North Sea Storm Surge.

The 13th Jan saw North Sea facing coastlines battered by a large, long distance swell, which when combined with the high spring tides & strong local winds, put numerous areas on severe flood alert. It was looking like the perfect storm brewing, with similar consequences to that of 2013 ( & the even worse one of '53 ).

 Crowds gather in safety to watch events unfold.

Crowds gather in safety to watch events unfold.

Choosing to have a look an hour so before high water, it was a perhaps unsurprising to see so many people out to witness mother nature at her rawest - it was well forecast & unlike 2013, it was still daylight.

 The large swell with a period of 14 seconds, batters Whitby Piers.

The large swell with a period of 14 seconds, batters Whitby Piers.

Having seen many large storms over the years, this one was very spectacular in comparison, with huge swell lines crashing against anything in their way, sending spray high in to the sky & the sea itself scorched by the strong Westerly winds.

 Huge waves crash over the Promenade. Look at the guy on the far left with his dogs, about to get a good soaking.

Huge waves crash over the Promenade. Look at the guy on the far left with his dogs, about to get a good soaking.

 Mesmerising waves crash against the Seawall.

Mesmerising waves crash against the Seawall.

As the time passed & high tide approached, it soon became apparent that it was, thankfully, looking increasingly unlikely to flood the whole of Whitby. It was a close call - had the wind been from the North, it would have been a different story no doubt.

 A close call for Whitby.

A close call for Whitby.