Stormy Evening in Prescott Park

The threat of rain seemed to hang around for a while in the late afternoon today.  There were some seriously intense clouds out over New Castle as I walked around Prescott Park, and I even saw some streaks of lighting touch down. Somehow, I managed not to get caught out in any rain before heading to a meeting at City Hall…and when I arrived, the sky was gorgeous and intense, as the sun was breaking through a portion of the cloud ceiling and the ominous clouds hung overhead.

Above is a shot of the storm looming behind the public docks out over New Castle and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard as seen from the Joe Sawtelle Pier in Prescott Park.  Below is a view of the park from the public docks…with some cyclists seen underneath the trees (trying to decide whether to head out for a ride or not – they did).

Hurricane Bill Approaching Portsmouth

Early on Friday night, the early implications of the stormy weekend ahead and the approach of Hurricane Bill were evident with the arrival of an intense thunderstorm.  This shot captures a lightning strike within the clouds over the Piscataqua River Bridge (with the Moran Tugboats in the foreground), which soon drenched all who had hunkered down at the Decks along the waterfront.

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UPDATE: Turns out that it probably wasn’t Hurricane Bill, as the majority of the weekend was gorgeous…however it WAS a very intense storm!

State Street & Fleet Street | (The View from My Office)

State Street is coming along in the broader Portsmouth picture, having served its time as a seedy location with housing for the town drunks a long time ago in the rowhouses closer to The Common Man, Googie’s, Agave and Dos Amigos, making way for new condominiums, fancier restaurants soon to be complimented by some new period lighting and fancier sidewalks.

My office on the 1st floor at Ocean Bank looks out to this corner at State and Fleet Street, and often I’m fortunate to hear the horns of cars warning those who don’t realize that State Street is still a One Way Street.  Sometimes entertaining, sometimes obnoxious.  On this particular afternoon a ridiculous thunderstorm was making its way across the seacoast, with some sunshine visible on the drive-up to the left along with the rain still moist on the window.

State Street & Fleet Street | (The View from My Office)

State Street is coming along in the broader Portsmouth picture, having served its time as a seedy location with housing for the town drunks a long time ago in the rowhouses closer to The Common Man, Googie’s, Agave and Dos Amigos, making way for new condominiums, fancier restaurants soon to be complimented by some new period lighting and fancier sidewalks.

My office on the 1st floor at Ocean Bank looks out to this corner at State and Fleet Street, and often I’m fortunate to hear the horns of cars warning those who don’t realize that State Street is still a One Way Street.  Sometimes entertaining, sometimes obnoxious.  On this particular afternoon a ridiculous thunderstorm was making its way across the seacoast, with some sunshine visible on the drive-up to the left along with the rain still moist on the window.