120 Homes without power on Beach Drive

It appears the powerful winds tonight have brought down a tree or branches along with a power line causing 120 homes to be without power.

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We are watching transformers blowing across the sound at Maury and Manchester (we believe). Looks like Manchester has power back on at this time. We had our power blip off and back on.

Hang on to your hats – we still have a couple hours of this wind warning to get through.

Howling Winds in the Forecast Tonight: Barking Dog Report

Barking-Dog-ReportFor those newer to Beach Drive Blog, one of the main reasons why we started this neighborhood site was to help keep the neighborhood informed of potential weather situations. I’m often surprised when neighbors are caught completely off guard or are not prepared for potential flooding. A “barking dog report” is kind of like your neighbors dog that’s barking – it could mean trouble or nothing at all. At the very least, it may serve as a reminder to be prepared for big storms.

So what’s triggering this “barking dog” is that we have wind gusts up to 60 mph in Seattle tonight. Eeee gahds!  We have a HIGH WIND WARNING in effect starting at 8:00 pm tonight and ending at 2:00 am.

From the NWS: A HIGH WIND WARNING MEANS THAT A HAZARDOUS WIND EVENT IS IMMINENT OR OCCURRING.

Check out the current forecast (and be sure to check back as forecast do change).

Seattle City Forecast

…HIGH WIND WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM THIS EVENING TO 2 AM PDT SUNDAY…

TONIGHT…VERY WINDY. RAIN IN THE EVENING…THEN SHOWERS AFTER MIDNIGHT. RAINFALL AMOUNTS A QUARTER TO A HALF INCH POSSIBLE. LOWS IN THE MID 40S TO LOWER 50S. SOUTH WIND 25 TO 40 MPH BECOMING SOUTHWEST AFTER MIDNIGHT. GUSTS TO 60 MPH.

SUNDAY…BREEZY. SHOWERS LIKELY. RAINFALL AMOUNTS A TENTH TO A QUARTER OF AN INCH POSSIBLE. HIGHS IN THE 50S. SOUTHWEST WIND 15 TO 25 MPH.

SUNDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF SHOWERS. LOWS IN THE MID 40S TO LOWER 50S. EAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH BECOMING SOUTH AFTER MIDNIGHT.

National Weather Service

  • Late Afternoon:  Rain. Steady temperature around 57. Windy, with a south wind around 30 mph, with gusts as high as 41 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
  • Tonight: Showers. Low around 49. Windy, with a southwest wind 35 to 40 mph decreasing to 28 to 33 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
  • Sunday: Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 18 to 23 mph decreasing to 9 to 14 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Puget Sound Marine Forecast

 GALE WARNING IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT    

TONIGHT  N WIND 10 TO 20 KT EARLY…BECOMING SW AND RISING TO 25  TO 35 KT IN THE EVENING. WIND WAVES 1 TO 3 FT…BUILDING TO 4 TO 6  FT. RAIN IN THE EVENING…THEN SHOWERS AFTER MIDNIGHT.  

SUN  SW WIND 15 TO 25 KT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT. SHOWERS LIKELY.  

SUN NIGHT  SW WIND 10 TO 20 KT…BECOMING S 5 TO O 15 KT. WIND WAVES  1 TO 3 FT. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS.

And last… but not least… the tides

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It looks like we may miss any serious flooding (green-water spilling over the bulkhead). Tonight’s high tide is 10.7 ft just before 6:00 pm.  If the strong winds blow in at 8:00 pm, then tides should be around 8 feet (give or take)… however if you add 4 to 6 foot waves to the mix, it could be interesting. The good news is that the tides will be heading down until midnight.

The main reason for the “barking dog” is that if the wind warning lives up to forecast with 60 mph winds, we could see downed tree branches, loss of power, etc. If you have any umbrellas or other potential projectiles outside, you may want to make sure everything is secure.

 

 

 

Small Craft Advisory, Wind and Waves

The National Weather Service has issued a small craft advisory until 11:00 tonight and the local weather reports say we could have gusts tonight up to 30 mph. We’ve moved our sailboat back to the marina for the winter expecting our beautiful fall to start displaying more typical fall weather…and here we are!

Here are the most recent reports through Wednesday, as of the publishing of this post:

PUGET SOUND MARINE FORECAST

 TONIGHT  S WIND 15 TO 25 KT…EASING TO 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES  2 TO 4 FT…SUBSIDING. RAIN.

 TUE  S WIND TO 10 KT. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. SHOWERS.

 TUE NIGHT  S WIND TO 10 KT. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. SHOWERS.  

WED  S WIND RISING TO 15 TO 25 KT. WIND WAVES BUILDING TO 2 TO  4 FT.

SEATTLE FORECAST

TONIGHT…RAIN. RAINFALL AMOUNTS A HALF INCH TO ONE INCH POSSIBLE. LOWS IN THE LOWER TO MID 50S. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 20 MPH. GUSTS TO 30 MPH IN THE EVENING.

TUESDAY…SHOWERS. RAINFALL AMOUNTS A TENTH TO A QUARTER OF AN INCH POSSIBLE. HIGHS NEAR 60. SOUTH WIND TO 10 MPH.

TUESDAY NIGHT…SHOWERS LIKELY IN THE EVENING…THEN SHOWERS AND A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS AFTER MIDNIGHT. RAINFALL AMOUNTS A QUARTER TO A HALF INCH POSSIBLE…EXCEPT HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE IN THUNDERSTORMS. LOWS NEAR 50. SOUTHEAST WIND TO 10 MPH BECOMING SOUTH AFTER MIDNIGHT.

