Today, tnh, Jim Macdonald, mac_stone, and I went for a walk along the ocean during a break in the weather. I picked up some whelk shells and Jim found a periwinkle. We found any number of dead trilobites (horseshoe crabs) cast up by last night's nor'easter. We also found a ton of slipper limpets and jingle shells. The weather was misty and weirdly lit; that rich coastal New England light that makes all the colors seem saturated and almost pulsing with reality.
Now it's warmer and the air smells of tropical storm. Kyle is tracking further east, which may be good news for all of us getting home on time, but does suggest that Teresa may not get her hurricane (and may be bad news for Nova Scotia). The storm is close enough to smell, though, even over the smell of the Sound, but we're in a break between bands of rain.
On the subject of hurricanes, however, there is a category-5 supertyphoon, Jangmi, which is bearing down on Taiwan and Shanghai, with winds sustained at 144 mph and gusting to 190 mph, and a tight, brutal eye.