Above: Old Inlet Breach on March 26, 2018
Dr. Charles Flagg took flights over the Breach at Old Inlet on Fire Island on March 26 and April 25, 2018. The flyover mosaics are available below.
Dr. Flagg noted that the April 25th flight was “near high tide and the sun angle wasn’t optimal” and that “there (may not be) much definition in the flood delta.” The March 26th flight was conducted with “20kt cross winds, requiring a 30 degree crab.” As a result, there are some gaps in the mosaic. An in-depth report of the breach evolution was released on April 27th.
Mark Lang has assembled all the geo-referenced photo mosaics into a kml file that can be viewed using Google Earth. By clicking between images and using the fade in-out button you can clearly see how the inlet is changing with time. An offline version of the KML file is available as KMZ. The full size image is also available for March 26 and April 25.
On the March 26th flight, Dr. Flagg also flew over Moriches Inlet, as it was heavily impacted by the first of the nor’easters to hit the area. The full size image is available from that flight.
Above: The view of the breach on April 25 from the cockpit of the plane
Below: The March 26 mosaic on the left and the April 25 mosaic on the right.