"X" marks the spot, SPARTINA'S approximate location in the sand hook at the south end of Tangier Island the night of storm on day 4.
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED Severe Thunderstorm Watch Number 88 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 1230 PM EDT Mon May 14 2018 The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Watch for portions of District Of Columbia Western and central Maryland Southeast Ohio Southern Pennsylvania Northern Virginia Northern and central West Virginia Coastal Waters * Effective this Monday afternoon and evening from 1230 PM until 900 PM EDT. * Primary threats include... Widespread damaging winds and isolated significant gusts to 75 mph likely Isolated large hail events to 1.5 inches in diameter possible A tornado or two possible SUMMARY...Strong to severe storms will quickly evolve into a squall line that should progress east then southeast across the central Appalachians towards Chesapeake Bay. Damaging winds will be the primary hazard with a brief tornado or two possible. The severe thunderstorm watch area is approximately along and 85 statute miles either side of a line from 40 miles northwest of Parkersburg WV to 20 miles south southeast of Baltimore MD. For a complete depiction of the watch see the associated watch outline update (WOUS64 KWNS WOU8).
I do wish I could have used my phone to see the storm coming. Had I been able to use Dark Sky or some other app I might have seen that the storm was far enough away that I could have gone back the the marina. But there is no cell tower on Tangier, it is virtually impossible to get any sort of cellular connection.
Above is SPARTINA'S track during the storm. Back and forth. Below is a wider view of the anchorage.
Because of the lack of cell towers I did not receive storm info from Barry, both a heads up before the storm (I also missed out on a warning from Mary Lou) and a recap afterwards. He told me the nearest weather buoy, located at the mouth of the Potomac River, showed steady winds at 28 mph and gusts to 64, then at another time sustained wind at 50 mph with no data for the gusts. I appreciate Barry shared this info, but kinda knew it already.
Below is the overnight track from the storm that shows our position during the storm at the right with wind coming out of the west then swinging back around after the storm had passed. The anchor held.
I've had a few questions about the anchors. I'll talk about that in my next post.