We have very strong northerly winds this afternoon along with higher tides. King Tides officially started this afternoon and continue through the 27th for November.
Late this afternoon, the King County Ferry opted not to dock at Alki after two attempts. Video credits to Scupper.
Passengers were waiting on the Alki dock hoping they’ll get a refund for not being able to board.
Thanks to Michele, a friend of Beach Drive Blog for sending us these pics!
Here’s some videos I captured of this afternoon along Alki. Please pardon my shaky hands.
This north of the volley ball pits with the kite surfer.
This is by 61st and Alki.
This is at the end of the park as it heads towards Alki point, looking back towards Seattle.
This person braved the waves (see the person in the mist to the right).
I’m so glad that I was able to witness this event and hope the home owners along Alki weathered this okay and are safe.
We just spied the USS John C. Stennis returning to her home port of Bremerton.
While doing a little research, I found this CNN documentary about the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) that I’d thought I’d share.
We have some very windy weather in the forecast for Tuesday. The winds are predicted to start today and build through Tuesday. We have a small craft advisory in effect through tonight followed by a Gale Watch on Tuesday.
A High Wind Watch as been issued starting 6:00 am Tuesday morning through midnight. A “high wind watch” is defined by the National Weather Service as:
A HIGH WIND WATCH MEANS THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR A DAMAGING WIND EVENT. SUSTAINED WINDS OF AT LEAST 40 MPH AND/OR GUSTS OF 58 MPH OR STRONGER MAY OCCUR.
Based on the current forecast (see below), we are preparing for the possibility of flooding due to the high winds, high tide and the predicted waves.
This is what we at BDB have referred to as a “barking dog report”. It may be that we’re just being a friendly neighborhood dog, howling at nothing, or this really could be an event that is legitimately cause for concern. Of course, we hope it’s all a big to-do over nothing.
…HIGH WIND WATCH IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY MORNING THROUGH TUESDAY EVENING…
TODAY…BECOMING WINDY. CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF RAIN IN THE MORNING…THEN RAIN AT TIMES IN THE AFTERNOON. RAINFALL AMOUNTS A TENTH TO A QUARTER OF AN INCH POSSIBLE. HIGHS IN THE MID 40S TO LOWER 50S. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 20 MPH INCREASING TO 20 TO 30 MPH THIS AFTERNOON.
TONIGHT...WINDY. RAIN AT TIMES. RAINFALL AMOUNTS A TENTH TO A QUARTER OF AN INCH POSSIBLE. LOWS IN THE 40S. SOUTH WIND 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT.
TUESDAY…VERY WINDY. RAIN. RAINFALL AMOUNTS A QUARTER TO A HALF INCH POSSIBLE. HIGHS IN THE MID TO UPPER 50S. SOUTHWEST WIND 20 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 60 MPH.
TUESDAY NIGHT…WINDY. RAIN AT TIMES IN THE EVENING…THEN SHOWERS AFTER MIDNIGHT. RAINFALL AMOUNTS A TENTH TO A QUARTER OF AN INCH POSSIBLE. LOWS IN THE UPPER 30S TO MID 40S. SOUTHWEST WIND 15 TO 30 MPH SOUTH PART…NORTHWEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH NORTH PART. WIND BECOMING SOUTHWEST 10 TO 20 MPH ALL AREAS AFTER MIDNIGHT.
TODAY S WIND 10 TO 20 KT…RISING TO 20 TO 30 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 1 TO 3 FT…BUILDING TO 3 TO 5 FT IN THE AFTERNOON. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF RAIN IN THE MORNING…THEN RAIN IN THE AFTERNOON.
TONIGHT S WIND 20 TO 30 KT. WIND WAVES 3 TO 5 FT. RAIN.
TUE SW WIND 25 TO 35 KT…RISING TO 35 TO 45 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 4 TO 6 FT…BUILDING TO 6 TO 8 FT IN THE AFTERNOON. RAIN.
TUE NIGHT W WIND 25 TO 35 KT…BECOMING SW 15 TO 25 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 4 TO 6 FT…SUBSIDING TO 2 TO 4 FT AFTER MIDNIGHT.
Check out the tides. We have a 11.71 high tide at 9:13 Tuesday morning. The tides are predicted to go down to a 6.5 at 3:15 pm and then up to a 8.66 at 7:57 Tuesday night.
Wind Alert shows the winds building with gusts over 45 mph starting at high tide and continuing throughout the afternoon. This wind graph is of Fauntleroy.
We currently have a Wind Advisory in effect through Friday afternoon along with a Gale Warning for Puget Sound.
…WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM PST FRIDAY…
TONIGHT…WINDY…RAIN. RAINFALL AMOUNTS A QUARTER TO A HALF INCH POSSIBLE. LOWS IN THE MID 40S TO LOWER 50S. SOUTH WIND 20 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH.
FRIDAY…WINDY…RAIN. RAINFALL AMOUNTS A HALF INCH TO ONE INCH POSSIBLE. HIGHS IN THE MID 50S TO LOWER 60S. SOUTH WIND 20 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH.
FRIDAY NIGHT…RAIN. RAIN MAY BE HEAVY AT TIMES AFTER MIDNIGHT. RAINFALL AMOUNTS OVER ONE INCH POSSIBLE. LOWS IN THE MID 40S TO LOWER 50S. SOUTHWEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH BECOMING NORTHEAST AFTER MIDNIGHT.
