First off, what causes a tornado? In order for this vortex of swirling winds to form, the atmospheric conditions have to be just right. The two main components to create a tornado are: 1. Powerful lift, and 2. Atmospheric spin When meteorologists talk about “lift” they’re talking about the ability for the air to rise. We’ve all seen big, billowy thunderstorm clouds -- those are created from the lift of the air. Flatter clouds, by contrast, don’t have as much lift. Spin is simply rotation of the air itself. When thunderstorms have rotation they actually spin and, if the conditions are right, the spin of the storm can lead to the spin of a smaller entity called a tornado. This is a very simplified explanation, but without these components -- the lift moving the air higher and the spin causing the rotation -- you won’t have a tornado. Tornadoes are not common in New England, and are certainly even less common on Cape Cod, which is surrounded … [Read more...] about Tornado on the Cape? A look at how it happened
Running from Yarmouth to Wellfleet, “The Cape Cod Rail Trail is one of the Cape’s gems,” says Paul Johnson of the Friends of the Cape Cod Rail Trail. Traveling through the towns of Yarmouth, Dennis, Harwich, Brewster, Orleans, Eastham, and Wellfleet, “It passes through all types of neighborhoods: residential, commercial, woodlands, ponds, bogs, trees, fields, swamps, and creeks.” Johnson’s advice for a first-timer: Hit the rail trail on off-peak hours or on weekdays if possible. “Weekends in June, July, and August are very busy, with 100 to 200 people on the trail each hour.” Now there is more to love: a new 5.7-mile section from Yarmouth to Dennis recently opened. The goal is to expand the trail west to Barnstable, so riders could, in theory, take the bus or CapeFLYER to Hyannis, and hop onto the rail trail from there. The ultimate plan is to link all of Cape Cod in this manner. “We are working actively to connect the Shining Sea … [Read more...] about Cool cruising along the Cape Cod Rail Trail
By the time they made it to land, the injured young man was in severe shock and had no radial pulse. Bystanders on the beach strapped him to a makeshift stretcher and then whisked him away. It was too late. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. A pall descended over Massachusetts. The next day the beaches were deserted, and up and down the coast people shook their heads and predicted that nothing would ever be the same. They were right — to a point. That incident took place 83 years ago, in Buzzards Bay. Claiming the life of a 16-year-old Dorchester kid by the name of Joseph Troy, the attack became a touchstone for coastal New England. In the decades since, in those rare instances when someone spotted a shark — or, rarer still, when someone was attacked by one — public officials dipped into history to use the death as psychological comfort for panicked beachgoers. Their reassuring refrain went like this: Don’t be alarmed. We haven’t had a fatal … [Read more...] about Sharks on the Cape: Just how scared should we be?
Since the weather gods are a fickle bunch, we sleuthed out a few things to do over the bridge when the weather is foul — with an emphasis on activities that are truly (or sort-of) Cape Cod. And when all else fails, there’s Cape Cod Beer in Hyannis, open on Saturdays for brewery tours and tastings. The Whydah Pirate Museum “Won’t it be kind of cheesy?” said our New York guest when we suggested an outing to the Whydah Pirate Museum. Nope. This pirate museum is the real deal, home to artifacts discovered by divers at a shipwreck site off the coast of Wellfleet. The Whydah was wrecked in a nor’easter in 1717, with a cargo of treasure from 50 plundered ships, commanded by pirate Sam Bellamy. Underwater explorer Barry Clifford discovered the shipwreck in 1984. Here’s your chance to take a look at “the world’s only authenticated pirate treasure,” they say, including a chest of coins. There’s a replica of the ship, and … [Read more...] about Rainy day diversions on the Cape
AFRICA, LUXURY, SOUTH AFRICA · June 2, 2019 Situated in the Franschhoek valley, La Residence is one of the most opulent hotels I have ever stepped foot inside. The foyer is adorned in chandeliers, marble, and all the gold trimmings you’d ever care to see in one space. Put simply, this hotel is one of the most extravagantly decorated properties you will find in South Africa and as such has become one of the finest hotels to stay on the continent. Luxury in the Cape Winelands The Cape Winelands are renowned for grapes and gastronomy, but if you plan to stay a few days in Franschhoek you will see there is much more to be discovered in the area. La Residence is a 30-acre estate filled with vines, exotic animals and various room categories in the main residence and separate houses that appear as if they go on forever. Room interiors ooze the glitz and glamour of a time now passed: luxe fabrics, too many threads to thread count, antique furniture and a … [Read more...] about Checking In to La Residence in the Cape Winelands