I’m crossing my fingers that the current forecasts I’m reading are exaggerating the predictions for Thursday. The coastal flooding is predicted to impact local high tides, causing a 14 ft on Wednesday morning around 8 am and a 14.5 ft on Thursday morning around 9 – 10 am. Combine this with the high wind watch with possible gusts up to 65 mph and I smell trouble!
If you live on the water along Beach Drive, you might want to make sure you have pumps ready to go and take any actions needed to prepare for potential flooding. Be sure to continue to check the forecast as they do change…hopefully for the better!
Please share this information with your Beach Drive neighbors – they may not be aware of the pending storm.
...COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO NOON PST WEDNESDAY... ...COASTAL FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SEATTLE HAS ISSUED A COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO NOON PST WEDNESDAY. A COASTAL FLOOD WATCH HAS ALSO BEEN ISSUED. THIS COASTAL FLOOD WATCH IS IN EFFECT FROM LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON. * IMPACTS...MINOR TIDAL OVERFLOW IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE MINOR FLOODING IN LOW LYING AREAS AROUND THE INLAND WATERS AROUND HIGH TIDE ON WEDNESDAY. MORE SERIOUS AND EXTENSIVE COASTAL FLOODING IS POSSIBLE ON THURSDAY IF A DEEP LOW THAT IS SHOWN BY MANY FORECAST MODELS COMES IN AROUND HIGH TIDE. THIS DEEP LOW WOULD PRODUCE A 1 TO 2 FOOT STORM SURGE ON TOP OF PREDICTED TIDE VALUES AND WOULD BE COMBINED WITH WAVES DEVELOPED BY STRONG WINDS. * TIME OF HIGH TIDE...ABOUT 8 AM PST WEDNESDAY AND 9-10 AM PST THURSDAY. * PREDICTED TIDE...AT SEATTLE ABOUT 14 FEET ON WEDNESDAY AND POSSIBLY AROUND 14.5 FEET ON THURSDAY. MINOR TIDAL OVERFLOW AT SEATTLE NORMALLY BEGINS AROUND 13.5 FEET AND SERIOUS COASTAL FLOODING TYPICALLY BEGINS AT 14.5 FEET. TIDAL ANOMALIES ARE EXPECTED TO BE SIMILAR AT OTHER LOCATIONS BETWEEN OLYMPIA AND POINT ROBERTS ALONG THE SHORES OF THE INLAND WATERS. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY INDICATES THAT ONSHORE WINDS AND TIDES WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE FLOODING OF LOW AREAS ALONG THE SHORE. A COASTAL FLOOD WATCH MEANS FLOODING OR BEACH EROSION WILL OCCUR IF WEATHER CONDITIONS DEVELOP AS PREDICTED. RESIDENTS AND LOCAL OFFICIALS SHOULD MONITOR THE SITUATION CLOSELY AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION IF A WARNING IS ISSUED. Seattle City Forecast:
…HIGH WIND WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING…
TONIGHT…RAIN IN THE EVENING…THEN SHOWERS AFTER MIDNIGHT. RAINFALL AMOUNTS A HALF INCH TO ONE INCH POSSIBLE. LOWS IN THE LOWER TO MID 50S. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 20 MPH. GUSTS TO 35 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT.
WEDNESDAY…BREEZY…RAIN. RAINFALL AMOUNTS A HALF INCH TO ONE INCH POSSIBLE. HIGHS NEAR 60. SOUTH WIND 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT…RAIN AT TIMES. RAINFALL AMOUNTS A TENTH TO A QUARTER OF AN INCH POSSIBLE. LOWS NEAR 50. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH BECOMING EAST WITH GUSTS TO 25 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT.
THURSDAY…VERY WINDY. RAIN AT TIMES. RAINFALL AMOUNTS A TENTH TO A QUARTER OF AN INCH POSSIBLE. HIGHS IN THE LOWER TO MID 50S. NORTH WIND 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 30 MPH INCREASING TO SOUTH 30 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 65 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.
THURSDAY NIGHT…WINDY. SHOWERS LIKELY. RAINFALL AMOUNTS A TENTH TO A QUARTER OF AN INCH POSSIBLE. LOWS IN THE MID 40S. SOUTHWEST WIND 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH DECREASING TO 10 TO 15 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT.
NWS Forecast for Thursday currently has gusts up to 70 MPH!!!
- Thursday: Rain. High near 54. Windy, with a north northeast wind 6 to 11 mph becoming south 36 to 46 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 70 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
- Thursday Night: Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45. Windy. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Here’s a snap shot of the pending tides – please remember this is NOT reflecting the coastal flooding which causes the tides to be higher than originally predicted.
UPDATE: 4:58 PM to add the Puget Sound Marine Forecast: SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING WED S WIND 20 TO 30 KT. WIND WAVES 3 TO 5 FT. RAIN. WED NIGHT S WIND 15 TO 25 KT...EASING TO 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT...SUBSIDING TO 2 FT OR LESS AFTER MIDNIGHT. RAIN IN THE EVENING...THEN RAIN LIKELY AFTER MIDNIGHT. THU N WIND 5 TO 15 KT...BECOMING S 35 TO 45 KT. STORM FORCE WINDS ARE POSSIBLE. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS BUILDING TO 5 TO 8 FT. THU NIGHT SW WIND 35 TO 45 KT EARLY...EASING TO 5 TO 15 KT. STORM FORCE WINDS ARE POSSIBLE IN THE EVENING. WIND WAVES 6 TO 8 FT...SUBSIDING TO 2 FT OR LESS. A “barking dog report” means that we are very closely watching the sound and preparing to possibly flood. It may or may not happen (hopefully not!!). Consider us your neighbor’s barking dog who’s barking at potential trouble. Stay safe my friends!