Better watch your step!

If you’re one of the many humans being walked by your dog along Beach Drive, you may be wondering when the Mutt Mitt boxes will be refilled. You’re going to have “hold it” until at least year-end according to the Seattle Parks people I’ve talked to. Lack of funding and having to prioritize needs will be the theme for the remainder of this year.

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One thought is to load up our local boxes with those biodegradable produce bags you get from grocery shopping. These boxes are located along Beach Drive at Cormorant Park, Mee-Kwa-Mooks, Lowman Beach, and the north entrance to Lincoln Park. I’d eat my (clean) shoe if Seattle Parks funds bags over employees in the foreseeable future.

 

Scupper, reporting for Beach Drive Blog

Are you missing an industrial pontoon boat?

It looks like a dock has lifted anchor and is now off the shores of (approx) 4800 – 5000 Beach Drive SW.  My apologies for the poor photo quality.

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120 Homes without power on Beach Drive

It appears the powerful winds tonight have brought down a tree or branches along with a power line causing 120 homes to be without power.

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We are watching transformers blowing across the sound at Maury and Manchester (we believe). Looks like Manchester has power back on at this time. We had our power blip off and back on.

Hang on to your hats – we still have a couple hours of this wind warning to get through.

Howling Winds in the Forecast Tonight: Barking Dog Report

Barking-Dog-ReportFor those newer to Beach Drive Blog, one of the main reasons why we started this neighborhood site was to help keep the neighborhood informed of potential weather situations. I’m often surprised when neighbors are caught completely off guard or are not prepared for potential flooding. A “barking dog report” is kind of like your neighbors dog that’s barking – it could mean trouble or nothing at all. At the very least, it may serve as a reminder to be prepared for big storms.

So what’s triggering this “barking dog” is that we have wind gusts up to 60 mph in Seattle tonight. Eeee gahds!  We have a HIGH WIND WARNING in effect starting at 8:00 pm tonight and ending at 2:00 am.

From the NWS: A HIGH WIND WARNING MEANS THAT A HAZARDOUS WIND EVENT IS IMMINENT OR OCCURRING.

Check out the current forecast (and be sure to check back as forecast do change).

Seattle City Forecast

…HIGH WIND WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM THIS EVENING TO 2 AM PDT SUNDAY…

TONIGHT…VERY WINDY. RAIN IN THE EVENING…THEN SHOWERS AFTER MIDNIGHT. RAINFALL AMOUNTS A QUARTER TO A HALF INCH POSSIBLE. LOWS IN THE MID 40S TO LOWER 50S. SOUTH WIND 25 TO 40 MPH BECOMING SOUTHWEST AFTER MIDNIGHT. GUSTS TO 60 MPH.

SUNDAY…BREEZY. SHOWERS LIKELY. RAINFALL AMOUNTS A TENTH TO A QUARTER OF AN INCH POSSIBLE. HIGHS IN THE 50S. SOUTHWEST WIND 15 TO 25 MPH.

SUNDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF SHOWERS. LOWS IN THE MID 40S TO LOWER 50S. EAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH BECOMING SOUTH AFTER MIDNIGHT.

National Weather Service

  • Late Afternoon:  Rain. Steady temperature around 57. Windy, with a south wind around 30 mph, with gusts as high as 41 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
  • Tonight: Showers. Low around 49. Windy, with a southwest wind 35 to 40 mph decreasing to 28 to 33 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
  • Sunday: Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 18 to 23 mph decreasing to 9 to 14 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Puget Sound Marine Forecast

 GALE WARNING IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT    

TONIGHT  N WIND 10 TO 20 KT EARLY…BECOMING SW AND RISING TO 25  TO 35 KT IN THE EVENING. WIND WAVES 1 TO 3 FT…BUILDING TO 4 TO 6  FT. RAIN IN THE EVENING…THEN SHOWERS AFTER MIDNIGHT.  

SUN  SW WIND 15 TO 25 KT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT. SHOWERS LIKELY.  