TONIGHT S WIND 25 TO 35 KT. WIND WAVES 4 TO 6 FT. RAIN.
FRI S WIND 25 TO 35 KT. WIND WAVES 4 TO 6 FT. RAIN.
FRI NIGHT SW WIND 15 TO 25 KT…BECOMING NE TO 10 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT…SUBSIDING TO 1 FT OR LESS AFTER MIDNIGHT. RAIN.
We have tide of 10.28 at 4:54 tonight followed by a higher tide of 11.64 at 6:57 tomorrow morning.
Several onlookers lined the sidewalk along Emma Schmitz Memorial Overlook watching a nearby Orca pod. The whales have been spotted all over the area for the last couple of days according to West Seattle Blog reports. The Orca are most likely chasing the large fall chum salmon run which contains nearly 90% of the entire annual chum numbers that migrate down to central & south Puget Sound.
It was also reported that The Whale Trail organization has spotted other aquatic species in the area as well.
Well, maybe not ALL of them…
Scupper, reporting for Beach Drive Blog
Trick-or-Treater’s may need to hang on tight to their goody bags tonight. The Wind Advisory has been extended until tomorrow night.
…WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM PST SUNDAY…
TONIGHT…WINDY. SHOWERS IN THE EVENING…THEN SHOWERS AND A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS AFTER MIDNIGHT. RAINFALL AMOUNTS A QUARTER TO A HALF INCH POSSIBLE…EXCEPT HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE IN THUNDERSTORMS. LOWS IN THE MID 40S TO LOWER 50S. SOUTH WIND 15 TO 25 MPH BECOMING SOUTHWEST 15 TO 30 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT. GUSTS TO 45 MPH.
SUNDAY…WINDY. SHOWERS AND A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. RAINFALL AMOUNTS A QUARTER TO A HALF INCH POSSIBLE…EXCEPT HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE IN THUNDERSTORMS. HIGHS IN THE MID TO UPPER 50S. SOUTH WIND 15 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH.
SUNDAY NIGHT…SHOWERS LIKELY. RAINFALL AMOUNTS A QUARTER TO A HALF INCH POSSIBLE. LOWS IN THE 40S. SOUTHWEST WIND 10 TO 20 MPH. GUSTS TO 30 MPH.
Tomorrow morning, high tide of 11.66 will be at 9:04 am.
PS: Don’t forget to set your clocks back tonight.
SDOT’s new levy project to move most of Seattle sounds like another great plan for West Seattle (remember the monorail Green Line?). Status quo with more bike lanes and speed enforcement is exactly what we need! Let’s take closer look at each enhancement…
Fauntleroy Way: Key elements include paving, adding a protected bike lane, transit enhancements, and signal upgrades, improving safety and reliability for all travelers. Sounds terrific for Vashon Island comutters. How much $ are they contributing again??
Roxbury Street & 35th Ave: Over the last three years, 294 collisions, 128 injuries, and 2 fatalities have occurred. We are currently planning and designing near-term safety improvements paired with education and enforcement, working towards the city’s Vision. I believe a majority of these accidents occur from drivers slamming on their breaks trying to avoid the traffic-cop camera’s mailing out $190 tickets for doing 22 in a 20mph School Zone… when lights are flashing or children present or distracted by taking your eyes off the road to get a read on the myriad of signs designed to “educate us”.
SW Alaska Street: The levy would provide funding to make safety improvements like redesigning the roadway. That’s an easy one. Just put the design back to where it was before adding the “bus only” & the staggered right turn only lane. Can you imagine being an out-of-towner trying to drive that stretch all the way to the junction?
Admiral Way: Project Goals
- Encourage slower speeds Tell that to the bikers doing 40 mph down the hill.
- Reduce collisions Collisions happen.
- Accommodate existing maximum on-street parking occupancy There’s plenty of occupancy in motor homes & vans along Beach Drive.
- Provide a comfortable and predictable bike connection between Alki and California Ave business district Why just bikes?
Here’s a more comprehensive plan that’s much more inclusive to our residents…
The rest of the levy just repairs what we already have at a cost of $275 per year per household (median household of 450K) as opposed to the $130 we’re currently paying with the Bridge the Gap levy.
I’m convinced that the rest of the city just believes we West Seattleites love a good parade and need to slow down. While crawling in traffic between Admiral & Fauntleroy junctions yesterday, I reminisced of escorting my HiYu princess along California Ave. I wanted to roll down my window and give the float wave to all the angry impatient drivers heading the other way.
If you ask me, the rest of the city better look out. Old timers tell us it only took 71 years to get the high level bridge over the Duwamish!
Seattleites endured in trying to secure a high-level bridge that would get them to and from “the mainland” without being held up by boat traffic along the Duwamish River.
West Seattleites began campaigning for the bridge in 1916 and at one point threatened to secede from the city if it didn’t deliver.
Thank goodness we now have the West Seattle Bridge. Where else can you sit in traffic all day, soak in the wonderful views and dream of the day Starbucks can land a 4th cup of jo on your car hood’s drone pad.
They first named Alki “little New York” when the city founders came ashore. Now with all the new high density residential buildings coming on-line, we are becoming the “little Manhattan Island” of Seattle and could use a transportation plan that helps us get around.
Scupper, blathering opinions on Beach Drive Blog (My wife, the blog boss, only allows me 1 opinion per year!)