Wind and Waves to Wrap Up 2020…last Barking Dog Report of the year!

Happy New Year, Neighbors!

It looks like around midnight we could see winds picking up and staying strong through Friday with gusts in the low 40s on Saturday, according to the current predictions from Wind Alert.  The current forecast from the UW (below) has gusts up to 50mph! With waves predicted up to 5 feet on Friday and up to 7 feet on Saturday… we’re keeping a close on weather and are preparing for potential flooding, although our home typically is hit when the wind comes more from the southwest.

Friday has a high tide of 12.43 at 7:21 am and a 10.21 feet at 5:16 pm.
Saturday’s high tides are 12.50 feet at 7:55 am and 9.87 feet at 6:05 pm.

Here’s the current marine forecast:

Puget Sound and Hood Canal-  254 PM PST Thu Dec 31 2020    SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH  SATURDAY AFTERNOON

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

 FRI  S wind 10 to 20 kt. Wind waves 1 to 3 ft. A chance of  rain.  

FRI NIGHT  S wind 20 to 30 kt easing to 15 to 25 kt after  midnight. Wind waves 3 to 5 ft. Rain.  

SAT  S wind 15 to 25 kt rising to 20 to 30 kt in the afternoon.  Wind waves 3 to 5 ft.  

SAT NIGHT  S wind 30 to 40 kt becoming SW 15 to 25 kt after  midnight. Wind waves 5 to 7 ft subsiding to 2 to 4 ft after  midnight.

The forecast from UW:

Seattle and Vicinity-
Including the cities of Seattle, Shoreline, Federal Way, and Kent
252 PM PST Thu Dec 31 2020

TONIGHT…A slight chance of rain late in the evening. A chance of rain after midnight, then rain at times late in the night. Rainfall amounts a tenth to a quarter of an inch possible. Lows in the 40s. South wind 10 to 15 mph.

NEW YEARS DAY…Cloudy with a chance of rain until late afternoon, then rain at times late in the afternoon. Rainfall amounts a tenth to a quarter of an inch possible. Highs in the lower to mid 50s. Southeast wind to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon.

FRIDAY NIGHT…Breezy. Rain at times. Rainfall amounts a quarter to a half inch possible. Lows in the 40s. South wind 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 35 mph.

SATURDAY…Breezy, rain. Rainfall amounts a quarter to a half inch possible. Highs near 50. South wind 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 40 mph.

SATURDAY NIGHT…Windy, rain. Rainfall amounts one to three inches possible. Lows in the lower to mid 40s. South wind 20 to 35 mph with gusts to 50 mph decreasing to 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 35 mph after midnight.

Stay safe and take care!

Barking Dog Report: On Watch for Friday

EDITORS NOTE: Please scroll to the bottom of this post for updates.

If you’re a long time reader of Beach Drive Blog, then you’re most likely familiar with “the Barking Dog Report”. We issue a “Barking Dog Report” when we think there is a strong possibility that our Beach Drive home may flood from waves coming over the bulkhead. Sometimes, much like a neighbors barking dog (and the weatherman), we may be off and there is no issue. However, we think it’s always good to prepare for worse case scenario for those few times that flooding does occur.

For this report, we’re more of a concerned dog that’s sniffing the air for what may come this Friday. What has our ears pulled back this morning? Check out the current data from Wind Alert.


You can see by the bottom graph for this week that we’re going to be in for some stormy, windy weather… however, if Friday’s current forecast holds true, we could have gusts as high as 62 mph around 1:00 pm!

High tide is predicted to be 11.72 feet at 10:12 am on Friday, which is when the wind really appears to start picking up based on this morning’s chart from Wind Alert. At 1:00 p.m., tides are predicted to be around 10 feet…but with winds that strong, waves should be pretty intense.

Again, I hope we’re barking for nothing, just like your neighbor’s dog. It doesn’t hurt to be prepared for a big storm…just in case!

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PS PS: Stay tuned! Weather is such a moving target! As 12:54 pm (a few hours since publishing this post) Wind Alert is showing the strongest gust on Friday to be “only” 46 mph at 4:00 am.

UPDATE: As of 8:00 a.m. December 12, 2018, it looks like Friday will be a non-event. Thursday looks stormy but nothing like what we had originally shared on this post. 🙂