For fans of the now mostly defunct University of Washington-built Boater Information System (BIS), there is some good news: not one, but two new potential replacements. When BIS appeared in 2004, it was at the forefront of a wave of websites making predictive and real-time weather information available to sailors; what they are calling an [...]
With the arrival of the Fall fog season a few safety tips for boating in the fog are in order. Before the fog sets in, make sure you have charts and a compass on board. A GPS is also good … Continue reading →
The fog began with sunny warm days and clear nights, in this case with a lovely moon. A large area of consistently high pressure arrived which your weather textbook and wall barometer will claim means fair weather. However what it really means is little pressure slope with virtually no wind and no frontal storms. Just [...]
Swimming from Florida to Cuba is hard work. Nobody knows this better than Diana Nyad, who had made four attempts at the crossing, without the assistance of a shark cage, over the course of the past 35 years, before successfully making the swim in about 53 hours early last September. It’s not just the 110 [...]
They sometimes call this month “Fogust” out here on the west coast of Vancouver Island, and it’s been living up to the reputation so far this year. Our radar has gotten a good workout from the moment we crawled out of Bull Harbour all the way back down into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. [...]
The winds in Puget Sound can be exasperatingly screwy. A frequent forecast has winds in the north part out of the north and winds in the south part out of the south. In the central part when this happens? Often enough it is calm in the section between Shilshole and the north end of Bainbridge [...]
If you boat in the Northwest, you know all about water currents. But sometimes you have to put things in perspective. And this time-lapse video by NASA does an amazing job of showing the intricate dance of water that takes place every day on our blue planet. Hard not to be captivated by this video.