Iím in Edmonton safely ensconced in a cosy bungalow. I just noticed that Environment Canada
issued a winter storm warning for the entire SE quadrant of Alberta. They are calling for 10 to 20 cm of blowing snow driven by N winds gusting to 50 km/h. Temperatures will be hovering around freezing so thereíll probably be rain mixed in with the snow. Ho hum, another springtime prairie blizzard. I guess Iíll be late for work tomorrow morning but will be snug and comfy in the meantime.
So then, I see that there is a gale warning for the West Coast
Vancouver Island South zone. We are talking winds 25 to 35 knots and 3 to 4 metre waves building overnight. Right now out off Tofino, La Perouse Bank weather
buoy is reporting 4įC, wind
NW 18 gusting to 21 knots with 2.5 metre waves. Which gets me to thinking... are there any Mariners out there right now, preparing to ride out the gale in some protected anchorage? Anyone bobbing at anchor
near Tofino, surfing the web? Is this even possible? I wonder what kinds of boats you sail and how have they been made suitable for these types of PNW cruising conditions. I try to imagine what it might be like to be out there myself.