Moon setting over the Olympics

april 20 2016 moonset
We have another warm 80 degree day in the forecast. Keep cool, neighbors!

Car Stolen from Beach Drive

This morning a neighbor in the 5900 block of Beach Drive woke up to learn their car was stolen.

The thieves left two bicycles on the top of their driveway in exchange for their 2015 Mercedes SUV.

Here is a photo of the bikes. It’s very possible the the bicycles may have been stolen too.

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Got family or friends coming to town?

Consider a vacation rental! You don’t have to send family and friends to trek to downtown Seattle for a hotel when there are so many vacation rentals in the Beach Drive neighborhood, including (shameless plug ahead) our Beach Drive vacation rental!

The selection of available properties is pretty amazing, including waterfront, view, condos, town homes, apartments over garages, studios, bedrooms and detached homes. Prices vary and are comparable or often better (in my opinion) than what you would pay in a hotel.

The next time you have friends or family coming to town for fun or business, check out one of the many vacation rental sights like VRBO, AirBnB or Trip Advisor/FlipKey so they can stay in West Seattle.

 

High Winds hits West Seattle

This post has more recent updates towards the bottom.

Parts of Beach Drive are without power shortly after the winds came roaring in. Seattle City Light‘s map shows that 1638 homes on Beach Drive are without power due to a tree.

power outage March 13

It’s got to be a bumpy ride for folks on the ferry too. The Vashon – Fauntleroy Ferry run is showing wind speeds up to 49 mph. vashon ferry March 13

Wind Alert is forecasting that the strongest winds are with us now with gusts estimated up to 52 mph.
wind alert March 13

The High Wind Warning is in effect until 11:00 pm tonight. Got flashlights and candles ready?

Update 2:43 pm: Low tide is at 3:15 and estimated to be 0.02 and then we’ll head up to an est. 10.52 around 9:54 pm.

Update 3:37 pm: Scupper and I drove Beach Drive in search of the downed tree referenced in Seattle City Light’s map for the power outage – we did not see any down trees at that time.

City of Seattle has just updated their forecast:

330 PM PDT SUN MAR 13 2016

…HIGH WIND WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM PDT THIS EVENING…
TONIGHT…VERY WINDY. SHOWERS. RAINFALL AMOUNTS A QUARTER TO A HALF INCH POSSIBLE. LOWS IN THE MID 30S TO LOWER 40S. SOUTH WIND 25 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 55 MPH IN THE EARLY EVENING THEN EASING TO SOUTHWEST 15 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH.

Puget Sound Marine Forecast:
235 PM PDT SUN MAR 13 2016

GALE WARNING IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT

TONIGHT
S WIND 35 TO 45 KT…BECOMING SW 20 TO 30 KT BY
MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 6 TO 8 FT…SUBSIDING TO 3 TO 5 FT. SHOWERS
LIKELY.

Update 4:01 pm: Here’s a photo from our intrepid reporter, Scupper.
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Latest forecast from Wind Alert shows another round of strong winds potentially on the way.
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Are you missing a boat?

This boat is floating by Emma Schmitz View Point heading north.DSC_0186

High Wind Watch upgraded to High Wind Warning

Update 4:08PM: The City of Seattle updated their forecast at 3:30 pm which includes a Coastal Flood Advisory tomorrow. Scupper, Beach Drive Blog’s other reporter wanted me to mention that other weather models we’ve found more accurate at times have gusts topping out at 43 at 5PM Sunday. It’ll be interesting to see which model prevails.

SEATTLE AND VICINITY-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…SEATTLE…SHORELINE…FEDERAL WAY…
KENT
330 PM PST SAT MAR 12 2016

…COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 5 AM TO 11 AM PDT SUNDAY…
…HIGH WIND WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 11 PM PDT SUNDAY…

TONIGHT…WINDY. SHOWERS AND A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS IN THE EVENING…THEN SHOWERS AFTER MIDNIGHT. RAINFALL AMOUNTS A TENTH TO A QUARTER OF AN INCH POSSIBLE…EXCEPT HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE IN THUNDERSTORMS. LOWS NEAR 40. SOUTH WIND 15 TO 30 MPH.

