Surfers, beachcombers benefit from storm

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Raven Lundy catching a huge wave in the Atlantic compliments of the winter nor’easter. (Special to the Delaware State News/Matt Adams)

We survived the blizzard of 2016 or storm Jonas.

Many people are still digging out up north, not my favorite outdoor activity, I would prefer to play in the snow, not shovel.

Outdoors column logo FINAL by . If you are down south in Sussex County you had to deal with water moreso than snow.

Some areas in the state had to deal with a foot of snow and two feet of floodwaters. It was a wild ride over the weekend.

Storm chasing was the main outdoor activity for many people.

I spent 20 hours in a chair collecting reports from friends and readers to update the sites with as much news as possible.

We have crews of storm chasers that do extensive coverage. The website had half of a year’s traffic on one day due to the storm updates. Facebook reached over 1.8  million people.

Storm chasing is definitely an outdoor activity not for the faint of heart and we do not recommend people do this. It is dangerous and will ruin vehicles.  We have a different approach to storm chasing these days; we have found a much safer and faster way to keep people updated.

Tidal surge

One thing Jonas did for the East Coast was create a massive tidal surge from the Caribbean to the Canadian Maritimes. Surfers up and down the coast hit the beaches, or what was left of them on Sunday to catch some of the largest waves they have ever seen.

“There are 15 to 20 foot faced waves,” said Matt Adams. “These are the biggest I have ever seen here in my life.”

Matt was filming his friends in Ocean City. Maryland, catching waves and it was monumental what they managed in that heavy surf.

They had to use Jet Skis to get people into waves and in some cases get them out.

Back on beach soon

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A sand dollar was among the beachcombing finds after the winter storm wreaked havoc on the coast. (Special to the Delaware State News/Rich King)

The drive-on beaches are only half open but should be ready by the weekend.

The towns all got crushed by this storm and there is a great deal of beach missing.

The beach combing is amazing.  Sand dollars, sea glass, starfish and whelk shells by the thousands. Beach combing is a fun activity that anyone can do and you never know what you will find. This weekend I expect the beaches to be crowded with people looking.

The folks that made it out first picked the beaches clean of whelk shells.  These were stacked up in piles every 30 yards by the hundreds, People were carrying them off by the bucket.

There are many live ones out there too; it is illegal to harvest whelk by hand in the state of Delaware, so please put the live ones back in the water.

There are many other live creatures on the beach and the birds are having a feast.  Such is the nature of nature after a storm.

Geese on the move

Hunters up north could track animals easily enough but it would take a snow cat in some places just to get in and out of the woods. The geese are moving all over the state from field to marsh and back.  The waterways are all but frozen over; ducks are having a hard time finding open water.  We are hoping to find some open water to do some perch fishing later this weekend.  The snow for the most part has melted and Sussex County is clearing up.  Now we just have to find some minnows for bait.

Rich King’s column appears Thursdays in the Delaware State News.

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