|Webb Cove fog|
- Lobster Boats
- Paddle Bloggers and Buddies
- The Stonington Cat (This one was published while I was in Stonington and is one of my favorites.)
The Maine Lobster Council has an excellent website for more information on just how big the lobster industry is, how it operates, when the harvest season is, and much more.
And guess what. You can wait for hours for the fog to clear and when it does, you think it's gone.
Fog forecasting is tricky. Fog is a pain. Fog can be beautiful, depending on your perspective. I prefer being on the mainland when it rolls in.
I don't usually pay attention to the dewpoint. I normally look up the air and water temperature of places I paddle and wonder why I should care about the dewpoint.
Fog is likely when the surface air temperature and dewpoint are equal or within a degree and the air becomes saturated. There are other factors too. OK. Now I get it. Now I care, and I'll pay more attention to it.
Here's one of my favorite Web resources
Rod n Reel: Tides, Currents, and Weather Reports for the United States. This site takes NOAA spreadsheet data and illustrates it with easy to read and scan graphics all on one page. I like that! It also includes the air temperature, water temperature (It's in the 60's in Maine in August! That's cold.), and the dewpoint.
But here's the NOAA Tide Predictions for Deer Isle-Stonington if you'd like to compare and see how much harder you'll have to work to gather all the data you need to make decisions on paddling conditions for your day paddle or longer trip!
Maine lobster boats head out in all kinds of weather - good, bad, and windy!
On this particular morning, we only heard four, instead of the usual 19 or more. So we poked our heads out of the overly-damp-with-morning-ocean-dew Eureka Bon Echo Air tent to see what was up. "Uh, oh!"
Other kayakers were waiting for the fog to clear before heading out . . . or see if it would clear.
I decided to sit it out in the Webb Cove outdoor Internet Cafe at Old Quarry Ocean Adventures up on the exposed second floor, unwisely . . . thinking I was enjoying the beautiful misty views.
Old Quarry Ocean Adventures has an awesome boat! The Nigh Duck.
I found it one of the most beautiful boats on the water while there, both in clear and foggy conditions. And it was comforting to know it was nearby. It has state of the art navigation equipment.
|Old Quarry Nigh Duck|
|Old Quarry Nigh Duck|
I hope you don't get caught in it.
|Here's what you look like in good weather. Can you find three kayaks . . . easily?|