July 26, 1913: A hurricane on a clear day at Commonwealth Bay

–from Douglas Mawson’s account “The Home of the Blizzard”–

“From July 26 onwards the sky was cloudless for a week, and each day the northern sun would rise a fraction of a degree higher. The wind was very constant and of high velocity.

“It was a grand sight to witness the sea in a hurricane on a driftless, clear day. Crouched under a rock on Azimuth Hill, and looking across to the west along the curving brink of the cliffs, one could watch the water close inshore blacken under the lash of the wind, whiten into foam farther off, and then disappear into the hurrying clouds of spray and sea-smoke. Over the Mackellar Islets columns of spray would shoot up like geysers, and fly away in the mad race to the north.”

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