From the dusty pages of time, following is a press release issued on February 11, 1931 by the United States Bureau of Lighthouses. Their headline read, “The Foggiest Spot on the Atlantic Coast.” Over the coming months we will share some of these old press releases with you. By themselves, they are like a time machine, helping us to catch a glimpse back into the glorious days of lighthouse keepers along America’s vast coastlines.
“Moose Peak Lighthouse, on the coast of Maine, has just completed another year as the foggiest spot in the United States according to the Lighthouse Service of the Department of Commerce. The keepers of the light station report that during the past year they experienced 1,562 hours of fog, or an average of well over four hours of fog per day. This has not been an extremely foggy year at Moose Peak, for records for the last sixteen years show an average of 1,607 hours of fog.
Next to Moose Peak, in the number of hours of fog, usually follow Libbey Island Lighthouse and that on Petit Manan, both on the coast of Maine. On the Pacific coast, Point Reyes holds the record for fog with an average of 1,398 hours per year for 45 years.
Since the U.S. Lighthouse Service has complied records of the prevalence of fog at its stations, Seguin Light Station, Maine, holds the record of fog at the station, the keepers sounding the powerful fog signal for a third of the time. Fog, however, shows great inconsistencies, for an earlier year, Seguin keepers reported only 895 hours of fog during the entire year.”
This story appeared in the
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