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Play had been under way for all of two deliveries after a lunch interval during which a south-coast sea fret gradually descended.
Points when the audience found themselves in the middle of a rolling sea fret and the eerie spectre made her way through the auditorium, really added to the spine-tingling atmosphere.
AllturnsoutfineforFox Dominic Fox turned a bad day into a good one when emerging from the sea fret with a clear lead on the Roger Varian-trained sound hearts to take the 1m2f fillies' handicap.
This inflammation of subcutaneous tissue (I looked it up) is brighter than a Belisha beacon and when I went to the East Coast at the weekend, I was asked to stand on Flamborough Head during a particularly heavy sea fret as a warning to shipping.
And they got lucky as the sea fret had made conditions almost impossible just half an hour after the conclusion of the final event.
Yesterday, his 121 from 258 balls, with 15 fours, eased his side towards promotion while Warwickshire, so buoyant amid the south-coast sea fret three months ago, toiled away punchlessly, their own promotion hopes paralysed.
Not everyone saw the best of the weather, with sea fret |blotting out the sun at St Mary's Lighthouse
And the Mouth of the Tyne Festival gives Tynemouth residents a much-needed warm glow to keep persevering through the North Sea fret.
There's no better place to be than Goodwood in the height of a hot summer, but arguably there's no worse place to be when it lashes down or a sea fret comes in and reduces visibility to no more than 50 yards.
But a few miles away on the coast at Redcar, a chilling sea fret kept day trippers cooler than they'd probably have liked.
But events got under way yesterday even though a lingering sea fret meant boat trips to the island still could not go ahead.
A sea fret promised to put a damper on things at Redcar.