High Wind Watch for Friday

The National Weather Service has just issued a “High Wind Watch” from 10 am through
6pm Friday…check out how someone spelled Bellevue below 😉 This is right in time
for high tide which is predicted to be at 11.72 feet at 10:12 am Friday.

1143 AM PST Thu Dec 13 2018

…HIGH WIND WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH
FRIDAY EVENING…

* WIND…South wind potentially 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph.

* SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS…Seattle, Bellview, Tacoma and
Bremerton.

* TIMING…10 AM Friday morning through 6 PM Friday evening.

Currently, Wind Alert’s predictions are not as exciting as what the National Weather Service’s Wind Watch.

This time of year, Scupper and I start to feel a bit like “Chicken Little” with all
of our warnings and Barking Dog Reports…we feel it’s always better to be safe than
sorry when it comes to dealing with Mother Nature.

Stay tuned!

Gale Warning and Wind Advisory

Our neighborhood barking dog is whimpering again tonight with the strong winds that are in the forecast. Our next high tide predicted to be a 11.85 feet at 9:30 tomorrow morning.

Puget Sound Marine forecast:

GALE WARNING IN EFFECT THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING

TONIGHT  S wind 25 to 35 kt. Wind waves 4 to 6 ft. Rain.  

THU  S wind 25 to 35 kt easing to 15 to 25 kt in the afternoon.  Wind waves 4 to 6 ft subsiding to 2 to 4 ft in the afternoon.  Rain.

 THU NIGHT  S wind 15 to 25 kt. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft. A chance  of rain.

Here’s the Wind Advisory published just after 3:00 pm today

…WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON PST THURSDAY…

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a Wind Advisory, which is in effect until noon PST Thursday. * WIND…South wind 20 to 35 MPH with gusts to 50 MPH. * SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS… * TIMING…Wind rising during the evening and peaking Thursday morning. * IMPACTS…Winds may be strong enough to down tree limbs, causing local power outages.

Checking out Wind Alert, gusts are predicted to be around 38-39 mph around high tide tomorrow morning.

Stay tuned!

 

Barking Dog Report: On Watch for Friday

EDITORS NOTE: Please scroll to the bottom of this post for updates.

If you’re a long time reader of Beach Drive Blog, then you’re most likely familiar with “the Barking Dog Report”. We issue a “Barking Dog Report” when we think there is a strong possibility that our Beach Drive home may flood from waves coming over the bulkhead. Sometimes, much like a neighbors barking dog (and the weatherman), we may be off and there is no issue. However, we think it’s always good to prepare for worse case scenario for those few times that flooding does occur.

For this report, we’re more of a concerned dog that’s sniffing the air for what may come this Friday. What has our ears pulled back this morning? Check out the current data from Wind Alert.


You can see by the bottom graph for this week that we’re going to be in for some stormy, windy weather… however, if Friday’s current forecast holds true, we could have gusts as high as 62 mph around 1:00 pm!

High tide is predicted to be 11.72 feet at 10:12 am on Friday, which is when the wind really appears to start picking up based on this morning’s chart from Wind Alert. At 1:00 p.m., tides are predicted to be around 10 feet…but with winds that strong, waves should be pretty intense.

Again, I hope we’re barking for nothing, just like your neighbor’s dog. It doesn’t hurt to be prepared for a big storm…just in case!

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PS PS: Stay tuned! Weather is such a moving target! As 12:54 pm (a few hours since publishing this post) Wind Alert is showing the strongest gust on Friday to be “only” 46 mph at 4:00 am.

UPDATE: As of 8:00 a.m. December 12, 2018, it looks like Friday will be a non-event. Thursday looks stormy but nothing like what we had originally shared on this post. 🙂

 

Sea lion #11?

Yesterday, yet another sea lion has drifted upon the shores around West Seattle. This one conveniently floated around the rip-rap sea wall right into the Don Armeni Boat Ramp. Although this sea lion wasn’t immediately pronounced “shot” by the person performing the necropsy, odds are pretty good according to recent history. Robin Lindsey of Seal Sitters informed me that it would be a couple of days following X-rays to determine cause of death.

Seal Sitters tape off latest victim.

The following video was taken yesterday afternoon , December 4th as a crew of folks worked to turn the large mammal over for examination. I can tell you now that it’s good practice to stay upwind!

