Rain-Zilla? Or…

Or is it the all the rain water runoff from Jacobsen and Beach Drive feeding into the overflow system that’s about 150 feet off-shore. In our 15+ years of living here, we have yet to see water spouting out of the storm runoff into the sound…this is a first!

The rainfall has been so intense that it blew off the cover of this manhole on Beach Drive.

EDITORS NOTE: This video was submitted by a neighbor. I promised not to mention who. 😉

Wind and Waves!

The wind was really howling this morning. Our home was lucky that the winds tapered off just before the high tide at 7:30 this morning. We have more strong winds predicted this week. Check out this forecast from Wind Alert 

You can see by the bottom row that most of Saturday and into Sunday, winds are predicted to be very strong with gusts in the 40s. If you live on the water or enjoy water activities, I highly recommend getting downloading Wind Alert to your phone or computer…it’s been very handy for us!

High tide for Friday is predicted to be 12.73 feet at 8:21 a.m. The low tide at 2:12 pm is only 7.07 feet with the next high tide of 9.62 feet at 6:39 p.m.

NOTE: I’m waiting for an updated Puget Sound Marine Forecast – which I expect anytime.

PZZ135-180200-  Puget Sound and Hood Canal-  847 AM PST Thu Dec 17 2020

 SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM PST THIS AFTERNOON    TODAY  SW wind 15 to 25 kt. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft. Rain likely  in the morning then a chance of rain in the afternoon.  

TONIGHT  SW wind 5 to 15 kt becoming S 10 to 20 kt after  midnight. Wind waves 1 to 3 ft. A slight chance of rain in the  evening then a chance of rain after midnight.  

FRI  S wind 15 to 25 kt rising to 20 to 30 kt in the afternoon.  Wind waves 3 to 5 ft. Rain likely in the morning then rain in the  afternoon.  

FRI NIGHT  SW wind 15 to 25 kt. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft.

 SAT  S wind to 10 kt rising to 10 to 20 kt in the afternoon.  Wind waves 1 ft or less building to 1 to 3 ft in the afternoon.  SAT NIGHT  S wind 15 to 25 kt. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft.






Gale Watch and Wind Advisory Issued for Tuesday Morning

A Wind Advisory is in effect from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm tomorrow with gusts up to 50 mph expected. Check out the current chart from Wind Alert showing gusts in the 50’s from 10:00 – 11:00 am.

Tides for tomorrow are predicted to be:

  • 12.58 feet at 6:51 AM
  • 6.87 feet at 12:18 PM
  • 11.37 feet at 5:15 PM

The Gale Watch is in effect Tuesday as well. From the Puget Sound Marine forecast:

 TUE  SE wind 20 to 30 kt becoming S 25 to 35 kt in the  afternoon. Wind waves 4 to 6 ft. A chance of rain in the morning  then rain in the afternoon.

 TUE NIGHT  S wind 15 to 25 kt. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft. Rain  likely.  

WED  SE wind 5 to 15 kt becoming SW 15 to 25 kt in the  afternoon. Wind waves 2 ft or less building to 2 to 4 ft in the  afternoon.  

WED NIGHT  S wind 15 to 25 kt. Wind waves 3 to 5 ft.

Might be time to temporarily put away your outdoor pandemic pods!

Truck stolen near Me Kwa Mooks Park

Please keep an eye out for this Ford F350 that was stolen last nigh off Beach Drive. Published with permission from Ring.

Barking Dog Report: Howling Wind forecasted for tomorrow

Tomorrow is set to have extremely strong winds combined with waves. Check out this graph from WindAlert.

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory as of 3:40 pm today:


* WHAT...Southwest winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts 45 to 50 mph

* WHERE...Southwest Interior, Everett and Vicinity, Tacoma Area,
  Hood Canal Area, Bellevue and Vicinity, Seattle and Vicinity
  and Bremerton and Vicinity.

* WHEN...From noon to 6 PM PDT Tuesday.

It looks like the tides for tomorrow are

High Tide: 1:58 AM  at 8.75 feet

Low Tide:  8:27 AM at 0.57 feet

High Tide: 3:31 PM at 11.23 feet

Low Tide:  9:40 PM at 4.34  feet

Puget Sound Marine Forecast:

Puget Sound and Hood Canal-
243 PM PDT Mon Oct 12 2020


SE wind 15 to 25 kt becoming SW 20 to 30 kt in the
afternoon. Wind waves 3 to 5 ft. Rain in the morning then rain
likely in the afternoon. 

