Irene is “past” although actually we are getting stronger wind gusts on the tail end than we got during the storm (50+ mph).
The Passaic River is forecast to reach record flood levels, but that usually takes 2-3 days to happen. Judging from these pics we won’t be getting on the water anytime soon.
Passaic River Rowing Association docks, North Arlington, NJ:
PRRA boat bays post-flood mess (that’s my boat second from the top on left):
Nereid Boat Club upriver in Rutherford, NJ – they are on a narrow bend and get bad flooding when the tide is high. To give perspective, this is taken from across the street and up the hill from the boathouse – the normal course of the river is BEHIND the boathouse!
Everybody stay safe!
Well we had a storm last night that melted all the snow here in New Jersey. Unfortunately Crossfit Ignite had a foot of water in it this morning! The Passaic River, while below flood stage, was running about as fast as I’ve ever seen it. But the sun was shining and the wind was blowing, and I just couldn’t bring myself to sit down and row indoors on the Concept2.
Answer – break out the stand-up paddle and head for the dock! Face downstream and pull back against the current. The resistance when the water is moving several knots against your blade is incredible! Like doing a heavy Turkish get-up reeeallly slow, or doing the “chop” cross-body injury prevention lift from The Four Hour Body. 30 minutes alternating sides is an incredible workout, to the point that my upper body and core were literally trembling to failure. Great for injury-proofing and correcting left/right imbalances.
Not the same as being on a board, but not bad for early March on the East Coast!
Here’s why: It’s day 5 after the storm last weekend, and the Passaic River is still flooded and too swift to risk small boats, so I’ve been hitting the Crossfit box hard this week and finding myself sore and with cabin fever!
Here’s a video from the Nereid Boat Club docks in the evening. The lower Passaic is tidal, and this was taken at DEAD LOW TIDE when normally there is almost no current. The water level instead was equivalent to what we get in a normal high spring tide. You can see a couple of college team boats in the background barely making headway against the current. I measured the current speed later when there was supposed to be an INCOMING tide, and there was still an outgoing flow of between 2.3 and 2.8 knots!
Still lots of folks without power, and a lot of roads are still closed. Hope this is the last storm of the winter.