Early June Storm Pummels Plum Island

An early June storm, combined with astronomically high tides and a full moon cause surging seas to wreak havoc on the coast, particularly Plum Island. Pictures taken just south of the center jetty show extend of the erosion. Click here to open the gallery.Powered by Cincopa wp content plugins solution for your website and Cincopa MediaSend for file transfer. The good news? The Newburyport Daily News reports that with the recent storm damage, the Army Corps of Engineers is currently soliciting bids on the proposed repairs needed to the Merrimack River’s South...
Blizzard of 2010

Blizzard of 2010

December 26, 2010 – the worst storm to hit New England in some time.  It came up from the south where it dumped 5 inches in Raleigh, NC, where my friend Mary said they’ve never seen a white Christmas.  Snow started falling early evening. Wind picked up and the brunt of it came full force around 10pm. 35-40mph winds, with gusts beyond 50mph.  The snowfall a steady 1-2″ per hour. With high tide at 3:30am, during the peak of the storm, the savage storm battered the Plum Island coast line.  The newly replenished beach from the island’s center and north has just about been all but removed.  A home off of 55th Street now lies dangerously close to falling into the ocean.  South of the jetty, the vicious waves continued to eat at the heavily eroded beach dunes, threatening Bennett Hill and the homes along Annapolis Way.  Many lost stairways down to the beach, which were replaced just months ago following the no-name storm of the past...
“Non-N’oreaster” Batters Beach; Breaches Center

“Non-N’oreaster” Batters Beach; Breaches Center

A N’oreaster, which was said to have gone to sea, deposits very little snow on the island, but continues its vicious surge against the beach and coastline.  At high tide, approximately 10am this morning, 8-10ft waves crash along the shoreline and continue eroding the just-replenished beach and endangers the badly eroded dunes south of the...

Measuring Erosion Patterns

A Newburyport News article today reported on a group of 4 seniors from the Governor’s Academy (Newbury, MA) have begun conducting a series of beach profiles near Plum Island Center.  Data is being collected …. Read...