Sunday, May 7, 2023

Angry Ocean


Arriving at the beach near low tide
Jupiter Island, FL
May 6, 2023
In the aftermath of Cinco de Mayo and the coronation, I managed an 18.2 mile bike ride which ended in a driving rainstorm. It was not my first time getting soaked while riding, but I find that I enjoy the experience less and less. It is awful to arrive home with water dripping off. And the breeze makes it feel cold! Yes, even at 82 degrees the movement of the bike with the wind made me cold! Ugh!

Later on the Beach
Jupiter Island, FL
May 6, 2023
As the very localized storms passed through, Chris and I noticed a break and took a walk on the beach. As we arrived, the day was pleasant, but the ocean was rough from all of the passing storms. There was a goodly amount of sargassum on the beach, but still not the mountains of sea grass that had been predicted, although a lot more could be seen heading for the beach in the waves.

We were not on the beach very long before we noticed that the white broken clouds had given way to dark and foreboding ones. The clouds at this time were not just over the ocean, but they were behind us over the land. We were surrounded and some of the clouds seriously looked like rain clouds. In the image to the left, the clouds behind the one at the center top appear to be raining. Fortunately, we did not see lightening or hear thunder. 

Out of an "abundance" of caution, we departed the beach and returned home. We had only been walking on the beach for about 30 minutes, but it was clearly time to leave. 

We headed home and arrived without incident.

All-in-all, another great South Florida day. 

-- Bob Doan, Tequesta, FL

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