Tsunami Advisory Issued

You probably just received an alert via your cell phone for a Tsunami Advisory for coastline in King County. The tsunami was caused by an underwater volcano erupting near the Tonga Islands.

I just checked out the map on Tsunami.gov and it “appears” that we should be safe if the map is accurate.


High tide was 11.69 ft at 5:06 am. As I write this post (10:15 am), the current tide is approx. 8.33 feet and will be heading back up to 10.23 feet around 2:15 this afternoon.

At the very least, for our area, this could be an opportunity to practice for a tsunami. We hope everyone along the west coast, San Juan Islands and around the world are safe!

Barking Dog Report: Gale Warning starting late tonight

Happy New Years, Neighbors! It looks like 2022 will come roaring in as a storm.

A Gale Warning is in effect starting late tonight along with a Wind Advisory that starts at 10:00 pm tonight through 4:00 p.m. tomorrow.

Wind Alert shows potentially strong gusts in the 40’s pretty much for all of Sunday.

Sunday’s high tides are estimated at:

  • 12.64 feet at 5:28 a.m.
  • 11.95 feet at 3:08 p.m.

Puget Sound Marine Forecast from this morning:

PZZ135-020130-
Puget Sound and Hood Canal-
825 AM PST Sat Jan 1 2022

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING
GALE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON

TODAY
S wind 15 to 25 kt. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft.

TONIGHT
S wind 20 to 30 kt. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft. A slight
chance of rain after midnight.

SUN
S wind 25 to 35 kt. Wind waves 4 to 6 ft. Rain.

SUN NIGHT
S wind 20 to 30 kt. Wind waves 4 to 6 ft.

MON
S wind 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft.

MON NIGHT
S wind to 10 kt. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft subsiding to
1 ft or less after midnight.

Stay warm and safe! 

Accident on 59th and Boyd: Avoid 59th and Admiral

A Beach Drive neighbor just notified us of an accident that happened about two hours ago. A truck with a trailer lost control heading south on 59th Ave SW taking out 5 cars along the way before stopping at the intersection of Boyd, Charleston and 59th. There is no signage at 59th and Admiral to alert drivers to detour.

Fortunately, no injuries to people or homes along the way. The police have been called.

 

Barking Dog Report: Gale Watch in Effect Friday Evening

It looks like we’re in for a doozy of a storm starting Friday afternoon and possibly lasting through the weekend with strong gusts and plenty of rain. The graph from Wind Alert shows potential gust reaching up to 48 mph with wind in the 40s from 8:00 pm to 5:00 am. The bottom graph shows us in the “red zone” for most of the weekend. 
Here’s what we have for the high tides:

  • Friday: 12.29 ft at 10:31 am
  • Saturday: 12.09 ft at 11:18 am
  • Sunday: 11.90 ft at 12.01 pm.

Last but not least, the marine forecast:

PZZ135-100145-
Puget Sound and Hood Canal-
833 AM PST Thu Dec 9 2021

GALE WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY EVENING THROUGH SATURDAY
MORNING

TODAY
SW wind 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less. Showers.

TONIGHT
SW wind 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less. Showers
likely in the evening then a chance of showers after midnight.

FRI
S wind 10 to 20 kt rising to 15 to 25 kt in the afternoon.
Wind waves 2 to 4 ft. A chance of showers in the morning then
showers in the afternoon.

FRI NIGHT
S wind 20 to 30 kt rising to 25 to 35 kt after
midnight. Wind waves 4 to 6 ft.

SAT
S wind 25 to 35 kt becoming SW 20 to 30 kt in the
afternoon. Wind waves 4 to 6 ft.

SAT NIGHT
S wind 15 to 25 kt. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft.

SUN
S wind 15 to 25 kt easing to 10 kt. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft
subsiding to 1 ft or less.

Right now it looks like it’s possible that the strongest winds might miss the higher tides. At the very least, it’s always a good idea to be prepared for ANOTHER gale force storm.

Stay safe neighbors!

 

Another Blustery Day Ahead

It looks like Tuesday morning around high tide, we could see some splash and waves over some seawalls/bulkheads. Especially when the wind shifts to becoming more southwest (estimated to start around 8:00 am).

We have a small craft advisory in effect starting at 4:00 pm today. Wind Alert is showing gusts picking up around 7:00 pm tonight and pretty much continuing all of Tuesday. Tomorrow’s high tide is estimated to be 12.10 feet at 9:05 a.m.  The graph below from Wind Alert shows the direction of the wind becoming more southwest right around 9:00 a.m… yippee!


Check out all the future windy days in red along the bottom of the graph. Wind Alert is an ap you can download on your phone or you can visit their website by clicking on the links in our Swell Links section. We rely on it quite a bit for predicting how windy it’s going to be at home and for when we’re sailing.

Puget Sound Marine Forecast:

Puget Sound and Hood Canal-
854 AM PST Mon Nov 8 2021

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM PST THIS AFTERNOON
THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON

TODAY
SE wind 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less. A slight
chance of rain in the morning.

TONIGHT
E wind 15 to 25 kt becoming SW 20 to 30 kt after
midnight. Wind waves 3 to 5 ft. Rain after midnight.

TUE
SW wind 20 to 30 kt. Wind waves 3 to 5 ft. Rain.

TUE NIGHT
S wind 15 to 25 kt easing to 10 to 20 kt after
midnight. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft.