SW wind 25 to 35 kt easing to 15 to 25 kt after
midnight. Wind waves 4 to 6 ft subsiding to 2 to 4 ft after
midnight. A chance of showers in the evening then a slight chance
of showers after midnight. 

Of course forecast can and do change… it’s hard to believe with how calm and beautiful it is right now that tomorrow is predicted to be a very blustery day.

Stay safe!

NOTE: It looks like I need to update some links on the “swell links” section. I’ll get to that soon!


Barking Dog Report – Howling Weather Ahead

We’re kicking off fall with a “barking dog report”. It’s been a while since we’ve issued a barking dog report so here’s a quick refresher. Whenever we’re preparing for serious weather, typically with the potential for flooding or strong winds, we try to issue a “barking dog report”. You can consider it similar to your neighbors dog who might bark to give a warning…it could be nothing or it could be something to be concerned about. For the record, Scupper and I are not weather experts. 🙂

We are checking out the upcoming forecast which seems to have long periods of strong winds starting in the wee hours tomorrow morning through Sunday. Check out the current graph from WindAlert.

Current Puget Sound Marine Forecast as of 7:51 this morning:

 WED  S wind 10 to 20 kt rising to 15 to 25 kt in the afternoon.  Wind waves 2 to 4 ft. Rain.

 WED NIGHT  S wind 15 to 25 kt. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft.  THU  S wind 15 to 25 kt easing to 10 to 20 kt in the afternoon.  Wind waves 2 to 4 ft.  

THU NIGHT  S wind 10 to 20 kt. Wind waves 1 to 3 ft.  

Luckily it looks like the upcoming tides won’t be high enough to cause flooding (at least not with our home).

Hopefully this storm just provides some spectacular splash. Stay safe, Neighbors!


More Progress with the Seawall

Our intrepid reporter, Scupper, ventured into the thick smoke to photograph the seawall being replaced at Emma Schmitz Memorial Viewpoint this morning.

Photo credit: Scupper

Progress with the Emma Schmitz Viewpoint Seawall

The seawall will be done before we know it! 😉

Photo credit: Scupper

Hit and Run at Me Kwa Mooks

NOTE: This post has been updated as we receive additional information.

We’re being told that during the wee hours on Tuesday, a vehicle hit a parked car at Me Kwa Mooks before speeding off. A witness or someone with knowledge of the incident says it was a Toyota (not sure of the model) going about 60 mph before it lost control, striking the Suburu in the photo, then careening west towards the water before coming to a stop. The driver reportedly exited the car, pulling out guns and fleeing the scene. The Toyota has been removed. [UPDATE: We have been informed by neighbors that SPD had the Toyota towed.]

This is a popular spot for people living in their cars. Luckily the Suburu was just parked without anyone inside at the time of the accident. It’s this reporter’s opinion that the parked car may have saved people from possible severe injury or death.

UPDATE August 20, 2020: From a Beach Drive Neighbor.

A neighbor suggests that we should check security videos for information to help the SPD.

We first learned of the hit and run from a friend who lives on Aikins Ave SW.  She was awakened around 3AM Tuesday morning by the sound of screeching tires and then a loud crash.  Shortly after, she heard voices of what she believed to be two men speaking loudly and sounding impaired, one asking the other if he was ok.  She thought the voices were coming from somewhere on Chilberg. She surmised they probably fled on foot up Genessee to Chilberg so may have been between Genessee and Douglas Street.  As soon as she heard sirens the talking stopped.  She was wondering if anyone in that area has security cameras that may have captured a photo of the men.  That may help the SPD with identification if they don’t already know the suspects. Perhaps you could add a comment to the story asking neighbors in that area to check their security recordings.

Scupper for the BDB.

Photo credit: Scupper.

Warning for Parents and Dog Owners about Lincoln Park

We’re just learning from a neighbor that a dog passed after ingesting meth while on a walk at Lincoln Park.

We don’t have information about exactly where or how this happened. The events are very recent and we just wanted to warn neighbors to be careful of their two and four legged loved ones.  Honestly, this tragic event could happen at any park. 🙁

We are heartbroken for the family who lost their beloved puppy.