SUNDAY…VERY WINDY. RAIN. RAINFALL AMOUNTS A QUARTER TO A HALF INCH POSSIBLE. HIGHS IN THE UPPER 40S TO MID 50S. EAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH INCREASING TO SOUTHEAST 25 TO 45 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 70 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.

SUNDAY NIGHT…VERY WINDY. RAIN AT TIMES IN THE EVENING…THEN SHOWERS AFTER MIDNIGHT. RAINFALL AMOUNTS A QUARTER TO A HALF INCH POSSIBLE. LOWS NEAR 40. SOUTH WIND 25 TO 45 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 70 MPH BECOMING SOUTHWEST 15 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT.

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From the National Weather Service:


URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA
158 PM PST SAT MAR 12 2016

WAZ504-507-509-511-512-555-556-558-559-131100-
/O.UPG.KSEW.HW.A.0002.160313T1900Z-160314T1200Z/
/O.NEW.KSEW.HW.W.0004.160313T1900Z-160314T0600Z/
SOUTHWEST INTERIOR-EVERETT AND VICINITY-TACOMA AREA-HOOD CANAL AREA-
LOWER CHEHALIS VALLEY AREA-EAST PUGET SOUND LOWLANDS-
BELLEVUE AND VICINITY-SEATTLE AND VICINITY-BREMERTON AND VICINITY-
158 PM PST SAT MAR 12 2016

...HIGH WIND WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 11 PM PDT SUNDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SEATTLE HAS ISSUED A HIGH WIND
WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 11 PM PDT SUNDAY. THE HIGH
WIND WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* TIMING...SUNDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING. STRONGEST
  WINDS WILL LIKELY BE LATER SUNDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH EARLY
  EVENING.

* WINDS...SOUTHEAST WINDS 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH
  POSSIBLE EARLY IN THE AFTERNOON. WINDS WILL SHIFT TO SOUTH TO
  SOUTHWEST AND RISE...WITH STRONGEST WINDS REACHING 30 TO 45 MPH
  WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 70 MPH IN THE LATE AFTERNOON AND EARLY
  EVENING. WINDS WILL GRADUALLY DIMINISH THROUGH LATE EVENING.

* IMPACTS...WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES AND DOWNED TREES ARE LIKELY.
  SOME DAMAGE TO BUILDINGS IS POSSIBLE. REMEMBER THAT FALLING
  TREES AND TREE LIMBS CAN CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A HIGH WIND WARNING MEANS A HAZARDOUS HIGH WIND EVENT IS EXPECTED OR
OCCURRING. SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS OF AT LEAST 40 MPH OR GUSTS OF
58 MPH OR MORE CAN LEAD TO PROPERTY DAMAGE.

Puget Sound Marine Forecast was updated this morning:

 SUN  SE WIND 15 TO 25 KT...BECOMING SE 20 TO 30 KT IN THE  AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 2 TO 5 FT. RAIN.  
SUN NIGHT  S WIND 35 TO 45 KT...BECOMING SW DURING THE EVENING.  WIND WAVES 6 TO 8 FT.

High Wind Watch Sunday

The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Watch:

...HIGH WIND WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH
LATE SUNDAY NIGHT...

* TIMING...SUNDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT. STRONGEST WINDS
  WILL LIKELY BE LATER SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING.

* WINDS...SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST WINDS 20 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS TO
  AROUND 60 MPH ARE POSSIBLE.

* IMPACTS...FAIRLY WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES AND DOWNED TREES ARE
  POSSIBLE...ALONG WITH SOME DAMAGE TO BUILDINGS. REMEMBER THAT
  FALLING TREES AND TREE LIMBS CAN CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

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.


