Potential Barking Dog Report: Stormy Weather Ahead

Seasoned readers of Beach Drive Blog know that a “barking dog report” is issued when we think there is a strong possibility of stormy weather about to happen that typically includes waves breeching seawalls. We call it a “barking dog report” because it could be similar to a neighbor’s dog that bark might actually be indicating danger or it could be just something the dog thought it saw (a big nothing). This Thursday is looking like it could be one of those days where dogs will be howling with the wind.

Check out the current forecast from Wind Alert showing gusts in the upper 30s to (almost) mid-40s!

The Marine Forecast is predicting waves up to 7 feet for Thursday!
THU: S wind 25 to 35 kt rising to 30 to 40 kt in the afternoon.  Wind waves 5 to 7 ft.

On Thursday, high tides are 11.58 feet at 7:21 AM (gusts of 39 mph predicted above) AND 11.26 FEET AT 6:02 PM (gust of 38 mph). Yikes!!

Alot can happen between now and Thursday with the weather. Stay tuned…

PS: As I’m writing this (12:18 pm on Tuesday, October 25, 2022), the winds are picking up quite a bit. We do have a small craft advisory in effect until 8:00 pm tonight. The Puget Sound marine forecast states we could see wind waves build to 3-5 feet this afternoon. Fingers crossed that it hits when tides are lower…our next high tide today is a 11.40 feet at 5:32 PM. According to Wind Alert, we could see gusts in the low-30s…so we could see some splashing but I don’t believe it will be near what we may see on Thursday.

This is all a good reminder to be prepared for the fall and winter storms. 🙂 Take care neighbors!

 

What’s with the big white boat off Emma Schmitz Memorial View Point?


We believe that this is a UW research boat, The Thomas G. Thompson, to investigate methane gas that’s bubble plumes.

“In mapping the bubble plumes, it became clear that large numbers were aligned along geologic fault zones, primarily the ones running east and west, known as the Seattle, Tacoma and South Whidbey faults. Others lined up with smaller north-south faults, but the greatest number of bubble plumes occurred where the faults intersected, such as off Alki Point in West Seattle.”

Several Parks along Beach Drive closed due to sewer overflow

Seattle Public Utilities has closed a couple of beaches along Beach Drive due to a sewer issue near Cormorant Cove.This is from Seattle Public Utilities post on NextDoor:

Dear Neighbors,

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) responded to a sewer overflow due to a broken side sewer located along Beach Dr near Cormorant Cove. As a result, beaches in the area are currently closed to water activities, including Cormorant Cove Parklet, Charles Richey Sr. Viewpoint at Alki beach, and the Andover Place street end beach access. Staff will sample the water and work with Public Health-Seattle & King County to determine when the area can be safely reopened. SPU will provide an update when we have more information. Seattle Public Utilities is working with the property owner to ensure a timely repair of the side sewer. If you find flooding or sewer backups, please report them to the SPU 24/7 Operations Response Center at (206) 386-1800. To learn more about our Spill Response Program, please visit: https://www.seattle.gov/utilities/protecting-our-environment/community-programs/pollution-control/spill-response – Seattle Public Utilities

Low Tides today and tomorrow


Today’s low tide of -4.00 feet took place at 11:06 a.m.
Tomorrow, we’ll witness another -4.00 tide at 11:54 a.m.

Extreme Low Tides


Today’s low tide was -3.2 feet at 10:37 a.m.

We have even lower tides for the next couple days. Check this out:

  • Tuesday, June 14: -3.9 feet at 11:22 AM
  • Wednesday, June 15: -4.3 feet at 12:08 PM
  • Thursday, June 16: -4.1 feet at 12:57 PM
  • Friday, June 17: -3.5 feet at 1:47 PM.

Extreme Low Tides this Week


We have some extreme low tides predicted for Thursday at minus 3.88 at 12:10 pm. Today’s low tide was a minus 2.29 when I took this photo around 10:40 this morning. Friday is also set to have a very low tide… just shy of Thursday’s low at 3.86 around 12:57 pm.

This coincides with the super blood moon and lunar eclipse which will take place tonight (or technically early Wednesday morning). It may be unlikely we’ll be able to view this lunar event from Seattle with the potential cloudy skies…we can dream!

Exta low tide off Emma Schmitz Viewpoint


This pic was taken pretty close to 1:18 pm today with a predicted low tide of -2.98.

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. 😉

Rescue off Beach Drive seems fishy to local residents

There was a huge rescue call out tonight for a couple of divers off of Emma Schmitz near the rock pile where spear fishing for ling cod is a popular spot.

Neighbors noticed divers with lights surfacing and seeming to submerge when rescue boats were nearby. Eventually two divers appeared and said what was needed to satisfy the officials.


Many neighbors watching this are coming to the same conclusion… it seems a bit fishy. However, fishing for ling cod did open tonight!

Fishing Season is re-opened


Fishing is officially reopened today… perhaps some lucky fishermen and their household will enjoy some ling cod tacos for dinner tonight. Happy Cinco de Mayo!