Purple Starfish survives off Beach Drive!

Given all the depressing news about sea-star populations wasting away in Puget Sound (as well as along many other west coast shorelines), I thought I would check for myself during this afternoon’s low tide. I snapped this pic at a large rock formation located at the edge of the 2.5 tide…

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I didn’t have time to count all the toes but I can report that all the arms of these stars looked perfectly healthy!

 

Scupper, reporting for Beach Drive Blog

Eve of the Seahawk’s NFC Championship

As you can probably tell, we are very excited about tomorrow’s big game and look forward to adding another NFC Championship banner.

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…I must confess – we have our Christmas tree still up… and we are leaving it up until we win the Super Bowl – the ornaments are down (we have a new puppy who was having too much fun them)… it’s only silly if it doesn’t work. Right?

How are you celebrating tomorrow’s big game?

GO HAWKS!!

 

 

Wind Waves, Thunderstorms and SEAHAWKS!

Seahawk fans won’t be the only ones making lots of noise this afternoon… ol’ Mother Nature will be chiming in too.

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory through midnight. Just prior to kick off today, at 12:48pm we are at a high tide of 11.08. Combine that with the winds and waves and we could see some blue and green waters coming over Beach Drive bulkheads.

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Wet Wind and Waves

We’re in for some blustery weather combined with some high tides today and tomorrow…could be pretty interesting around kick off tomorrow.

City of Seattle:

TODAY…CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF SHOWERS IN THE MORNING…THEN RAIN IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGHS IN THE MID 40S TO LOWER 50S. SOUTHWEST WIND 10 TO 20 MPH BECOMING SOUTH 10 TO 15 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.

TONIGHT…WINDY…RAIN. RAIN MAY BE HEAVY AT TIMES. LOWS IN THE 40S. SOUTH WIND 20 TO 35 MPH. GUSTS TO 40 MPH INCREASING TO 50 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT.

SATURDAY…WINDY. RAIN IN THE MORNING…THEN SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGHS NEAR 50. SOUTHWEST WIND 15 TO 30 MPH BECOMING SOUTH 20 TO 30 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON. GUSTS TO 40 MPH.

SATURDAY NIGHT…WINDY. RAIN SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE EVENING…THEN RAIN SHOWERS AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOWS NEAR 40. SOUTHWEST WIND 15 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH DECREASING TO 10 TO 20 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT.

SUNDAY...BREEZY. RAIN SHOWERS. HIGHS IN THE MID 40S TO LOWER 50S. SOUTHWEST WIND 15 TO 25 MPH BECOMING SOUTH IN THE AFTERNOON.

National Weather Service:

  • Today Rain, mainly after 10am. High near 49. South southwest wind 13 to 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
  • Tonight Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. Low around 45. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 11 to 16 mph increasing to 24 to 29 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 38 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
  • Saturday Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 10am. High near 50. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 21 to 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
  • Saturday Night Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Low around 41. Breezy, with a southwest wind 21 to 26 mph decreasing to 13 to 18 mph in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
  • Sunday Showers. High near 50. South southwest wind 15 to 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%

Here are the Seattle tides:

01/10 Fri 06:14 AM 6.75 L
01/10 Fri 11:57 AM 11.46 H
01/10 Fri 07:18 PM 0.71 L
01/11 Sat 02:58 AM 10.05 H
01/11 Sat 07:41 AM 7.29 L
01/11 Sat 12:48 PM 11.08 H
01/11 Sat 08:05 PM 0.18 L

Puget Sound Marine Forecast (oddly, not updated since Wednesday):

FRI
 SW WIND 15 TO 25 KT...EASING TO 10 TO 15 KT IN THE
 AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT...SUBSIDING TO 1 TO 2 FT IN THE
 AFTERNOON.

 FRI NIGHT
 S WIND 10 TO 20 KT...BECOMING SW 25 TO 35 KT AFTER
 MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 1 TO 3 FT...BUILDING TO 4 TO 6 FT AFTER
 MIDNIGHT.

 SAT
 SW WIND 25 TO 35 KT. WIND WAVES 4 TO 6 FT.

 

Seahawk spirit on Beach Drive

This home just north of La Rustica on Beach Drive must be the home of the 12th man…or Russell Wilson!

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The lighting (nor my camera phone) does this fan’s efforts justice – you got to drive by this at night when you can see the lights.

Go SEAHAWKS!!

Extreme Tides of the New Year

The New Year rolls in with very low and high tides for the Seattle area. The lowest tide of a minus 3.15 is just a few hours away at 10:44 pm tonight and the highest upcoming tide is a 13.29 on Saturday at 7:22 am.  We hope your 2014 is swell! Thanks again for reading our blog :) Happy New Year.

