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Wednesday, December 10, 2014: What a difference a wind shift makes. Yesterday’s wild wet-out, similar to a white out but wetter -- has petered out in the face of brisk westerlies. The hard offshores knocked the surf down to one/tenth of what it had been yesterday; a remarkable drop.
While there are still wet spots along the Boulevard – and a few barrel-marked right lane closures – it’s astounding the difference a day makes. LBI life is back to damn-near normal. The guy driving the county street sweeper looked whipped – and the trucks that get the offloaded sweepings were zipping around at a goodly clip. You know how places in the snow belt are impressively efficient quickly cleaning up after snows? They likely think the same about how amazingly well we clean up after flooding.
I drove the beach, mid-Island southward, and already some of the overwash damage from yesterday is self-repairing, though some areas took a beating that’ll require public works help. However, overall, it’s sorta amazing how well many stretches of beach fared, due in large part to wide beaches prior to the storm. It is sometimes forgotten that a big aspect of replenishment is the extra sand it adds to the system, allow enough sand to quickly recover after a blow. That recovery is just what’s happening.
Not so speedy in self-repairing is Holgate. Below are two videos, one of the fix-up being done to the ramp by LBT PW and the other my short drive on right after ramp repairs were done.
You’ll hear me mention in the drive-on video that I now see the worst washover area being only 1,000 feet in, not far from where the old Beach Have Inlet broke through back in the day. At about 1,500 feet, the bay and ocean are just about eye-to-eye. While the same set-up can be seen more graphically down at 5,000 and 7,000 feet, the 1000-foot washover has nothing but bay showing on the bayside. What I mean by that is there are no sedges, or even meadow grasses, between sea and bay. It a straight sand shot twixt the two waters. This entire winter the insidious bite-down from near-constant west wind waves will chew away at what little solid material is attaching the Holgate refuge from LBI proper. That slow-but-sure erosion is similar to the bayside eat-away of Mordecai Island off Beach Haven. The eating away of Mordecai is from an insidious, winter-long west-wind wave action.
That said, we’re closing in on word of which end of LBI will see the start of the “big fix.” I’d like to push the “south first” point with Great Lakes but I sure don’t want to get on their bad said. I picture coming home one day to find a 40-foot mound of sand where my house had been.
Ramp repair video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YtavnF74G0&feature=youtu.be
Drive on video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1BUl-MUjCI&feature=youtu.be
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Hill] Opinion - Dec 10, 2014