High tides for Sunday are predicted to be 11.99 at 8:37 am and 10.52 at 9:54 pm. However, it's possible we could have "coastal flooding" as we do today and have had the last couple days, which will raise the tides even higher.
2016 March 12 tides

Seattle City Forecast:

…COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM PST THIS MORNING…
…HIGH WIND WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE SUNDAY NIGHT…

TODAY…BREEZY. RAIN AT TIMES IN THE MORNING…THEN SHOWERS IN THE AFTERNOON. A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON. RAINFALL AMOUNTS A TENTH TO A QUARTER OF AN INCH POSSIBLE… EXCEPT HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE IN THUNDERSTORMS. HIGHS IN THE LOWER TO MID 50S. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 20 MPH BECOMING SOUTHWEST 15 TO 25 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.

TONIGHT…WINDY. SHOWERS AND A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS IN THE EVENING…THEN SHOWERS AFTER MIDNIGHT. RAINFALL AMOUNTS A TENTH TO A QUARTER OF AN INCH POSSIBLE…EXCEPT HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE IN THUNDERSTORMS. LOWS NEAR 40. SOUTH WIND 15 TO 30 MPH.

SUNDAY…WINDY…RAIN. RAINFALL AMOUNTS A QUARTER TO A HALF INCH POSSIBLE. HIGHS IN THE UPPER 40S TO MID 50S. EAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH INCREASING TO SOUTHEAST 20 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.

SUNDAY NIGHT…VERY WINDY. RAIN AT TIMES IN THE EVENING…THEN SHOWERS AFTER MIDNIGHT. RAINFALL AMOUNTS A QUARTER TO A HALF INCH POSSIBLE. LOWS NEAR 40. SOUTH WIND 25 TO 40 MPH BECOMING SOUTHWEST AFTER MIDNIGHT. GUSTS TO 55 MPH.

MONDAY…WINDY. SHOWERS LIKELY. RAINFALL AMOUNTS A QUARTER TO A HALF INCH POSSIBLE. HIGHS NEAR 50. SOUTH WIND 15 TO 25 MPH BECOMING SOUTHWEST 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.

Puget Sound Marine Forecast:

  TODAY  S WIND 15 TO 25 KT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT. RAIN IN THE  MORNING…THEN SHOWERS AND A CHANCE OF TSTMS IN THE AFTERNOON.  TONIGHT  S WIND 15 TO 25 KT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT. A CHANCE OF  TSTMS IN THE EVENING. SHOWERS.  

SUN  SE WIND 15 TO 25 KT BECOMING E 20 TO 30 KT IN THE AFTERNOON.  WIND WAVES 2 TO 5 FT. RAIN.  

SUN NIGHT  S WIND 25 TO 35 KT. WIND WAVES 4 TO 6 FT.

Charge up your cell phones, be safe and stay tuned! Should we lose power, we will be posting on Facebooknow might be a good time to “like” our Facebook page.

 

Reader asks about park bench replacement at Beach Drive & Jacobsen

A very popular rest stop at the south end of Emma Schmitz Memorial Overlook took a tumble from corrosion back on February 23rd (shouldn’t have eaten that last bite). Neighbors and out-of-towners have enjoyed watching the scenery under the huge “Raptor Tree” that Eagle & Osprey often use to spy on prey. Love that tree!

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Appears that the 2 legged benches are all failing at the weld just under the bench. There a few more with the same design near the drinking fountain that had caution tape applied immediately after the Jacobsen bench toppled . The tape has since come off and the older benches still stand… barely

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The newer 4 legged butt rest looks like a much better design for being near the saltwater…

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As far as replacement, we reported a few years back on plans to rebuild that entire section of the deteriorating seawall. No bench replacement or additions were to happen until the seawall issue gets solved. Construction was intended to start last Summer but the design work was never finalized. A response from the Army Corp of Engineers back in November 2015 didn’t show much progress.

 Unfortunately I don’t have any updates at this point. We are still working through our feasibility phase process before we can move into final design.

