Strange phenomenon as foam washes ashore
STRONG wind and heavy seas battered the Whitby coastline this week as the bleak weather continued to sweep across the area.
A biting wind from Russia has also made seasonal temperatures of around five degrees celcius feel far colder.
In town, people fought to walk in a straight line across the swing bridge as gusts blew them back in their path.
And in Pier Road, the high winds forced foam from along the slipway, onto the bandstand and down Pier Road which made the street look as if it had been hit by a sudden snow storm.
The foam is likely to have been caused by the extreme wind and rain mixed with phytoplankton cells, a microscopic organism that inhabits the sea which produce a lot of mucus and when whipped up, can form foam which was then pushed ashore at high tide.
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Weather for Whitby
Thursday 23 May 2013
Temperature: 5 C to 8 C
Wind Speed: 30 mph
Wind direction: North west
Temperature: 5 C to 9 C
Wind Speed: 26 mph
Wind direction: North east