to Henry Beston's literary classic, The Outermost House,
and the spirit of life on the Great Outer Beach of Cape
Outermost News Wire
Feb. 26, 2006
heading down again
moderated somewhat this past week following last weekend's
Arctic blast, but hold on to your hats -- another deep chill
is blowing through this weekend. Temperatures aren't
expected to rise much above 25 degrees for the first couple
of days this week. After seeing some ocean effect snow last
weekend, expect more of the surprise snow on Sunday after an
Alberta Clipper system sails through the area Saturday
night, which could dust the region with 1-3 inches of snow.
Feb. 19, 2006
Beston Society poll now online
Over the last
several months, the Henry Beston Society has been conducting
an informal poll on its Web site as to where the
"new" Outermost House should be. A whopping 93
percent of voters had a positive answer to rebuilding the
National Literary Landmark, with 65 percent of the voters
saying that it should be in Eastham, and not in another
Outer Cape town. Now comes the next part -- where in Eastham
should the new Fo'castle be? Check out www.henrybeston.org
and cast your vote.
Feb. 18, 2006
Waldron dies at age 84
Word has been
received of the death of Theodore Alden "Ted"
Waldron, who died unexpectedly Wednesday at the age of 84.
The husband of the late Nan Turner Waldron, the couple first
ventured with friends to The Outermost House in 1961 and
became regulars there every year until the house was swept
away by high storm tides in 1978. He "loved this place
as much as I," she wrote in the dedication of her book,
"Journey to Outermost House." The Waldron
family was one the earliest supporters of The Henry Beston
Society. Waldron was a veteran of World War II and went on to become vice president at Goldman-Sachs in Boston.
An avid fisherman, tennis player and golfer, he lived in
Sharon, Mass. and also had a home in Eastham. Survivors include a son, Theodore A. Waldron Jr. of Tucson, Ariz.; three daughters, Lesley Waldron of Bethlehem, Conn., Constance W. Paulson of Kingston and Rebecca W. Suomala of Chichester, N.H.; a sister, Mary Smith of Murphys, Calif.; a brother, Paul Waldron of Northampton; and two grandchildren. A
memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 11 at 1:30 p.m.
at the First Congregational Church in Sharon.
a fraction of what was expected
The cold front
barreling across New England on Friday was accompanied by
60-mph-plus winds, heavy rain and hail, but fell apart as it
approached Cape Cod. The highest wind gusts reported on
Friday were in the 40-45 mph range. Temperatures continue to
fall today, only expected to reach into the 30s, and
Sunday's temperatures won't get out of the 20s, with a low
of near 10 expected tonight.
Feb. 17, 2006
Beach eroding at alarming rate
beach in Orleans is eroding at an alarming rate, according
to a front-page story in today's
Cape Cod Times. It seems that the dunes in the
north end of the front end parking lot at Nauset Beach are
wearing away at the rate of 4.2 feet per year. At that clip,
the dunes there would be gone in 30 years. The north end of
Nauset Beach reaches up into Eastham, to the opening of
Nauset Marsh -- this area is just west of where Henry
Beston's Outermost House once stood on a longer Nauset Spit
winds, falling temps on Cape today
may reach 60 early today, but wind speeds will also be
hitting that number later on. When a cold front blasts
through this afternoon, temperatures will begin to fall and
wind gusts could reach 60 mph or more. Thunder, downpours,
and, later, snow squalls are all possible. This is one of those
situations where the winds aloft drop down to the surface;
the last time that sort of thing happened was Dec. 9, when
the surprise hurricane hit the Cape with wind gusts up to
100 mph (just an observation from the Outermost Web, nothing
more). No doubt, Todd Gross will be following this event
from his Web
Feb. 13, 2006
totals lower than mainland
newly-touted "Blizzard of 2006" has come and gone,
leaving anywhere from 6 to 12 inches of snow across Cape
Cod. At 5 a.m., the clouds and snow had passed, winds had
died down considerably, and both stars and moon were
visible. The Cape was fortunate in being spared the bands of
very heavy snow that passed through (and stalled) across
places like New York City, where Central Park received
nearly 27 inches of snow. Snowfall totals were approaching
two feet across some areas of Eastern Massachusetts.
Feb. 12, 2006
in its final hours
The high winds
and snow continue to fly across Cape Cod as of 4 p.m.