SUN NIGHT  SW WIND 10 TO 20 KT…BECOMING S 5 TO O 15 KT. WIND WAVES  1 TO 3 FT. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS.

And last… but not least… the tides

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It looks like we may miss any serious flooding (green-water spilling over the bulkhead). Tonight’s high tide is 10.7 ft just before 6:00 pm.  If the strong winds blow in at 8:00 pm, then tides should be around 8 feet (give or take)… however if you add 4 to 6 foot waves to the mix, it could be interesting. The good news is that the tides will be heading down until midnight.

The main reason for the “barking dog” is that if the wind warning lives up to forecast with 60 mph winds, we could see downed tree branches, loss of power, etc. If you have any umbrellas or other potential projectiles outside, you may want to make sure everything is secure.

 

 

 

Lost Brown Dog found on 63rd

UPDATE: DOG AND HUMAN HAVE BEEN REUNITED.losst dog oct 19
This handsome dog is running loose around 63rd off of Beach Drive and needs to be reunited with his or her human. Do you know who he/she belongs to?

Happening Now: The Salty Half Marathon

2014-10-18 09.58.41Keep an eye out for marathoner’s running and walking along Beach Drive this morning. They’re taking part in the 6th annual Salty Half marathon.

Small Craft Advisory, Wind and Waves

The National Weather Service has issued a small craft advisory until 11:00 tonight and the local weather reports say we could have gusts tonight up to 30 mph. We’ve moved our sailboat back to the marina for the winter expecting our beautiful fall to start displaying more typical fall weather…and here we are!

Here are the most recent reports through Wednesday, as of the publishing of this post:

PUGET SOUND MARINE FORECAST

 TONIGHT  S WIND 15 TO 25 KT…EASING TO 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES  2 TO 4 FT…SUBSIDING. RAIN.

 TUE  S WIND TO 10 KT. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. SHOWERS.

 TUE NIGHT  S WIND TO 10 KT. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. SHOWERS.  

WED  S WIND RISING TO 15 TO 25 KT. WIND WAVES BUILDING TO 2 TO  4 FT.

SEATTLE FORECAST

TONIGHT…RAIN. RAINFALL AMOUNTS A HALF INCH TO ONE INCH POSSIBLE. LOWS IN THE LOWER TO MID 50S. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 20 MPH. GUSTS TO 30 MPH IN THE EVENING.

TUESDAY…SHOWERS. RAINFALL AMOUNTS A TENTH TO A QUARTER OF AN INCH POSSIBLE. HIGHS NEAR 60. SOUTH WIND TO 10 MPH.

TUESDAY NIGHT…SHOWERS LIKELY 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 NEAR 50. SOUTHEAST WIND TO 10 MPH BECOMING SOUTH AFTER MIDNIGHT.

WEDNESDAY…SHOWERS AND A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. RAINFALL AMOUNTS A TENTH TO A QUARTER OF AN INCH POSSIBLE…EXCEPT HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE IN THUNDERSTORMS. HIGHS NEAR 60. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT…SHOWERS LIKELY AND A CHANCE OF EVENING THUNDERSTORMS. RAINFALL AMOUNTS LESS THAN A TENTH OF AN INCH LIKELY…EXCEPT HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE IN THUNDERSTORMS. LOWS NEAR 50. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.

….now where are my rain boots?

Got stale corn chips? Fee-e-e-e-e-ed the Goats!

Well it looks like the off-again/on-again feeder for the goats off Jacobsen Street is officially gone. We have not had chance to chat with owners to learn why the feeder is down. They do have a sign that welcomes all to feed the lovely goats their favorite snack, corn chips, and to keep visiting Bama, JJ and Deli. The bell is gone too…my hunch is that one of the neighbors wasn’t too happy with it. However, if you call the goats names and give a few hearty “ba-a-a-a-ah”s, they will make their way up the hill to visit you and enjoy any snacks you have to offer.

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Instead of throwing our old chips, crackers or tortillas into the yard waste, we’re keeping them for our neighborhood goats.

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Aren’t they cute!

