19 thoughts on “Atlantic Autumn

  1. Beautiful! I love this photo, John. The dark low clouds and the fury of the water heralding the season of storms. The light from the sky reflecting off the turbulent water is striking. I have been collecting wave height data from the NOAA forecast models for the North Atlantic for the last couple of years, watching it change through the seasons. Nice to see it from your perspective.

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    1. Thanks for commenting. That is so interesting that you’re collecting wave height data over a period of years (especially when you’re not able to observe the North Atlantic from where you live). I took the photograph this past Friday around 2pm just past high tide (1:56pm). The beach is beginning to get that angled slope typical of winter, and eventually there will be scarps along the beach which are up to 4′ high. I’d be surprised if the changing shape of our October beach didn’t relate to that data you’re collecting.

      By the way, I very much liked your brooding closeup of a wave, “A Surface Disturbed” taken at Lake Erie last week. It actually crossed my mind while I was shooting at the ocean the other day.

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      1. Thanks, John. As I told someone, I envy those of you who have access to the oceans.

        My interest in Atlantic Ocean waves is related to low frequency seismic noise (in the data sense not acoustical) that I observe here in Ohio. The maps I make show a small storm going up the east coast on the Friday you reference and was located offshore to the east and southeast of your area at the time you took the photograph. They indicated significant wave heights of around 4 meters, offshore in open water. It’s interesting; I look at this data every evening.

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        1. My data is very coarse both in space and time. The model updates every six hours but it so happens that 2pm EDT is 18hrs Universal Time…right on the update schedule.

          During the previous 18 hours the storm moved along the coast from the Carolinas to the New York/Connecticut area. Then it appears to have turned eastward paralleling Long Island and then leaving the coastline before dissipating in the next couple of model updates. But I’m only looking at the wave heights as a proxy for the storm; the storm probably continued on its original northeasterly course going inland over Connecticut. The wave distribution could still appear to move east and dissipate in my data and, hopefully, by observation.

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        2. Very interesting, revisiting the afternoon from the perspective of your data. 40 years ago when I was working as a ranger on Fire Island, I had a roommate from England who was a dune geomorphologist. He was studying the seasonal changes to beach formation, but I think some of his data must’ve included wave height data.

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        3. I would think too that it would have although obtained using some different technology, possibly a direct local measurement.

          It has been very interesting to me to go back and look at my charts from the perspective of your photograph because I often wonder how the data actually manifests itself along the coast.

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