Magazine articles on rowing multiply

Although this article was written on March 3rd, 2016 AT 3:00 PM EST, it was shared on my timeline by another rowing blog TODAY!  This article is in a magazine called Style Caster (one of those very annoying glam magazines that have so many pop-up ads that you can’t even read the article).   The article is written by Jasmine Garnsworthy ( an editor at StyleCaster, covering everything from health and fitness to celebrity news, street style, and pop culture. She swears coconut oil can fix anything, obsessively face-mists through all stressful situations, and will try any wellness trend at least once. Past jobs include editor gigs at POPSUGAR Australia and Australian women’s site Mamamia.)

All the points are valid today as much as in 2016.  But the revolution (my characterization) in rowing popularity is only just beginning, really:

Check it out:

Is the answer blowing in the wind?

Today at 7:18am, moments before sunrise.  Here is the tide setting.  Low tide was at 5:34am and slack began at 6:42am.  So the water should have been still.  But….

Look at the wind snapshot below.  It is blowing southwest to north east at 6 mph.

Does the waterflow from Rosendale have something to do with it?    Pressure is still above normal due to the previous week’s flooding.  So….(see video below):

Morning walk along Rondout Creek waterfront

It’s raining off and on.  I walk easterly along the waterfront.  It is around 7:30am. Sunrise was at  7:27am..  Low tide was around 5am.  Slack (no) current should be in effect.  tides and currents

The piece of wood thrown in water heads toward the lighthouse (ebb flow) in spite of slack current . The wind is calm blowing from south to north.    Note what happens to piece of wood thrown into the creek.

A very curious day on the Rondout Creek

From the Tides and Currents reports you can see that the current was ebbing at 2:18am and should have hit low tide at 4:02am and about an hour and a half later slack (no current) should be visible.
Ebb current is when the flow is from inland (Rosendale) and heads towards the Hudson.
The prediction, as seen here in the USGS data, was for the reverse to commence about 8:30am when the “flood” current begins. Flood current is when the water flows from the Hudson to its source in the north and pushes inward towards Eddyville and Rosendale. Flood current ends with high time. Supposedly at 9:39 am.

At around 7:10am I went down to the waterfront at the bottom of Front Street and noted that the wind was supposedly blowing from the northeast towards the southwest.

At about 7:30am I threw a twig into the water to see where it would go. It headed easterly towards the Hudson as if it was ebb current.  (See the video link below). 

OK. So even though the discharge rate at Rosendale is much higher than normal, the velocity (speed) is never greater than 1.5 knots (in this instance).


This is me testing the direction of the current by tossing a twig to see in which direction it will go.  To the left is ebbing current, to the right is flood current.  What was it at 7:20am this morning?