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WILD, WILD WEATHER

October 20th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Since last Friday we have been sporadically battered by high winds and deluged with rain.  Other cruisers who have been in Turkey this time of year say it is the worst weather they have experienced in October.  We are glad to be safely moored at Marmaris Yacht Marina.

Flag stands at attention in 30 kts.

Destiny's flag stands at attention in 30 kts.

The weather comes in violent micro-bursts of wind and torrential rain.  Yesterday we clocked a wind gust at over 40 kts.  Ten minutes later the wind was under 5 kts.

Snug inside the dodger & bimini

Snug inside the dodger & bimini

. . .while the storm rages.

. . .while the storm rages.

Wind indicator clocked gusts over 40 kts. --one was 44 kts!

Wind indicator clocked gusts over 40 kts. --one was 44 kts!

Despite this wild weather, the marina has been hauling boats at a steady clip until 10 p.m. everyday.  The docks are emptying as the yard fills.

Last night the rain stopped and the setting sun turned the clouds a gorgeous pink. 

A respite at sunset. . .

A respite at sunset. . .

brings a pink sky overhead.

brings a pink sky overhead.

But morning brought another gloomy day and heavy rain.

But morning brought another gloomy day and heavy rain.

The sun came out in the past few minutes so we are hoping that the weather system that has kept us holed up in Destiny for the past five days has finally passed through.

Finally, sun and blue sky.

Finally, sun and blue sky.

We had some rainy weather in Croatia in October of last year, but the weather seemed to move through much faster and without the intensity that we have experienced here.  On the other hand, Croatia was quite chilly and in Turkey at least the temps are moderate and very comfortable despite the rain and wind.

We had hoped to do more cruising this month but the unpredictable weather and stormy weather patterns have kept us in the marina.  This coming week is Marmaris Race Week, and weather permitting we will be out watching some of the races.

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