Grey River is located on the south-west coast of Newfoundland. It is situated on the north-west side of Jerts Cove, just east of Ramea, about 0.9 miles within the inlet.
The population today reaches only about 160 residents. The first reported census of 1857 reveals a population of only thirteen citizens.
Our community offers breathtaking scenery as a narrow passageway leads into the settlement from the bay. Nestled between two mountains, a very sheltered basin offers protection from the raging winds which often stop the ferry service from running on schedule. These hills reach an elevation of 199-305 meters or 1000 feet and are great for climbing. In the winter, they make a perfect trail for sliding and believe it or not-skidooing!Grey River shores are steep and bold.Detailed Physical Analysis by Junior High Students
The Brook and The Dam
There are a lot of interesting sights in Grey River. I am going to tell you about our brook and our dam. The dam was built in 1978 by John Penny and Sons, Bill Lushman, and many other men. It was built to get water for the school and to keep the big brook from flooding. It is in the northern part of the community. It is very big and has some holes in it and water comes out of it. If you want to see the dam, it is a hard walk. Our dam is very safe.
Our brook is very long and wide. Some men built a fence to protect the road from the brook. People once used the brook to get water. Now we get our water from a pond on top of the hill. The brook gets very high when it runs out. It is very dirty. Our community should protect it and clean it up.
On the south coast of Newfoundland, winters are generally mild. Ice concentration is usually light or non-existent off the south coast, allowing temperatures to be moderated by the open water. It is not uncommon to experience interludes of mild, above freezing conditions with temperatures climbing to 5 to 10 degrees celsius accompanied by strong winds and rain. Surface wind speeds are at average 20 to 30 km/hr around the coasts with 50 to 80 km/hr sustained during low pressure systems. Very strong gusts (120 to 140 km/hr) are a feature along the south and west coasts of the island whenever strong offshore winds descend from the hills immediately inland, especially wherever narrow valleys exit towards the sea as is the case in Grey River.
Average daily air temperature reaches 0 degrees celsius by the beginning of April. From April to June, stormy weaher relaxes and it is good to experience dry, fair, and mild daytime conditions again.
By early July, summer is in full swing. The spatial pattern of summer temperatures is determined by prevailing wind direction and distance from open salt water. The average air temperature for July is 10 to 15 degrees celsius. Southern coastal areas cool overall as dominant onshore winds are chilled by sea surface temperatures of 10 to 13 degrees celsius, making sea fog regular. However, these onshore winds also moderate nighttime temperatures, extending the frost-free season to almost five months. The annual number of frost-free days is between 130 and 150. Toward the end of August into September, there is a great possibility for a tropical storm to hit the southern portion of the island, resulting in strong winds and heavy rainfall.
The first occurrence of air temperature below 0 degrees celsius is normally delayed until mid-October, resulting in a weakened form of "Indian Summer". The first snowfall of about 2.5 cm is delayed until mid to late November. Heavy rainfalls are frequent this time of year.