WEDNESDAY…SHOWERS AND A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. RAINFALL AMOUNTS A TENTH TO A QUARTER OF AN INCH POSSIBLE…EXCEPT HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE IN THUNDERSTORMS. HIGHS NEAR 60. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT…SHOWERS LIKELY AND A CHANCE OF EVENING THUNDERSTORMS. RAINFALL AMOUNTS LESS THAN A TENTH OF AN INCH LIKELY…EXCEPT HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE IN THUNDERSTORMS. LOWS NEAR 50. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.

….now where are my rain boots?

‘Tis the Season to check your Mooring Sytem

2014-09-09_2024If you have a boat anchored and/or on a buoy in Puget Sound, there’s no time like the present to make sure that everything is in top ship shape.  We are considering moving our  anchored sailboat for the next couple days based on current forecast.

Puget Sound Marine Forecast:

 WED  N WIND 5 TO 15 KT BECOMING 10 TO 20 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND  WAVES 1 TO 3 FT. PATCHY FOG IN THE MORNING.  

WED NIGHT  N WIND 15 TO 25 KT EASING TO 10 TO 20 KT AFTER  MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 1 TO 4 FT.  

THU  NE WIND 10 TO 20 KT. WIND WAVES 1 TO 3 FT.  

THU NIGHT  N WIND 15 TO 25 KT EASING TO 10 TO 20 KT AFTER  MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 1 TO 4 FT.

Seattle City Forecast:

WEDNESDAY…PARTLY SUNNY IN THE MORNING THEN BECOMING SUNNY. HIGHS NEAR 70. NORTH WIND TO 10 MPH INCREASING TO 10 TO 20 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOWS IN THE LOWER TO MID 50S. NORTH WIND 10 TO 20 MPH.

THURSDAY…SUNNY. HIGHS IN THE MID TO UPPER 70S. EAST WIND 10 TO 20 MPH.

THURSDAY NIGHT…CLEAR. LOWS IN THE LOWER TO MID 50S. NORTH WIND 10 TO 20 MPH.

National Weather Service:

  • Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 71. North wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 11 to 16 mph in the afternoon.
  • Wednesday Nigh  tMostly clear, with a low around 55. North wind 13 to 21 mph.
  • Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 76. North northeast wind 8 to 10 mph.
  • Thursday Nigh  tClear, with a low around 53. North wind 9 to 17 mph.

Of course forecast change… so please be sure to check for current updates. Just thought we would share our potential plans… it could be that hubby is just trying to get in some extra sailing before the boat is moored until next sailing season.

Coast Guard hanging out off of Beach Drive

If you’re wondering what the Coast Guard has been doing hanging out off the shores of 5000 block area of Beach Drive, they were called in for a boat that was near the seawall from a buoy coming loose.  We witnessed a small boat in that area which could have been the one the caused the concern. It appears it safely made it’s way out of the area and the Coast Guard has left the area.  There is a buoy near the bulkhead that seems to have broke loose.  We’re experiencing a decent amount of chop in the water which can loosen buoys and/or boats.

Here is the current Puget Sound Marine forecast:

TONIGHT
SW WIND 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. SHOWERS AND
SLIGHT CHANCE OF TSTMS IN THE EVENING…THEN RAIN AFTER MIDNIGHT.

FRI
SW WIND 10 TO 15 KT…RISING TO 15 TO 25 KT. WIND WAVES 1 TO
2 FT…BUILDING TO 2 TO 4 FT. RAIN LIKELY IN THE MORNING…THEN A
CHANCE OF SHOWERS IN THE AFTERNOON.

FRI NIGHT
SW WIND 15 TO 25 KT…BECOMING S 10 TO 20 KT AFTER
MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT…SUBSIDING TO 1 TO 3 FT. A CHANCE OF
SHOWERS.

SAT
SW WIND 10 TO 20 KT…BECOMING S 10 KT IN THE AFTERNOON.
WIND WAVES 1 TO 3 FT…SUBSIDING TO 1 FT OR LESS IN THE AFTERNOON.

If you have a buoy, if nothing else, this could serve as a good reminder to double check yours.  The person who installed our buoy recommends inspecting chain and shackles every two years after installation (why not check every year?).  We wound up having to replace a good portion of ours recently after five years.

Gale Warning in effect starting at 4pm Today

It seems so calm right now, it’s hard to believe we could have waves splashing over bulkheads over the next 24 hours.

Our next high tide is a 10.19 at 4:46 pm tonight…just after the gale warning is in effect. Marine forecast (below) currently has waves building to 4-6 feet in the afternoon starting from the NE and switching to SW in the evening.

The high tide following that is 11.72 at 6:00 am Sunday morning. Marine forecast is for waves of 3 to 5 feet from the SW.

We’re making sure our pumps are ready…just in case.

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Windy, Wavy, Rainy Weekend

We are “on watch” for the weather this weekend because of the high tides along big winds that are heading our way. Hopefully everything simmers down before the weekend – however, it’s always best to be prepared for worst case scenario.  It’s looking like a good weekend to cuddle up with your Valentine…after making sure you have enough gas for your trash pump, generator is working and you have spare candles.

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Snow!

We’re getting a dusting of snow along Beach Drive. I just took this photo moments ago.

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The National Weather Service forecast just a little accumulation of that white stuff overnight.

Tonight: Snow likely. Cloudy, with a low around 31. North northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east southeast in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Total nighttime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Sunday: A chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41. South southeast wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

I love snow on the weekend that melts away. :)

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.