With winds of around 50 mph, the surf in Barrow broke through the berms and flooded parts of town today. As the ice pack gets smaller every summer, more open ocean means bigger storms and less protection for the coastline from erosion. But in the process it was absolutely amazing and powerful. I had a wonderful evening walking the beach with a friend, getting chased by the sea and listening to the pounding of the surf and the roar of the wind. It was one of those magnificent evenings in Barrow that are rare but make living here worthwhile.