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The Daily Bucket is a regular feature of the Backyard Science group. It is a place to note of any observations you have made of the world around you. Rain, sun, wind...insects, birds, flowers...meteorites, rocks...seasonal changes...all are worthy additions to the bucket. Please let us know what is going on around you in a comment. Include, as close as is comfortable for you, where you are located. Each note is a record that we can refer to in the future as we try to understand the patterns that are quietly unwinding around us.
We are just starting to come out of a cold snap in the Pacific Northwest. For us, that's subfreezing temperatures and gale winds out of the north. After the brunt of it, there are signs on the shore that belie the sunny calm setting of these pictures, taken yesterday. Imagine, if you will, the cold and wind and storm surge waves that left these on one of the most protected beaches on the island.
Cold? How about frozen sea foam? It acts much like snow under my boot.
And a line of ice at the last high tide mark. Notice the drop-off of beach sand above it: caused by storm surge waves sucking sand off the beach.
A mass of sea lettuce has been torn from its attachment offshore and washed up in one corner: the direction of the wind waves was from the northeast.
And many tiny semicircles.
A few hints of the tempest.
What signs are you seeing in your part of the world? Welcome to this late Bucket, with your observations.