Monday, December 29, 2014

Seagull tracks in snow, snow tides, snowboarding on sand dunes and other tales of a beach blizzard

It didn't really end up being worse at the shore as predicted, but we got a nice foot-plus heavy helping of the monster pre-Christmas snow dump that clomped its way up the eastern seaboard the last 24 hours. Made for the always cool beach blizzard activities, like riding boogie boards and sleds down snowy boardwalk ramps and snowboarding on snow-covered sand dunes. Army Corps of Engineers, we thank you for the dunes. The boogie board down the dunes beats the sled every time, kinda nice with to get a spit of snow in your face as you're speeding (relatively) down toward the ocean. Also, very pretty pictures of foamy waves crashing onto snow covered beaches.

Seagull tracks in snow, snow tides, snowboarding on sand dunes and other tales of a beach blizzard

It didn't really end up being worse at the shore as predicted, but we got a nice foot-plus heavy helping of the monster pre-Christmas snow dump that clomped its way up the eastern seaboard the last 24 hours. Made for the always cool beach blizzard activities, like riding boogie boards and sleds down snowy boardwalk ramps and snowboarding on snow-covered sand dunes. Army Corps of Engineers, we thank you for the dunes. The boogie board down the dunes beats the sled every time, kinda nice with to get a spit of snow in your face as you're speeding (relatively) down toward the ocean. Also, very pretty pictures of foamy waves crashing onto snow covered beaches.

Check out these seagull tracks in the snow this morning:

And here's a cool shot where the snow line almost meets the waves as they come up to shore, with a little ridge of sand in between. Snow line looks like surf, surf looks like sand. The beach was totally covered with snow at high tide, but it's showing more sand as the tide recedes. The sand is like quicksand though.

And another:

Here's some shots of the beach in Atlantic City this morning, where, I might add, they plowed both streets and Boardwalk quite nicely. This was still high tide, so the sand meets the ocean without any sand getting in between.

A shot from the Boardwalk:

Here's a nice snowy Boardwalk just below the Hilton:

And here's some cool snowboarding on snow-covered sand dunes, from Saturday. Atlantic City High School's ski club's ski trip to Hunter was cancelled due to the snow, but that didn't stop some members from taking to their own slopes. On a barrier island, you find terrain where you can.

 

 

 

 

About this blog

Inquirer staff writer Amy S. Rosenberg has covered Philly police, city neighborhoods, Ed Rendell as mayor, the Jersey shore, Atlantic City, Miss America and the psychology of Eagles fans. She moved to Ventnor on July 3, 1995, which makes her a local, but not really.

Inquirer Staff Writer Jacqueline L. Urgo has spent every summer of her life at the Jersey Shore, and has lived there year-round for nearly 30 years, even fulfilling one of her bucket list dreams by once living in a house by the sea.

Since 1990, she has covered the waterfront for The Inquirer — from the Atlantic to the Delaware Bay shore — and some of the mainland in between. Along the way, she amassed an encyclopedic knowledge of this tear-it-down-and-build-it-back-up region, delving into the history and the hype of a place with a lot of unexpected stories to tell.

Amy S. Rosenberg
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