Winter flood

A rainstorm quickly brought the Esopus Creek to flood-stage. The frozen ground could not soak up the rain, so it swelled the creeks. The weather system also brought a storm surge up the Hudson River. Flood water + storm surge = stranded at the lighthouse. The water

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New ice

Overnight temperatures in the single digits. A sheen of new ice coated the navigation channel. The first barge of the day pushed through the thin layer, breaking and churning ice under its bow as it went. I heard the barge as it approached, crunching through the ice.

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Ice Season

Around 7:30 AM, the Coast Guard cutter Wire got underway for daily ice breaking operations. The Wire is a 65-foot, 500-horsepower ice breaking tug that is capable of breaking through 18-inch thick ice. This section of river is mostly drifting brash ice, which are chunks of broken

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Coast Guard Icebreaking Tug

This 140-foot Bay-class Cutter operates as an icebreaking tug. Today, it passed by the lighthouse while steaming down the Hudson River, breaking up ice in the commercial navigation channel. Coast Guard ice-breaking operations are vital for keeping the river channel open for fuel barges delivering heating oil

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New Year's midnight log entry

It is customary in the maritime services (Coast Guard and Navy) to write a rhyming entry in the logbook for midnight on New Year’s Eve instead of the usual matter-of-fact prose account. In that tradition, I offer this verse: The tide table tells me what this cloudy

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Dam builders

This morning, my cross-river neighbor Tim mentioned that he recently noticed a beaver swimming along the shore at the Tivoli Landing. Probably the same beaver I saw one evening while kayaking home from Tivoli last week. I wonder where its lodge is located. Beavers are known for

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Water temperature

Water temperature reading: 78 degrees F. In recent days, the water temperature climbed above 75 degrees for the first time this summer.

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