August 30, 2015

Hunkered-down in Ketchikan

After sitting out a blow at anchor with our friends the evening before they had to catch their flight, we made it into the airport in time the next day to drop them off. 

That was in-between weather systems. Today we are hunkered down in Bar Harbor taking 40-50 kt gusts on our 5 o-clock (SSE)

This is a good reminder that often the most dangerous thing aboard a boat is a schedule...

I think our departure toward Wrangell will be delayed a day or two…

[Special Statement from the National Weather Service, Juneau, Alaska:] 

Severe weather for Ketchikan, AK — via Weather Underground.
Special Statement

5:54 AM AKDT, 8/30,expires 4:00 PM AKDT, 8/30

... Storm to impact southern Panhandle today...

A fast developing and fast moving storm will move into the southern Panhandle late this morning near Cape Decision then across Kupreanof Island before weakening by evening. South winds will increase quickly this morning then shift to the west in the afternoon. Wind gusts of 45 to 55 mph and rain rates over one quarter of an inch per hour are possible. Rainfall totals of around 2 inches can be expected through this evening.

Ponding of water on roads is likely and small streams and creeks will rise quickly with the heavy rain but are expected to remain in their banks. A combination of heavy rain and strong winds on top of already saturated soils will increase the threat for mudslides near and along steep terrain.

And here is the marine version: 

Clarence Strait- 1108 am akdt sun Aug 30 2015
...Storm Warning today...
.Rest of today...Se wind 40 kt increasing to 50 kt in the early afternoon. Gusts to 65 kt in the afternoon. Seas 11 ft. Showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. .Tonight...S wind 30 kt diminishing late. Seas 8 ft. Showers. .Mon...Se wind 25 kt. Seas 5 ft. Showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. .Mon night...Se wind 20 kt. Seas 4 ft. Showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. .Tue...NW wind 15 kt. Seas 3 ft. .Wed...NW wind 10 kt. Seas 2 ft or less. .Thu...NW wind 10 kt. Seas 2 ft or less.

Ketchikan is the center of the bulls-eye above. Light purple are Gale warning areas, and the dark purple area [which includes Wrangell at the northern edge...] is Storm Warning...

Life is good in our floating teak cabin complete with heat and internet access...

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