Routine servicing of gear at the West Island Weather Station tower in Fairhaven,MA occurs year round, weather permitting. MLBaron is belted up on tower. Inspection of tower structure, wiring and instruments keeps the SkyWarn rig fine tuned. Since 1992 the WIWS tower has been though historic and significant storms including the March 1993 "Super-Storm" (one of the most powerful winter storms along the Eastern seaboard since records were kept) along with numerous blizzards, thunderstorms, hailstorms and a few powerful tropical storms. The tower nicknamed "Dorothy" was erected by Peter Jarosik-KA1WBE. The West Island Weather Station is one of the highest rated American PWS Weather Stations in the world.
http://westislandweather.com/ West Island Weather Station SkyCam array: 2 Cams unobstructed-all gear operational-but still encrusted with snow and ice. Tower has electrical power intact to masthead lights. Weather flag halyards frozen-can't liberate flags yet. Davis Solar panel snow/ice covered. **KEEP CLEAR** DEBRIS AND ICE FALLING FROM TOWER ** NO VISITORS ** Transmitter briefly intermittent during storm. WeatherLink IP Frozen anemometer. http://www.westislandweather.com Snow data compiled by K1CI Tiverton 8.2 Falmouth 5.5 New Bedford 7.0 Vineyard Haven 5.0 Fairhaven 7.6 Acushnet 8.0 Falmouth 7.0 Buzzards Bay 9.0 WEST ISLAND 4.7 Acushnet 9.3 New Bedford 7.5 New Bedford 8.0 Fairhaven: 9.2" (liquid: 0.97") Eastham: 6.5" W.Tisbury: 5.0" S.Plymouth: 10.0" E.Falmouth: 8.0" Wellfleet: 4.0" S.Sagamore: 4.5" Vineyard Haven: 6.0" S.Hyannis: 6.0" (LIQUID: 0.94")
This Nova Scotia style lobster boat lies beached in the soft sand south of the West Island Causeway. Strong southerly winds over 26 knots (Oct 13, 2009) caused the vessel to drift to the soft sanded beach This clip also shows the inside of the wheelhouse and gear in the waist. High tide at 430 this afternoon with northwesterly winds may be a good time to try to free it. The vessel ran aground before the high southerly winds arrived. Apparently the Nova Scotia style lobster boat 's mooring chain became dislodged., and had nothing to do with the strong winds! This is the famous lobster boat on YouTube from the December 12, 2008 storm! http://www.westislandweather.com/apps/videos/videos/view/1510067-west-island-lobster-boat-in-storm NOW...AT 11 AM...SHOWERS LIKELY. TEMPERATURE AROUND 53. NORTHWEST WINDS 5 TO 10 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH. AT 1 PM...SHOWERS LIKELY. TEMPERATURE AROUND 55. NORTHWEST WINDS 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH. AT 3 PM...MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF SHOWERS. TEMPERATURE AROUND 55. WEST WINDS AROUND 15 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH.
The West Island Weather Station is preparing for a major snow storm event. The tower, nicknamed "Dorothy" is 50 feet tall with a 16ft Diamond Dual Band on top. Other gear includes 6 weather stations and various other equipment. The West Island Weather Station Tower was built in June of 1992. See what happens with weather at West Island near Cape Cod,MA with live streaming video and weather, visit: http://www.westislandweather.com
Gale Warning flags fly at the West Island Weather Station Tower,(nicknamed "Dorothy") Fairhaven,MA. The "battle flags" are up in preparation for a potential major storm event for SouthCoast Massachusetts and New England.
http://westislandweather.com/ Motorists maneuver through the large clumps of seaweed deposited on the West Island Causeway from the December 12,2008 coastal storm. Braving the causeway with waves and sea spray crashing over may be exciting but it is devastating to a vehicles under carriage and body. One trip like this can add years (lots of years) to a vehicles wear and tear., along with electrical problems. (TIP: Don't buy a used car from West Island!)The causeway is only 3 feet above sea level., so when southerly gales approach with a full moon tide the causeway can become briefly impassible. However a potent hurricane can take it out significantly. For more details on this storm and live weather updates visit http://www.westislandweather.com
The bow of this small lobster skiff is all that remains above water. Debris inside the hull probably is keeping it afloat. It is munknown what kind of damage it sustained from being battered against the causeway rocks. It will have to be taken out of the water and assessed to see it it's salvageable. (It was later refloated and tied up at Hoppy's Landing)
The December 12 storm brought high winds and surf. The full moon tide brought waves crashing over the Causeway (only 3 feet above sea-level)the morning of December 12 at 745AM. One small vessel is sunk to the right of the boat still afloat (it was saved and brought to Hoppy's Landing nearby)-the bow can be seen bobbing up and down to the right of the power boat banging against the rocks. Video by Mark L. Baron Jr.
This rig is a GMC Mountain/Trail bike with heavy duty suspension w/21 speeds. It has all Topeak cargo gear which includes a front handle bar bag, portable cell-phone pouch, and a slide-off rear pack. There are front and rear rack mounts, tire pump & gauge, portable Kestrel weather station, 2 on board cameras (Vado units),and a Garmin GPS receiver. Other features include: a high powered lighting system with hi-lo rechargeable dual headlights, and 2 rear programmable red strobe lights for the road. One of my favorites is the self sealing tire tubes (about 5 bucks each from Wal-Mart)and they work great! Also included is a Hikers First-Aid kit, 4 1-liter water bottles, 2 heavy duty locks, wireless speedometer, bike tool kit. The bike is powered by a vintage 1957 motor: ME. (with 8" Chippewa Steel Toe Loggers) I usually try to ride at least 100 miles a week to stay in shape hauling this rig around. I keep tire pressure at 40lbs and have added weight in cargo bags. It's harder to pedal around, but I consider this "reserve" energy. When I increase tire pressure to 60lbs and lighten the load my endurance is longer and faster if need be. After a good run, nothing tastes better than a nice high calorie Fried Clam Plate at Gene's Lobster Shack in Fairhaven.