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.

 

Beach Drive Home to be Demolished

This home on the 4700 block of Beach Drive is set to be demolished early next week to make way for a new single unit dwelling.
We actually sold the home to the current owner knowing it would be torn down. The home has been added on over the years and has some issues that are beyond reasonable repair. While in our ownership, the home was a short-term rental that we named “Beach Drive Bungalow” that enjoyed hosting people from West Seattle to all over the world.

The home was originally built in 1926 and looks completely different from the home it is today. As the story goes, the home was built by a sea captain to live in while building the neighboring home to the north.
The home continued to be modified over the years.
We enjoyed the few years we were able to share the home as a vacation rental with others. If not for the Seattle City Council no longer allowing waterfront homes to be short term rentals (as a way to help affordable housing?) we would probably still have the home as a vacation rental. The home held family reunions, birthday celebrations and even a beautiful wedding ceremony at the bulkhead.

Thanks for the memories, Beach Drive Bungalow!

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!

 

Barking Dog Report: Wind Wind and more Wind

If the current forecast holds true, we’re going to be in for some very windy wet weather. As I write this, we’re just past high tide for today and our next big high tide is tomorrow afternoon at 1:42 pm at 11.64 feet.

Wind Alert‘s forecast shows potential gusts from 39-47 mph starting tonight around 9:00 pm with the potential for significant gusts through Monday afternoon. Yowzers!

Here is the marine forecast:

Puget Sound and Hood Canal-
218 PM PST Sat Nov 13 2021

…SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM PST THIS EVENING THROUGH LATE SUNDAY NIGHT…TONIGHT…S wind 15 to 25 kt rising to 20 to 30 kt after midnight. Wind waves 3 to 5 ft. Rain.

SUN…S wind 20 to 30 kt easing to 15 to 25 kt in the afternoon. Wind waves 3 to 5 ft. Rain likely.

SUN NIGHT…S wind 15 to 25 kt rising to 20 to 30 kt after midnight. Wind waves 3 to 5 ft. A chance of rain in the evening then rain after midnight.

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

MON NIGHT…W wind 15 to 25 kt becoming SW 10 to 20 kt after midnight. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft.

Monday’s high tide is an 11.54 at 2:12 pm. According to Wind Alert’s current forecast, the wind “should” be simmering down around noon.

It looks like tomorrow’s high tide around 1:42 pm is the best chance for some potential flooding IF we have 5 foot wind waves with tides of 11.64 feet (possibly higher if we have coastal flooding). 

Barking Dog Report: Coastal Flooding and Wind Advisory

Here come the wind and waves! As I write this, 7:00 am, we have the following warnings issued by NOAA:

Coastal Flood Advisory in effect from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm today.

Wind Advisory until 4:00 pm today.

Special Weather Statement until 2:00 pm: Rainfall and high winds today will lead to increased threat of landslides in Western Washington.

High tide is 12.10 feet at 9:05 this morning.

Puget Sound and Hood Canal-Marine Forecast
244 AM PST Tue Nov 9 2021

GALE WARNING IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON

TODAY
S wind 25 to 35 kt. Wind waves 4 to 6 ft. A chance of rain in the morning then rain in the afternoon.

TONIGHT
S wind 20 to 30 kt easing to 15 to 25 kt after
midnight. Wind waves 3 to 5 ft subsiding to 2 to 4 ft after
midnight. Showers and a slight chance of tstms in the evening
then a slight chance of rain after midnight.

Current screenshot from Wind Alert

Even though high tide is two hours away, we already have some splash coming over the seawall. Even though the Marine Forecast (published at 2:44 am) says winds from the south, it’s coming from the southwest (as what Wind Alert is showing).

Stay safe!

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! 

Barking Dog Report: Gale Warning starting this afternoon

It looks like we’re in for another dose of strong winds and rain. A Gale Warning has been issued starting this afternoon through Thursday evening. The forecasted winds combined with the high tide of 12.05 feet at 4:38 pm today are why we’re calling this a “barking dog report”. If you’re new to Beach Drive Blog, a “Barking Dog Report” is issued when we think there’s a good chance of flooding to occur from wind and waves breeching seawalls or bulkheads. We call it “Barking Dog Report” because it’s just like a neighbors barking dog where there could be trouble or it could amount to nothing at all – it’s just a warning or possibly cause for concern.

Here are details on what is currently in the forecast. Links to the weather or under “Swell Links” on this website and embedded in the post so you can check for updated forecast.

Let’s start with the Gale Warning and Marine Forecast:

Puget Sound and Hood Canal-  235 AM PDT Thu Nov 4 2021

GALE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON PDT TODAY THROUGH THIS EVENING

TODAY S wind 15 to 25 kt rising to 25 to 35 kt in the  afternoon. Wind waves 3 to 5 ft. Rain.

TONIGHT SW wind 25 to 35 kt becoming S 15 to 25 kt after  midnight. Wind waves 3 to 5 ft. Rain in the evening then rain  likely after midnight.

FRI  S wind 20 to 30 kt easing to 15 to 25 kt in the afternoon.  Wind waves 3 to 5 ft. Rain.

Wind Alert for Alki 


You can see on the bottom bar, we’re potentially set to have several windy days! With a high tide of 12.05 feet at 4:38 pm this afternoon, if winds are gusting in the mid to upper 30s, and we have 5 foot waves, we could see significant splashing and water coming over bulkheads.

Again, hopefully we’re just barking about nothing! The forecast may be scaled back as soon as I publish this 😉

Stay safe, neighbors!

FREE Extra Yard Waste Pick Up November!

Seattle Public Utilities is offering up to 10 additional yard waste bags to be picked up during your regular scheduled collection day with no additional charge.

This offer is good throughout the month of November.

This is an attempt to help keep the drains from getting clogged with leaves.

With the forecasted weather that’s heading our way, including a Gale Warning starting tomorrow at noon through Friday at 12:00 am (as of 11/3/21 12:19pm), clearing the drains is always a good idea!

Spooktacular Halloween along Beach Drive

There are some scary things along Beach Drive this Halloween!



Have a safe and fun Halloween!