Beach Ice and Sea Salt

By , March 16, 2011

Michelle just pulled up local weather statistics, and learned that February’s temperatures were well below normal. We’ve been below freezing for the last four weeks, except for a few peaks of 34°. These are Haines temperatures, ours were probably a bit warmer. Even so, it’s been a long time since we’ve felt a warm breeze.

I ventured down to the beach yesterday. There’s still a lot of sea spray ice down there. I’d been reluctant to climb on the rocks because of all the frost, but once I explored it, I discovered that it’s not frost at all, but sea salt. In places it looks like everything has been sprayed with flour.

Sea spray ice on the homestead beach. You can see a bit of the salt on the rocks in the far left. (Photo: Mark Zeiger.)

I couldn’t find a perspective marker for this shot, but those nodules are several feet across.

We’ve warmed up a lot overnight. We’re around 31° this morning, and the forecast’s calling for rain by the afternoon. We’re also supposed to get a south wind for a day or so soon. It’s going to be messy, but maybe some of the ice on the trail and yard will melt away, and we’ll have better footing. Hope for the best!

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