Extreme Winter Storm Creates ‘Slushy Waves’ in Nantucket Island

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“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring”  Luke 21:25  

Nantucket was spared some of the worst snowfalls in New England, receiving a foot of snow as the nor’easter rolled through — other parts of Massachusetts got three feet of snow.  But it saw hurricane-force winds that gusted to 78 mph, parts of the island flooded, and an ice storm blacked out the entire island after ice coated both transformers in a substation, officials said.  Police Chief:  “Worst Storm Nantucket has seen in 10 years.”

While Nantucket, located about 20 miles south of Cape Cod, is known for extreme weather National Grid spokesman Jake Navarro couldn’t recall another time that the entire island lost power.  “Nantucket had that triple whammy of hurricane force winds, and a blizzard, and an ice storm,” Navarro said.  Videos here.

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NANTUCKET, Mass. – The cold weather in the Northeast, particularly in New England has been a frustration for many, but it’s also been the source of some interesting natural phenomenon.

Freezing Waves

One of them was discovered by photographer Jonathan Nimerfroh walking along Nantucket Island, who captured images of nearly frozen waves.

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Normally, waves crash on the beaches of the Massachusetts resort town but because of the record cold temperatures, the tide has seemingly suspended itself, semi-frozen due to the amount of ice in them.  “It looks like a big Slurpee rolling ashore,” CBS Boston meteorologist Eric Fisher said.

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Exceerpts and Photos:  CBS News / NBC News

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