Monday, 9 December 2013

The Storm Surge: A Tale of Two Morecambe Bay Towns

Morecambe, Thursday 5th December as the westerlies pushed the surge.
Image: William Oliphant

Grange-over Sands, Thursday 5th December.
Image: Beth Pipe (@CumbrianRambler)

When the "storm surge" hit Morecambe Bay last Thursday, the media's focus was on the worst that Nature threw at the coastline and how it affected its inhabitants and property - but not every town suffered.

The two images above, sent to us by the Morecambe Bay Partnership, were taken at the same time on Thursday when the surge tide hit. The westerly wind pushed the storm into Morecambe but Grange was flat calm as it is sheltered from the west.

The Morecambe Bay Partnership is a small charity that makes big things happen for the Bay’s communities, working hard to bring benefits to the communities, heritage and environment around the Bay.

“These two images are taken just nine miles apart, but seem worlds away, notes Susannah Bleakley, Executive Director at the Partnership. "Grange is having a beautiful day with a full tide up to the promenade, but it’s mayhem in Morecambe which is facing west and feels the full force of the storm.”

"Fetch is also relevant, the distance that a wind has blown before it reaches the shore.  A longer fetch means a bigger sea. A storm surge happens when low pressure, high wind and high tides coincide."

Web: @_MBay

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