Emma Schmitz Overlook lower access closed starting next week

Emma Schmitz Overlook’s lower access will be closed starting November 28th through December 9th to replace the rusty old handrails.

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Barking Dog Report: Wind Advisory with High Tide

Barking-Dog-ReportThe National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory starting at 9:00 am this morning and going though 3:00 pm this afternoon…this is just in time for a very high tide of 12.15 at 2:24 pm.

Remember, we call this a “barking dog report” because just like your neighbors dog that barks a little too much… sometimes there’s actually a reason for the barking. We issue a “barking dog report” when we think there is a good probability that we may have flooding from water coming over the bulkhead.

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA
435 AM PST SAT NOV 12 2016

...WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM THIS MORNING TO 3 PM
PST THIS AFTERNOON...

* TIMING...STRONGEST WINDS WILL OCCUR FROM 9 AM THIS MORNING
  THROUGH 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON.

* WINDS...SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH.

* IMPACTS...WINDS OF THIS MAGNITUDE CAN BREAK TREE LIMBS FALLING
  ONTO ROADS...VEHICLES...AND ROOFTOPS. ISOLATED POWER OUTAGES ARE
  POSSIBLE.

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The Puget Sound Marine forecast:

S WIND 15 TO 25 KT…BECOMING SW 20 TO 30 KT LATE IN THE
MORNING AND AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT…BUILDING TO 3 TO 5 FT.  RAIN IN THE MORNING…THEN A CHANCE OF RAIN IN THE AFTERNOON.

Wind Alert has the strongest gusts predicted around 11:00 am through 2:00 pm today.

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If not for the 12 foot tides and currently predicted strong southwest winds… I *might* not be yapping right now. And want to give neighbors as much notice as possible in the event some of us flood.

Weather forecast change constantly. These reports are from around 4:00 am this morning (not sure how current Wind Alerts reporting is).

Stay tuned and be safe!

Barking Dog Report – Round 2: Storm and High Wind Warnings

Barking-Dog-ReportWe have another stormy day ahead of us as the remains of Typhoon Songda hits our area. Today’s storm is supposed to be much stronger than yesterday.  Currently the National Weather Service has a “storm warning” for the Puget Sound and “high wind warning” for our region. Weather Guru Cliff Mass is warning people to stay away from trees during this storm as branches are likely to come down. Seattle’s Mayor recommends that we stay out of parks this weekend to avoid injury or worse from falling trees.

We’re issuing another “Barking Dog Report” because we are preparing for another day of water coming over the bulkhead. Even though the wind direction is not what we typically require for flooding for our home (SW), the winds are predicted to be powerful at the same time of higher tides.

The strongest winds are expected to hit our area in conjunction with higher tides. This afternoon’s high tide is an 11.9 at 4:45 pm.

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Here’s the current Puget Sound Marine Forecast:

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PUGET SOUND AND HOOD CANAL-
258 AM PDT SAT OCT 15 2016

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON
STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE
TONIGHT

TODAY
SE WIND 5 TO 15 KT EARLY…BECOMING E 15 TO 25 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS EARLY…BUILDING TO 2 TO 4 FT IN THE AFTERNOON. RAIN.

TONIGHT
S WIND 30 TO 40 KT WITH GUSTS NEAR 60 KT…EASING TO 20 TO 30 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 5 TO 7 FT…SUBSIDING TO 3 TO 5 FT AFTER MIDNIGHT. RAIN IN THE EVENING…THEN SCATTERED SHOWERS AFTER MIDNIGHT.

High Wind Warning from the National Weather Service:

High Wind Warning

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA
400 AM PDT SAT OCT 15 2016

EVERETT AND VICINITY-TACOMA AREA-HOOD CANAL AREA-
EAST PUGET SOUND LOWLANDS-BELLEVUE AND VICINITY-SEATTLE AND VICINITY-
BREMERTON AND VICINITY-
400 AM PDT SAT OCT 15 2016

...HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE PUGET SOUND REGION
FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 2 AM PDT SUNDAY...

* WIND...INCREASING FROM THE SOUTH AT 20 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS
  LOCALLY NEAR 60 MPH LATE THIS AFTERNOON BEFORE SUBSIDING LATER
  THIS EVENING.

* SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS...SEATTLE...EVERETT...TACOMA...
  BREMERTON...BRINNON...WOODINVILLE...BELLEVUE...AND SUMNER.

* TIMING...THE STRONGEST WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO OCCUR BETWEEN 4 PM
  AND 9 PM PDT.

* IMPACTS...HIGH WINDS CAN TOPPLE TREES ONTO ROADS...VEHICLES...
  AND ROOFTOPS. FALLING TREES OR LARGE BRANCHES HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO
  CAUSE FATALITIES DURING WINDSTORMS. DOWNED POWER LINES CAN
  CAUSE POWER OUTAGES LASTING A COUPLE OF HOURS OR LONGER.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

SECURE LOOSE OUTDOOR OBJECTS OR LIGHT WEIGHT FURNITURE BEFORE THE
STRONG WINDS ARRIVE. IF THERE IS A POWER OUTAGE, AVOID THE RISK
OF CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING BY KEEPING PORTABLE GENERATORS AND
BARBECUE GRILLS OUTDOORS.

Here’s Wind Alert‘s current chart for predicted winds by Lincoln Park.

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Yesterday is old news… however we did experience flooding at our home. It wasn’t nearly as bad as it could have been had the winds been more southwest. Thank you to our wonderful neighbors who stopped by to check on us and help out with the pumps. Our immediate neighbors did not seem to be impacted with flooding yesterday. I posted live videos on Facebook/beachdriveblog.

