Sunday, November 30, 2014
A Showstopper Storm Surge Slaps Waves at Seattle's Alki Point Statue of Liberty
In the picture you are looking at the Statue of Liberty at Alki Point on Alki Beach in West Seattle.
If my memory is remembering correctly, and usually it does, the Seattle Statue of Liberty is normally nowhere near the water's edge.
Apparently the Showstopper Storm's high winds came at the same time as a high tide, with the wind causing a storm surge, pushing the water far higher than the norm.
You can see more photos of what the storm at the West Seattle Blog, which is where I found the photo above. The West Seattle Blog also has a couple videos of the storm.
For those who did not know that there is a Statue of Liberty in Seattle at Alki Beach, the reason for Miss Liberty being at that location is interesting.
From the Wikipedia Alki Point article...
The original name of the settlement was "New York Alki," "Alki" being a word in Chinook Jargon (Wawa) meaning "eventually" or "by and by." The name "New York" may have been chosen because it was the state of origin of several of the settlers. However, the next April, Arthur A. Denny abandoned the site at Alki for a better-situated site on the east shore of Elliott Bay, just north of the plat of David Swinson "Doc" Maynard. This site is now known as Pioneer Square.
So, the original settlers thought that the town now known as Seattle would become another New York, eventually.
Well, Seattle did become a big city, eventually. I suspect much bigger than the original settlers ever dreamed it might become...