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Landscape,  Nature,  Photo

Malik, the Storm

The worst storm in Denmark in 5 years was named Malik. It ended up being classified as a category 2 storm, big media fuss and closed traffic services all over the country. In many other places around the world a category 2 storm would hardly raise an eyebrow. But OK, as you see the worst since October 2016. We don’t have a nature around us that presents many extremes. The highest hill (don’t have mountains) is almost 180.5 meters high, the deepest spot in our seas are 130-140 meters deep, we only have moderate temperatures compared to other places. Coldest measured temperature is -31.2 Celsius, bloody cold but not compared to Arctic, Siberia, Canada or Alaska. Hottest is 36.4 Celsius, not like Death Valley or Dubai. Believe it or not earth quakes can be experienced in Denmark, most are less than 2 Richter, I can remember to have experienced one. It was 4.3 Richter and it succeeded to topple a TV of it’s shell and make a crack in a wall (none of them mine).

So that’s why Danes go a little crazy over a ‘dangerous’ category 2 storm. This one was actually deadly to a woman, she happened to fall over due to the storm and get injuries that killed her. For the area I was interested in wind speeds was up to 20 M/sec with gusts up to 30 M/sec (72 Km/h or 45 Miles/h and 108 Km/h or 68 Miles/h). So to be a storm chaser in Denmark requires patience, and you have to be satisfied with the little you get. I went to the north coast of Zealand a few hours after the peak of the storm. It peaked in the middle of the night so pictures would not be possible but the storm was polite enough to almost hold the level during the early parts of the day.

Even though it stormed it became a beautiful day, almost no clouds and 4-7 Celsius. So a potential nice day out at the coast.

You should secure your vessel. I think this one is about to meat same destiny as it’s name brother did in WW2
The waves pick up everything and carries it to a new place
The day before I took a photo of a winter bather here. But with about 2 meters less water
I took the same picture the day before, but with a beach at the foot of the stairs
I was not alone chasing a good shot of the waves. His ambition was the classic spray around an item
Normally you have this one at the back of a wide beach
I use to say that a stone spends hundreds or even thousands of years to climb from the sea and on to the beach. These ones were at the beach yesterday. The wall at the left normally has a 2.5-3 meter drop to the beach
Stones waiting to ‘jump’ onto the street
The waves has ripped some of the boards off, they were in place yesterday! And seemed solid
The idea of a swimming pier is: You walk from the dry beach out on it and climb down into the water.
The gulls have to eat even when it storms, they succeeded to pick up something between the roaring waves
I couldn’t find a whole lighthouse, but this signal at the end of the pier at the harbor of Gilleleje did a fine job being sprayed.
whoops, there were also waves splashing inside the harbor.
A juvenile European Herring gull (Larus Argentatus) has managed to catch a sole, but eating is tricky. The mate behind is absolutely willing to assist
Don’t think Hamlet is home, his castle is standing steady. It’s probably bloody cold inside on such a windy day
I learned that is had been in the marina and gotten loose, so the wind could push i onto the rocks below Kronborg

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