Caught in the act! A hurricane at East Point!

Fellow grad student, photographer extraordinaire and guest blogger, Chris Marks, gives his first hand account of Hurricane Sandy as it blew through East Point this past Monday…


Every fall science at the Marine Science Center is set back by storms.  Usually these storms are Nor’easters, which bring cold winds and huge waves from the north.  Because Nahant is situated at the eastern tip of Nahant, we are in the perfect position to get pummeled when the wind blows hard.  This fall is no exception, and has certainly been worse.  Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy walloped the Northeast coast over the last few days.  It was bad enough that the university closed the campus.  A few of us braved the storm to check on the lab and any experiments in our laboratory sea tables…but mostly to watch the waves!


As a former resident of the Midwest, I am new to hurricanes, and they are awesome!  They are definitively dangerous too, but I had to experience Sandy’s wrath first-hand.  I saw waves crash over the top of one of our research sites (named Cunner Ledge), which is normally situated 20 feet above the water.  That means these waves were about 25 high and angry.  Spray from the wave crashing against the ledge must have been about 80 feet high.  Sheer power was necessary to generate that water movement.  Needless to say, I am glad that we weren’t trying to do research yesterday.


Below are some pictures of Nahant on a normal day and during Sandy’s fury.  You can see how powerful that storm really was. 

Canoe Beach on a “normal” calm day


The same beach, Canoe Beach, during Hurricane Sandy. The waves are near 10 feet high in this photo


Castle Rock on a calm day at East Point.


Castle Rock getting hammered by a very large wave


Castle Rock is somewhere under this wave.






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