Day: August 5, 2014

Small Craft Advisory

Sustained winds or frequent gusts ranging between 25 and 33 knots (except 20 to 25 knots, lower threshold area dependent, to 33 knots for harbors, bays, etc.) and/or seas or waves 5 to 7 feet and greater, area dependent.
Sustained winds or frequent gusts ranging between 25 and 33 knots (except 20 to 25 knots, lower threshold area dependent, to 33 knots for harbors, bays, etc.) and/or seas or waves 5 to 7 feet and greater, area dependent.

 

There are little quirks those of us living in coastal communities that we take for granted and pay little attention.  For instance when I ride around the peninsular in New Bedford on the south coast of Massachusetts, I see a solid colored flag on each side.  The west is Clarks Cove and the east is Buzzards Bay.  These are called Coastal Warning Display Signals.  The flag above is small craft advisory.  There is also a flag for Gale Warning, Storm Warning and Hurricane Warning.  

These are remnants of a time long gone but still serve as an easy reference to the weather of the day. There are lots of people who drive, walk and bike around the point and all of us pay attention to the weather flags.

 

The Fairhaven side of Buzzards Bay looking south from the Fairhaven/New Bedford bridge.
The Fairhaven side of Buzzards Bay looking south from the Fairhaven/New Bedford bridge.
Salmons
In the city of New Bedford, Ma it’s not unusual to see bikes on the wrong side of the street. We call these salmons.( Riding upstream against the tide)