‘Tis the Season to check your Mooring Sytem

2014-09-09_2024If you have a boat anchored and/or on a buoy in Puget Sound, there’s no time like the present to make sure that everything is in top ship shape.  We are considering moving our  anchored sailboat for the next couple days based on current forecast.

Puget Sound Marine Forecast:

 WED  N WIND 5 TO 15 KT BECOMING 10 TO 20 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND  WAVES 1 TO 3 FT. PATCHY FOG IN THE MORNING.  

WED NIGHT  N WIND 15 TO 25 KT EASING TO 10 TO 20 KT AFTER  MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 1 TO 4 FT.  

THU  NE WIND 10 TO 20 KT. WIND WAVES 1 TO 3 FT.  

THU NIGHT  N WIND 15 TO 25 KT EASING TO 10 TO 20 KT AFTER  MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 1 TO 4 FT.

Seattle City Forecast:

WEDNESDAY…PARTLY SUNNY IN THE MORNING THEN BECOMING SUNNY. HIGHS NEAR 70. NORTH WIND TO 10 MPH INCREASING TO 10 TO 20 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOWS IN THE LOWER TO MID 50S. NORTH WIND 10 TO 20 MPH.

THURSDAY…SUNNY. HIGHS IN THE MID TO UPPER 70S. EAST WIND 10 TO 20 MPH.

THURSDAY NIGHT…CLEAR. LOWS IN THE LOWER TO MID 50S. NORTH WIND 10 TO 20 MPH.

National Weather Service:

  • Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 71. North wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 11 to 16 mph in the afternoon.
  • Wednesday Nigh  tMostly clear, with a low around 55. North wind 13 to 21 mph.
  • Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 76. North northeast wind 8 to 10 mph.
  • Thursday Nigh  tClear, with a low around 53. North wind 9 to 17 mph.

Of course forecast change… so please be sure to check for current updates. Just thought we would share our potential plans… it could be that hubby is just trying to get in some extra sailing before the boat is moored until next sailing season.

A message from the Seal Sitters

We just received this notice of a seal pup along with a reminder of what to do when you spot a seal pup.

Hi, Rhonda.

I was hoping you might be able to get the word out that Seal Sitters is on the lookout for a very thin harbor seal pup who is using private shoreline along Beach Drive to rest. Yesterday, the pup was in the 5900 block. With such a high tide last evening the pup likely was forced back into the Sound, however, may have sought shelter on a cement ramp or stairs along there.

If you see a pup, please stay well back and contact our hotline immediately at 206-905-SEAL (7325). It may be this pup, Tigger, who was first sighted and protected at Lincoln Park on Sunday morning (you can read our blubberblog post here: http://blubberblog.org/files/c9829896053c3c3c0807550ce5eb1f43-606.html).

Yesterday evening, we rescued a different terribly thin pup along Beach Drive who had numerous bite wounds to the head, neck and body. This is the SECOND bite wound pup we have had in the past few weeks along the stretch of beach from Lincoln Park to Emma Schmitz, all notorious for off-leash dogs. While we do not know for sure yet what animal inflicted the wounds, it is a fact that dogs maul seal pups – sometimes resulting in death – every year in Puget Sound. We are pleading with dog owners to please refrain from letting their dog onto the beach – especially unleashed and unaccompanied by owner.

This is the height of  harbor seal pupping season in our area and newly-weaned (along with a few still nursing-age) pups will be trying to rest on West Seattle beaches for the upcoming months. These weaners are most always quite thin and vulnerable. Each day is truly a life and death struggle for them. Please report any harbor seal you see resting on the beach, private or public – dead or alive.

And please remember it is against Federal law (Marine Mammal Protection Act) to touch, move or feed a seal pup. Yesterday evening, a well-intentioned soul wrapped the second Beach Drive pup in a towel, which can cause brain damage and death to a pup as he tries to regulate his body temperature and overheats. The pup was taken to rehab last night and we will keep you posted on the pup’s condition.

If you see a pup on your beach, always stay back, keep dogs away and call our hotline and a trained – and NOAA-authorized – first responder will be there shortly.

Thanks so much to all of you for your help!