps they were still trying to decide whether it was worth it to go out in the rougher water or not.
|This photo was actually taken by Jamie while I took some video with my iPhone - nice job!|
So ... even though the pictures didn't come out all that well and even though the big storm was pretty much a bust by most people's standards it still wasn't a wasted trip out to Rhode Island because just up the road from Point Judith is a place where you can get some of the best clamcakes, chowdah, and doughboys around ...
Trust me, a trip to Iggy's is worth the drive in any weather and fortunately the cries of "the sky is falling, the sky is falling!" from the local weathermen weren't enough for them to close for the day. Had that been the case, I really would have been disappointed!
Just as a note, I do want to say that I am very glad that Hurricane Earl was not the storm that it could have been as Class 4 hurricanes are nothing to sneeze at and New England has seen more than enough damage in the past from storms that have hit us. However, I just don't understand all of the overkill by forecasters and local officials with their predictions. You would think with all of their fancy-dancy Doppler equipment and such that they could be a bit more accurate. I fear that if they continue to "cry wolf" too often, there is eventually going to come a time when people are so used to forecasters being wrong and going about their daily business that it's going to be really, really bad when a major storm really does hit.