National Weather Service

Tonight
Rain, mainly after midnight. Steady temperature around 49. Southeast wind 18 to 21 mph becoming south southwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Tuesday
Rain. Steady temperature around 47. Breezy, with a southwest wind 21 to 29 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Tuesday Night
Rain. Low around 43. South southwest wind around 16 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Of course this can all change… stay tuned and stay safe! Take care, Neighbors.

Next! Another windy and wet day.

I’m a little iffy on whether or not this should be an official barking dog report. Yesterday, as my hubby was teasing me for predicting we could flood with the Barking Dog post until late afternoon when the winds seem to suddenly pick up and voila, we had some water splashing over the seawall. Nothing was damaged at our home except for a large flower pot that was too close to the seawall.

Tomorrow looks like we could potentially have some more water slurping over with the higher tides and extended periods of strong winds that have been forecasted.

Tomorrow’s high tides are 12.14 feet at 7:05 am and 11.84 feet at 5:47 pm. It’s possible we could see tides slightly higher. During yesterday’s storm, a coastal flooding warning was issued increasing the tide by 1.1 feet.

Check out Windalerts forecast (as of 2:48 pm 11/5/2021). I’m including the “free version” and the “plus” version (typically we just have the free version). The forecast show similar stories as far as constant strong winds… but the “plus” version on the bottom is showing much stronger winds with gusts in the upper 40’s around 7am vs gusts around 26mph on the free version. I guess we’ll see which one is more accurate tomorrow morning!


Here is the Puget Sound Marine Forecast. Note: 30 knots is about 35 mph.

Puget Sound and Hood Canal-  213 PM PDT Fri Nov 5 2021

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING.
TONIGHT: S wind 5 to 15 kt becoming SE to 10 kt after midnight.  Wind waves 2 ft or less. A slight chance of rain in the evening  then rain likely after midnight.
SAT:  S wind 15 to 25 kt rising to 20 to 30 kt in the afternoon.  Wind waves 3 to 5 ft. Rain in the morning then showers and a  slight chance of tstms in the afternoon.
SAT NIGHT:  S wind 20 to 30 kt easing to 5 to 15 kt after  midnight. Wind waves 3 to 5 ft subsiding to 2 ft or less after  midnight. Showers and a slight chance of tstms in the evening  then rain after midnight.

The National Weather Service forecast supports winds in the upper 30s.

Saturday
Rain. High near 47. Breezy, with a south wind 13 to 18 mph increasing to 23 to 28 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 39 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Saturday Night
Rain. Low around 42. South wind 17 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

If you have pumps out, you just might want to keep them out until Monday. Tis the season! 

Weirdly Warm and Windy Weather

As I write this post (around 2:30 pm on Thursday), it’s about 70 degrees and muggy outside. The breeze almost feels tropical. There’s been a lot of talk of the spectacular system (bomb cyclone) that’s supposed to stay off the coast this weekend… check out what Wind Alert currently has in the forecast!


You can see on the bar along the bottom that we could be in for windy weather for a few days. Sunday has gusts estimated around 51mph. Monday and Tuesday have gusts topping mid-40s. We could have quite a storm if these predictions hold true.

High Tides:

  • Friday: 10.8 feet at 7:15 am and 10.5 feet at 6:04 pm.
  • Saturday: 10.9 feet at 7:57 am and 10.1 feet at 6:31 pm.
  • Sunday: 11.00 feet at 8:40 am and 9.6 feet at 6:59 pm.
  • Monday: 10.9 feet at 9:28 am and 9.1 feet at 7:28 pm.

Stay safe, Neighbors!

Barking Dog Report: Friday set to be a Howler

The forecast for Friday looks very wet and windy. As I write this, Thursday morning, we have a small craft advisory issued for most of the day tomorrow. Here’s a current snapshot from WindAlert for Alki Point:

Tides on Friday go form a low of 0.60 feet at 8:42 AM to 11.25 feet at 4:23 PM.

The Puget Sound Marine Forecast, as of 8:46 AM this morning has wind waves up to 4-5 feet.

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

FRI NIGHT  S wind 20 to 30 kt easing to 15 to 25 kt after  midnight. Wind waves 2 to 5 ft.

 SAT  S wind 15 to 25 kt. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft.

Around high tide, if we have gusts in the 30s mostly coming from the south with some southwest and waves of 4-5 feet, we’re likely to see plenty of splashing and possibly water coming over bulkheads.

Some neighbors are already moving their boats to where they will be more protected from the wind and waves.

With this being the first BIG rain of the season combined with the predicted wind, we’re expecting some tree branches to come down too.

Stay safe, Neighbors!

Attention Neighbors with Boats afloat or Umbrellas adorning Decks – Windy Weather Ahead

You’ve probably heard the forecast that we are in for a soaker on Friday. It also looks like we’re in for some wind according to the current forecast from WindAlert.


Just a heads up in case you have a boat out in the sound right now OR if you happen to have your lovely summer umbrellas on your patios before the potentially very gusty winds hit. The above forecast is showing potential gusts up to 44 mph on Friday afternoon around 2pm with the wind not really letting up until Sunday. Of course the weather here is constantly changing… but it’s always good to be prepared.

We’ll have to get closer to Friday to know if the forecast stays true and if there’s a potential for waves to cause flooding. ‘Tis the Season!

New Crosswalk as fresh as a Spring Day

We finally have a crosswalk at Beach Drive and Jacobsen!


Isn’t it simply gorgeous?

NOW… we just need to have a crosswalk installed north of this one to connect Me Kwa Mooks and Emma Schmitz Parks. It  is so challenging for people to cross Beach Drive at that point where there is low visibility with the curvy road and heavy traffic of (often speeding vehicles) and bikes.