Thursday, November 10, 2011

11/10 Salish Sea News and Weather: Stormy weather, tsunami debris, coal-port voting, sick swans, ocean energy, complex natives, Ballard locks

Map: Times-Colomist
“Cool weather will bring significant snow to the mountains beginning this weekend” and “strong gales are likely and locally damaging winds are possible in Strait of Juan de Fuca and the northwest interior of western Washington Friday afternoon and night,” according to the National Weather Service.

Oceanographer Curt Ebbesmeyer predicts: Japan tsunami debris could reach B.C. coast within days, expert says

About 40% of Whatcom County registered voters voted in the last election. The mayor’s race and one county council race are still too close to call but Floyd McKay in Crosscut ponders how much the prominence of the coal export issue could influence future elections along the coal route. How coal-port voting in Bellingham holds lessons for rest of state

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has reactivated its hotline where you can report finding dead or ill swans in Skagit, Whatcom and Snohomish counties: (360) 466-4345 ext. 266 Sick swans: reporting hotline now operational    

Chris Dunagan in the Kitsap Sun reports on discussions about ocean energy at the Washington State Ocean Energy Conference in Bremerton attended by about 200 earlier this week. Ocean energy is a vast, unproven resource

Oregon archaeologist Madonna L. Moss wants to set the record straight. In her new book, Northwest Coast: Archaeology as Deep History, she describes native people as more than “hunter-gatherers” but rather fishermen and food producers, and stewards of their environment who timed their fishing practices to promote the production of salmon and the other fish that they relied on. 'People were complex 12,000 years ago' 

Deborah Bach in Three Sheets Northwest reminds all: Large lock closed until Nov. 22

Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 300 AM PST THU NOV 10 2011
  TODAY
 SE WIND 10 TO 15 KT...BECOMING SW. WIND WAVES 1 OR 2 FT. SW SWELL 8 FT AT 10 SECONDS.
 TONIGHT
 S WIND 10 TO 15 KT...THEN BECOMING SW 15 TO 25 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 1 OR 2 FT BUILDING TO 2 TO 4 FT. W SWELL 9 FT AT 11 SECONDS. CHANCE OF RAIN.

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