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Old 23-10-2010, 12:17   #1
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Winter Weather Reminder

Just a reminder on winter weather here in the Pacific Northwest:
It's nothing to take lightly.

...HIGH SURF WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM SUNDAY TO 11 PM PDT MONDAY...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MEDFORD HAS ISSUED A HIGH SURF WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM SUNDAY TO 11 PM PDT MONDAY.
LARGE NORTHWEST SWELL OF 20 TO 23 FEET WILL ARRIVE SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND BUILD TO A PEAK OF 25 TO 30 FEET SUNDAY NIGHT. SWELL WILL THEN SLOWLY DIMINISH MONDAY INTO MONDAY NIGHT.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
A HIGH SURF WARNING INDICATES THAT DANGEROUS...BATTERING WAVES WILL POUND THE SHORELINE. THIS WILL RESULT IN VERY DANGEROUS CONDITIONS...AND DEADLY RIP CURRENTS.


Last Update: 835 AM PDT SAT OCT 23 2010
Coastal Waters Forecast for Coastal waters from Florence to Cape Blanco OR out 10 nm (PZZ350)


NOAA's National Weather Service-Powerful Storm to Impact the Area This Weekend
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Old 23-10-2010, 13:12   #2
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Great! take a deck chair down to the waterfront and watch the action
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Old 23-10-2010, 13:19   #3
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Sounds like a great time for the 'Coasties' to practice their crash boat drills off the Columbia River Bar! Those folks have brass ones to be sure!
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Old 23-10-2010, 13:28   #4
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Don't I know. We're awaiting weather to continue south and S @ 35 knots with 19 foot W swells and 8 foot S wind waves ain't it. Maybe by Wednesday.
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The weather windows keep getting smaller and smaller on the west coast this time of year. Any chance to make a run for the next port, you need to take it. Are you still in AK? If you are, getting to the Queen Charlottes is a bit of a chore in Southerlies but once there, across Hecate Straits is only a days sail in westerlies. Then good hiding ground all the way to Juan de Fuca. If you're further south, GOOD LUCK! Capt Phil
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Coos Bay. The CG just closed the bar to any rec boats less than 50 feet. Not that I would venture out in this anyway. Wednesday looks like a window. Probably jump to Crescent City or Humboldt then wait for the next window.
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Good Sailing, Alaska! You should be fine now with lots of hidy holes all the way to SoCal... cheers, Capt Phil PS you are sailing on a bulletproof platform!
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Thank you, sir! I always accept any mojo offered.

And you're right, Blue Note can take a lot more than I care to.

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My son views the surf warnings as suggestions to grab his board and hit the break
I sailed across the Georgia Straight yesterday despite wind warnings that suggested Nanaimo could see 60 knots. I've noticed the warnings err on the side of caution and after checking the report from bouys and weather stations realized it hadn't hit yet. It was a very pleasant sail. The inland straight is another world away from the open ocean off the PNW.

The stations and bouys can be checked here:
Pacific - South Coast - Weather Conditions - Environment Canada=
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You're in Coos Bay right now Alaska? We keep our boat just north of you in Winchester Bay. I'm sure our bar was closed long ago. It seems to close or restrict nearly daily depending on the tide. We won;t likely get back over there again until Tuesday now.
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Yup, clausont. Charleston Marina. The CG just announced they expect to close the Coos Bay bar shortly. Seems 12-14 foot breakers in the main channel are a bit much for recreational vessels. My comfort level was passed hours ago.
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Photos or it ain't happenin'
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Photos or it ain't happenin'
Not todays video, but the conditions are about the same. This is Coos Bay Bar:


This is pretty common in our area here Mark.
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Thanks. My net connection is too expensive to do videos. $100 for 1 gb
But I've gotta go in to a internet cafe tomorow so will look at iit
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That is expensive! The video will still be there
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