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Stay safe everyone! Charge up those cell phones, check those flashlights for batteries and check on your neighbors. Take care.

Wet, Wind and Waves

Well we made it through last night without having to fire up our pumps. Now we are waiting for the next high tide later this afternoon when winds are anticipated to be strong.

Our next high tide is at predicted to be 11.64 feet around 4:11 pm today.

Here is Wind Alert’s graph showing wind predictions for the Lincoln Park area.

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Check out the gust!!

Puget Sound Marine Forecast

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PUGET SOUND AND HOOD CANAL-
258 AM PDT FRI OCT 14 2016

GALE WARNING IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON
SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE TONIGHT

TODAY
S WIND 25 TO 35 KT…BECOMING 20 TO 30 KT IN THE
AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 4 TO 6 FT…SUBSIDING TO 3 TO 5 FT IN THE AFTERNOON. RAIN.

TONIGHT
S WIND 15 TO 25 KT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT. SHOWERS LIKELY.

SAT
S WIND 5 TO 15 KT…BECOMING SE 15 TO 25 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS…BUILDING TO 2 TO 4 FT IN THE AFTERNOON. RAIN LIKELY IN THE MORNING…THEN RAIN IN THE AFTERNOON.

SAT NIGHT
SE WIND 35 TO 45 KT…BECOMING S 25 TO 35 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 6 TO 8 FT…SUBSIDING TO 4 TO 6 FT AFTER MIDNIGHT.

The direction of the winds today, per The Weather Channel, are actually south southwest. This is more concerning for our home as we tend to flood with a SW wind (assuming the tide is high enough and winds are strong).

Our home will be “on alert” later this afternoon as our next opportunity to have water come over our bulkhead approaches with the high tide around 4:00 pm

But wait…it’s not over yet! We have Saturday’s storm which local forecasters are saying will be a whopper. 

URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA
449 AM PDT FRI OCT 14 2016
SOUTHWEST INTERIOR-EVERETT AND VICINITY-TACOMA AREA-HOOD CANAL AREA-
BELLEVUE AND VICINITY-SEATTLE AND VICINITY-BREMERTON AND VICINITY-
449 AM PDT FRI OCT 14 2016

…WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM PDT THIS EVENING…
…HIGH WIND WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH
LATE SATURDAY NIGHT…
…HIGH WIND WARNING HAS ENDED…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SEATTLE HAS ISSUED A WIND ADVISORY…
WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM PDT THIS EVENING. THE HIGH WIND
WARNING HAS ENDED.

* TIMING…SOUTHERLY WINDS WILL RISE AGAIN MIDDAY TODAY AND PEAK
THIS AFTERNOON OR EARLY EVENING…THEN EASE TEMPORARILY
TONIGHT. A STRONGER STORM WILL ARRIVE SATURDAY EVENING WITH HIGH
WINDS LIKELY.

* WINDS…SOUTH WINDS 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH
TODAY…STRONGEST MIDDAY THROUGH AFTERNOON. SOUTH WINDS 20 TO 40
MPH WITH GUSTS TO 65 MPH ARE POSSIBLE SATURDAY NIGHT.

* IMPACTS…THERE WERE SCATTERED POWER OUTAGES OVERNIGHT…AND
MORE ARE POSSIBLE WITH THE WINDS TODAY. TREE DAMAGE IS TYPICALLY
GREATER THIS EARLY IN THE SEASON…SO KEEP IN MIND THAT FALLING
LIMBS AND TREES ARE AN OCCASIONAL CAUSE OF INJURY AND FATALITY
DURING WESTERN WASHINGTON WINDSTORMS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT WINDS OF 35 MPH ARE EXPECTED WITH GUSTS
AS HIGH AS 50 MPH. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING
DIFFICULT…ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA
CAUTION.

A HIGH WIND WATCH MEANS THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR A HAZARDOUS HIGH
WIND EVENT. SUSTAINED WINDS OF AT LEAST 40 MPH…OR GUSTS OF 58 MPH
OR STRONGER MAY OCCUR. CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

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Saturday’s high tides are a 10.77 at 4:44 am and a 11.9 at 4:45 pm.

Stay safe, my friends! Looks like you may have a couple hours to prepare, if you haven’t already.

Storms anticipated to be worse than expected

The National Weather Service have recently updated the forecast for the storm coming in tonight and the following storm on Saturday. [Read more…]

High Wind Warning starts 6:00 pm tonight

From the National Weather Service: [Read more…]

Updated Special Weather Statement

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA
939 PM PDT WED OCT 12 2016 [Read more…]

Barking Dog Report: High Winds, Rain and Waves

Barking-Dog-ReportIt’s been a while since we’ve issued a “Barking Dog Report”.  A “barking dog report” is something we post when we are preparing for possible flooding. Similar to a neighbor’s barking dog, there may be a real threat or it may not be. We spent yesterday getting pumps out and preparing for potential flooding (actually, it’s our standard winter prep for living on Puget Sound). [Read more…]

Lost Dog: Have you seen Zuki; UPDATE – ZUKI IS HOME

UPDATE: Great news – Zuki is back home with his humans. 🙂

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Lost dog: James: UPDATE – FOUND DOG!!

Have you seen James? He is a Basenji with tan and white markings. He’s skitterish and was seen running south on Beach Drive and up along Jacobsen.
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Update 5:15… James is safe back home after his two hour adventure. Thanks to all the neighbors and friends who looked for the lil’ stinker!