I have a current email out to the Army Corp asking for any further progress & will update as soon as they respond.  Meanwhile, the storms keep pounding it and the park department continues to backfill the erosion.

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Picture above taken on the stormy morning of 3/10/16… photo below was furnished by a Beach Drive neighbor the very next morning. Park department workers mentioned that they really didn’t like parking their heavy equipment on the slumping strip of grass which precariously covers  the 54″ sewer line carrying 50 million gallons of sewage per day!

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Scupper, reporting for Beach Drive Blog

First Flood of 2016: Coastal Flood Warning in effect until 8:00 and Wind Advisory in effect until 4:00 pm today

The Coastal Flood Warning proved true for our home. We have been pumping out water that has come over our bulkhead since about 4:30 this morning. We are “lucky” that the winds were more south than southwest or we’d have a whole different scenario to contend with.

Please pardon my dark photos and videos!

It looks like somebody may have lost lost their “sail board” (or something like that).

March 10 2016 storm

I will be adding a couple more videos soon.

This video is just past high tide of 14.5 (higher than predicted).

And you can see from this video, that it’s still blowing… hubby just started the pump again.

The Coastal Flood warning remains in effect until 8:00 am this morning…only one more hour to go! Yippee!

We have a Wind Advisory in effect until 4:00 pm today.

Our next high tide is at 5:50 pm and is estimated at 11.42.

Now it’s time for Hitch to help with the clean up!
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I hope all our neighbors are fairing well!

Update 8:30 am:

Here’s a photo from Beach Drive neighbor, Rene, showing a log jam at the Harbor West Condos.
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If you have a photo of today’s storm along Beach Drive and want to share it, let us know!

Coastal Flooding upgraded to a WARNING

...COASTAL FLOOD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 2 AM TO 8 AM PST
THURSDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SEATTLE HAS ISSUED A COASTAL
FLOOD WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 2 AM TO 8 AM PST
THURSDAY. THE COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* COASTAL FLOODING...SALT WATER FLOODING IS LIKELY AROUND THE
  TIME OF HIGH TIDE TONIGHT.

HIGH ASTRONOMICAL TIDES...AUGMENTED BY UNUSUALLY LOW ATMOSPHERIC
PRESSURE...WILL LIKELY FLOOD VERY LOW LYING COASTAL AREAS.
NORMALLY...FLOODING WITH THE TIDES WOULD BE MINOR. HOWEVER...
WINDS WILL WHIP UP WAVES OF 4 TO 6 FEET AROUND THE TIME OF HIGH
TIDE WITH WATER COMING OVER SEAWALLS AND IMPACTING STRUCTURES IN
LOW LYING AREAS NEAR THE WATER. FLOODING IS EXPECTED AROUND
THE TIME OF HIGH TIDE.

THE TABLE BELOW GIVES TIME AND HEIGHT OF PREDICTED TIDES...THE
PREDICTED TIDAL ANOMALY DUE TO LOW PRESSURE AND OTHER FACTORS...
AND THE SUM OF THE PREDICTED TIDE AND THE PREDICTED ANOMALY.

STATION NAME: DAY  TIME     PRED   ANOMALY TOTAL TIDE
 SEATTLE      THU 05:38 AM 12.44    ~1.9     14.3
 PORT TOWNSND THU 05:12 AM  8.99   ~ 1.9     10.8
 FRI HARBOR   THU 05:53 AM  7.89   ~ 1.9      9.7
 CHERRY PT    THU 06:12 AM  9.48   ~ 1.9     11.3

* IMPACTS...FLOODING IN LOW LYING COMMUNITIES NEAR ALONG THE
  PUGET SOUND AROUND HIGH TIDE. WAVES MAY DAMAGE STRUCTURES
  IN LOW LYING AREAS ALONG THE SOUND.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A COASTAL FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS OCCURRING OR
IMMINENT. COASTAL RESIDENTS IN THE WARNED AREA SHOULD BE ALERT
FOR RISING WATER...AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION TO PROTECT LIFE
AND PROPERTY.