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!

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!

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!

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!

 

Wind, Rain and Snow…oh my!

We have currently have a Wind Advisory in effect starting at 10:00 am this morning through 7:00 am tomorrow morning. Along with a Special Weather Statement warning of higher risks of landslides due to heavy rainfall.

Wind Alert is predicting a very windy day and shows the same snow forecast as well.

Here are the upcoming high tides:

  • 11.6 ft @ 9:08 am – Fri, Jan 31 
  • 8.00 ft @ 9:40 pm – Fri, Jan 31
  • 11.3 ft @ 9:43 am – Sat, Feb 1
  • 8.00 ft @ 11:07 pm – Sat, Feb 1

Puget Sound Marine Forecast (from 2:41 am)

Puget Sound and Hood Canal- 241 AM PST Fri Jan 31 2020 SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON GALE WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON

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

TONIGHT: S wind 30 to 40 kt. Wind waves 5 to 7 ft. Rain.  

SAT: SW wind 20 to 30 kt. Wind becoming NW 25 to 35 kt N part  in the afternoon. Wind waves 4 to 6 ft. Rain.

SAT NIGHT SW wind 10 to 20 kt except NW 20 to 30 kt N part in  the evening. Wind waves 1 to 3 ft except 3 to 5 ft N part in the evening.

We are on the fence on as to whether or not this should be one of our “Barking Dog” reports… this weather is certainly enough to make us whine and whimper. Should the winds really pick up and be from the southwest, then we are likely to see some of water come over our bulkhead. It’s 8:14 AM as I am writing this with just shy of an hour to go before our high tide of 11.6 feet. It’s grey and wet out and I’m hoping that by the time the winds pick up that the tides will be low enough to just give us spectacular spray. We have a lower high tide tonight with potentially stronger winds. 

Bottom line, I think hubby will be making sure our pumps and generators are operational today! 

Wish our Seahawks were playing this weekend and we hope you stay warm and dry.

Storm Response Map for Seattle

A huge thank you to Stephanie, one of our readers, for sharing this link showing which roads are being serviced in the event of snow. I’ve added a link to this helpful site to “Swell Links” on the right side of this blog.

It appears we have a chance of snow in the forecast until this weekend.

And it looks like tonight will be another windy one. Stay warm, Neighbors!

Possible Water Spout on Puget Sound

Yesterday one of our neighbors captured video of what looks like the beginnings of a water spout off the shores of Alki Point.

Video credit: Barb Howell

Other neighbors contacted us as well inquiring about the water wind wonder on Puget Sound. We don’t have any meteorologist in our household…but this certainly looks spouty to me!

Potential Barking Dog Report: Wind, Waves and High Tides predicted for tomorrow

We have been keeping an eye on our mobile aps, WindAlert and PredictWind, which are both indicating that we could be in for quite a storm tomorrow morning. This, of course, coincides with very high tides of 12.8 feet at 7:00 am tomorrow morning.

Check out the tides predicted for tomorrow and how it potentially pairs with the wind forecast.

Here is the Puget Sound and Hood Canal Marine Forecast (last updated at 2:41 am):

 FRI  S wind 20 to 30 kt. Wind waves 3 to 5 ft. A chance of rain  in the morning then rain likely in the afternoon.

 FRI NIGHT  S wind 15 to 25 kt easing to 5 to 15 kt after  midnight. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft subsiding to 2 ft or less after midnight.

If this forecast holds, we think there’s a strong potential that we could experience waves slosh over our bulkhead… especially if the wind direction leans to the southwest.

Last but not least, we’ve used a picture of a howling golden retriever for our “barking dog” reports warning of potential weather issues. We thought you might like to see our retriever in action.

Hitch dedicates this song to his favorite gal, Indie.

Possible Windy Night

Wind Alert is showing some potentially gusty winds in store later tonight. Our next high tide is 11.56 feet at 4:55 p.m. …just when the winds are predicted to pick up.

The Puget Sound Marine Forecast has issued a small craft advisory through tonight:

TODAY
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.

TONIGHT
S wind 20 to 30 kt. Wind waves 3 to 5 ft. Rain.

The UW’s forecast has not been updated since 3:08 am.

Seattle and Vicinity-
Including the cities of Seattle, Shoreline, Federal Way, and Kent
308 AM PST Tue Jan 22 2019

TODAY…Breezy. Rain likely in the morning, then rain in the afternoon. Rainfall amounts a quarter to a half inch possible. Highs in the mid to upper 40s. South wind 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 35 mph.

TONIGHT…Windy, rain. Rainfall amounts a quarter to a half inch possible. Lows in the lower to mid 40s. South wind 15 to 30 mph with gusts to 40 mph.

 

It looks like this may just miss us as far as any measurable flooding… however, it could be a spectacular night with plenty of splash. Stay tuned!