01/01 Wed 05:19 AM 12.48 H
01/01 Wed 10:39 AM 7.03 L
01/01 Wed 03:41 PM 11.94 H
01/01 Wed 10:44 PM -3.15 L
01/02 Thu 06:00 AM 12.9 H
01/02 Thu 11:30 AM 6.52 L
01/02 Thu 04:35 PM 11.71 H
01/02 Thu 11:30 PM -2.9 L
01/03 Fri 06:41 AM 13.17 H
01/03 Fri 12:23 PM 5.9 L
01/03 Fri 05:31 PM 11.26 H
01/04 Sat 12:17 AM -2.18 L
01/04 Sat 07:22 AM 13.29 H
01/04 Sat 01:18 PM 5.19 L
01/04 Sat 06:30 PM 10.6 H
01/05 Sun 01:05 AM -1.02 L
01/05 Sun 08:04 AM 13.26 H
01/05 Sun 02:15 PM 4.43 L
01/05 Sun 07:35 PM 9.82 H
01/06 Mon 01:53 AM 0.49 L
01/06 Mon 08:47 AM 13.1 H
01/06 Mon 03:15 PM 3.66 L
01/06 Mon 08:48 PM 9.05 H
01/07 Tue 02:45 AM 2.23 L
01/07 Tue 09:31 AM 12.79 H
01/07 Tue 04:18 PM 2.89 L
01/07 Tue 10:13 PM 8.53 H

Snow!

Beach Drive neighbors are waking up to just over a dusting of snow this morning. The road looks pretty clear and temps are rising. Please pardon the quality of my pictures – I had to take them quick and use my cell phone before the white stuff melts away!

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The Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for just over another hour, however I would be surprised to see more snow this morning.

PS: If you have Beach Drive winter or holiday photos you would like to share with our readers, please send them to us!

Argosy Christmas Ships Cruising by West Seattle tonight

Quick reminder: the Argosy Christmas Ships will be stopping by Manchester and Salties on Alki tonight. With our nice clear weather, we should have a nice view from our homes or you can go down to Salties to enjoy!

PS: If you have holiday photos of your Beach Drive homes or pets, please feel free to share them with us! Happy Holidays!

LIVE POST: Vessel Rescue from Puget Sound

UPDATE 3:43 PM by Scupper:

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This was the scene within a few minutes following the capsized skiff. The two boats (capsized boat on left & small working boat on right) were heading north together off of Beach Drive SW and appeared to be handling the following seas relatively well. The pictured sailboat was sailing in a SE direction just off the 4800 block then abruptly reversed course and ran north to the scene. I assume they may have been alerted by a Mayday call given that a Coast Guard cutter was closing in fast from the west. You can make out the 3 survivors sitting on the hull.

At the time of the incident, the flooding tide was flowing against the 30+ knot gusts around Alki Pt. This along with the shallower waters can get pretty hairy.

Scupper

 

 

Original post below.

The Coast Guard is currently rescuing a small aluminum boat that appears to have flipped over leaving the passengers to scramble on-top of the capsized hull of the boat for safety. It appears that the boat was traveling with another vessel. A second Coast Guard boat has arrived on the scene.

We watched two sailboats just moments ago wrestle the wind and waves. One sailboat looked to be having a terrible time, with ropes and portions of the sail into the sound. They finally dropped their sails and opted to motor away. The second sailboat seemed to navigate the sound a bit better, however, we noticed their sail had tears in it.

UPDATE 2:13 PM: The capsized boat has been left behind. There is a helicopter on the scene now too.  We’re assuming the Coast Guard is trying to figure out how to safely remove the hull. Scupper speculates that the small boat must have been pooped by a following wave.

This is all unfolding south of Alki, about 400 – 500 yards off the shores of Beach Drive.

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UPDATE 2:58 PM: Scupper is at the scene and has heard from a police officer that one person is missing from the boat.

The fire and rescue boat, Leschi, is now involved along with a police boat.

UPDATE 3:11 PM: A person has been retrieved from the Sound and is now in the helicopter.

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UPDATE 3:22 PM: The hull is being hooked and it appears that it is attempting to be towed. We’re wondering if the second sailboat that turned back was possibly responding to a distress call?

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Argosy Christmas Ships cruising past Beach Drive

There are two dates when you may be able to see the Argosy Christmas Ships from your Beach Drive homes.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7
FIRST SAILING
CHOIR: Dickens Carolers
Performances: 4:20-4:40 Lowman Beach Park*, 5:10-5:30 Alki Beach Park*
Christmas Ship Departs: Pier 55
Christmas Ship with Choir, 3:30-5:50pm Book Now
Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship, 3:30-5:50pm Book Now

Royal Argosy Departs: Pier 56
Dinner Cruise following the Christmas Ship, 3:30-6pm Book Now
Santa Brunch Cruise 11am-1pm Book Now

MONDAY, DECEMBER 16
CHOIR: Pacific Sound Chorus
Performances: 8:05-8:25 Manchester City Park*, 9:15-9:35 Salty’s on Alki*
Christmas Ship Departs: Pier 55
Christmas Ship with Choir, 7-9:45pm Book Now
Parade Boat following the Christmas Ship, 7-9:45pm Book Now

Royal Argosy Departs: Pier 56
Dinner Cruise following the Christmas Ship, 7-9:45pm Book Now

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