Sunday. Snow totals are approaching 10 inches across the
Cape, and the winds aren't letting up a bit. Jon March just
reported a 52-mph wind gust at Nauset Light Beach in
Eastham. "It's a complete northeast to southwest wind,
with the snow blowing horizontally," March said via
cell phone at 4 p.m. "The surf is intense and is a
complete maelstrom, but it's a complete white-out with the
snow." The storm is expected to wind down over the next
few hours, and after snow showers this evening, be out of
the area later tonight.
flies, wind howls across Cape
The rain /
snow line is no longer a concern with today's storm, as snow
is piling up around the New England and New York City
region. The Big Apple was nearing two feet of snow near
midday, with similar amounts in parts of Connecticut. On the
Cape, totals are near 7-8 inches, with wind gusts of over 50
mph being reported at Provincetown. Jon March of The Henry
Beston Society is out at Nauset Light Beach and Coast Guard
Beach as we write this at 1:30 p.m., and we'll have an
update from him later on. March clocked a wind gust of 44
mph at Fort Hill in Eastham before heading to Nauset Light.
Former WHDH-TV (Boston) meteorologist Todd Gross is tracking
the storm at www.capeandislandsweather.com.
For the latest on the
storm from the Weather Channel, click
Feb. 11, 2006
/ snow line critical to totals
forecasts for the approaching nor'easter for Saturday night
and Sunday have the rain / snow line going right through the
Bass River area of the Cape. West of that line could see 8
to 15 inches of snow, while east of the boundary could see
under 8 inches of wet white stuff. Winds gusts of 60 mph and
minor coastal flooding are possible on the Outer Cape Sunday
(high tide is shortly after 11 a.m.). For the take on the
storm from the Weather Channel, click
site worth checking out, especially concerning winter
storms, is the new Cape & Islands Weather site at www.capeandislandsweather.com.
This site comes from former WHDH-TV (Boston) weatherman Todd
Gross, who was also the meteorologist profiled in the movie
"The Perfect Storm."
Feb. 10, 2006
are scrambling like mad to get a grip on what will happen
with the storm scheduled to barrel into the region on
Saturday night and early Sunday. Snowfall predictions are
ranging anywhere from 4-8 inches to over a foot; much will
depend on how much rain mixes in with the storm. High tide
late Sunday morning could bring slightly higher than average
tides, thanks to the full moon, which could prompt coastal
flood warnings to be issued. A winter storm watch is in
effect as of 2 p.m. Friday afternoon. Click
here for the latest.
Feb. 8, 2006
accepting comments on dune shacks
The Cape Cod National Seashore is now accepting comments regarding the traditional cultural significance of the dune shacks of the Peaked Hill Bars Historic District until March 30.
The comments will be forwarded to researchers who are assessing whether the dune shacks, located in Provincetown and Truro, are traditional cultural property, a National Register designation that could affect how they are managed. There will also be additional opportunities for public comment. Written comments may be sent to: Superintendent, Cape Cod National Seashore, 99 Marconi Site, Wellfleet MA 02667.
Feb. 3, 2006
commissions give U.S. 'D+'
Press reported today that leaders of two expert commissions that spent years examining the nation's ocean policies give the Congress, Bush administration and governors a near-failing grade for not moving quickly enough to address hundreds of their recommendations.
The presidential panel chaired by James Watkins, a retired Navy admiral and former energy secretary, recommended in September 2004 creating a new trust fund, boosting research, improving fisheries management and consolidating federal oversight among 212 recommendations in its 610-page final report, the first federal review of ocean policy in 35 years.
Now, members of the former commissions have joined forces, saying the government's "D+" effort so far could imperil the oceans' health and abundance if the problems are left untended much longer.
Jan. 31, 2006
surf from Nor'easter
didn't get out to the beach for high tide today, but here's
a good idea of what the Outer Beach was experiencing, as
seen from the South Shore of Massachusetts. Check out the East
of Boston blog. Interesting to note: one of the
photos is from Duxbury Beach, which is a barrier beach
abutting a salt marsh -- sound familiar, HB fans?
Astronomically high tides tonight could bring minor to
moderate coastal flooding to north-facing beaches on Cape
Jan. 29, 2006
storms expected this week
Cod's beaches have already taken a beating this week, and
two more storms are on the way over the next 72 hours.
Tonight's storm is expected to the less severe of the two,
while meteorologists seem to be much more concerned about
the one heading here for Tuesday. Click
here for the latest.
strand, but this group survives
total of 72 dolphins and 18 pilot whales had already beached
themselves this winter before Saturday, but the five
dolphins that found themselves stuck on a Provincetown
sandbar were still very much alive and were able to be sent
back out to sea. Otherwise, it's been a stressful season for
the Cape Cod Stranding Network, with scientists and others
unable to explain the strandings. To report a stranding,
call 508-743-9548. For more on the Cape Cod Standing
here to visit their Web site.