 

Scupper. reporting for Beach Drive Blog

Argosy Christmas Ships passing by this Friday

Argosy2008The Argosy Christmas Ships are scheduled to sail along Beach Drive this upcoming Friday, December 7, 2018.  They are scheduled to be at Lowman Beach Park at 7:55 p.m. and then arrive at Alki Beach Park at 11:40 p.m.

Currently the weather for Friday looks like it will be cold and without rain. 🙂

 

 

 

 

Darby Winery popping cork on new WS tasting room

Long time West Seattle resident Darby English is in the process of remodeling a small space just around the corner of Easy Street Records for showcasing his wines. The target date to be pouring was to coincide with the Christmas holidays but construction times may delay it a bit.

Darby is excited to open a tasting room just about 3 blocks from where he first started making wine in his garage back in early 2000’s. Since those early days, Darby’s wine will routinely score 90 plus points by Wine Spectator and others.

As he made the last tennis ball throw for his silver lab puppy, I put Darby on the spot with one of my signature hard hitting questions… “can we bring our dogs into the new tasting room?” “Heck ya, we don’t serve food!”

Cheers, see you there.

 

Scupper, reporting for Beach Drive Blog

 

 

 

UPDATE: FOUND! LOST DOG: Have you seen Hilo?

UPDATE: Hilo has been reunited with her family!!!  According to her facebook page, she was found near Lincoln Park. All tails are wagging at our home that this is a happy ending.

Hilo has been seen in the Seaview neighborhood and on Beach Drive.

This message is from her owners:

She is a 9.5 year old lab mix. 42 pounds – thin build. Black coat with white chest and back paws. Grey muzzle. Orange flower collar. Chipped and tagged. Spayed. Lots of dental work. Very shy, will not approach humans.

Please tell people, if they spot her to call us immediately at 814-441-8271. If possible, calmly try to keep her in view. Don’t approach. Don’t call her name. Don’t make eye contact. Crouch low and if you have treats drop some on the ground. She might come to you, but if you pursue she’ll definitely run.

Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts.

We hope Hilo and her humans are reunited soon!

Sailboat aground at Emma Schmitz Viewpoint

EDITORS NOTE: Scroll down for updates to this post.

morning, SV Pointless buoy pulled up and she drifted into the rocks at Emma Schmitz View Point.

I know about SV Pointless because she belongs to my husband, aka Beach Drive Blog’s intrepid reporter, Scupper.

It has been gut-wrenching to watch. We are forever grateful to our wonderful neighbors who have stopped by to help and who have sent well wishes.

The Coast Guard will not tow a boat that’s ashore. They were only really interested in protecting life (understandably) and were willing to rescue hubby if needed.

SPD’s crew has to get through the locks before they can do anything – that’s an hour wait. The Seattle Fire Department was the only contact we had and, like the Coast Guard, they will not tow either.

Vessel Assist would not come out because of the small craft advisory.

Over the years, we’ve heard from neighbors who enjoy having SV Pointless as part of their view. It’s been a sign of summer. Let’s hope she can be safely recovered.

UPDATE October 4, 2018:

Photo credit: Pamela K Volkman Garrett

Photo credit: Pamela K Volkman Garrett

S/V Pointless was successfully removed from the shores Emma Schmitz Viewpoint yesterday thanks to Global Salvage and many neighbors and friends, including fine folks from West Seattle Yacht Club.

She is now “on the hard” where she is being surveyed for damage. Scupper and First Mate Pat were aboard for her journey to Ballard and report that there were no noticeable leaks.

I’m sure she will be back for our viewing pleasure next summer OFF the shores of Beach Drive.

Photo credit: Rhonda Porter, unless otherwise noted.

Happening Now at Mee Kwa Mooks

There is a large gathering of motorcyclist at Mee Kwa Mooks park.  Right now, as I write this post, there are about 80 bikes and there are anticipated to be 400 bikes joining the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride. This fundraiser takes place worldwide today.

 

Found: Blue Parakeet

A Beach Drive neighbor says:

“Spotted a lost blue parakeet on the railing near the north end of Constellation Park at Benton Pl SW & Beach Dr SW about 2:40 this afternoon. It then flew from the water side of the street to the pine trees at the north end of the treatment plant.”