Brads Last Weather Brief:
Brad Baker Coho ho ho weather August 27, 2015
Well it looks like the party is over for us here in Seattle, with a fairly drastic change in the weather in store for us this weekend. The National Weather Service is calling for rain, hard at times, especially in the Mountains where the South Facing Slopes could receive more than 4 inches of rain. This forecast could be very good news for getting the wild fires under control east of the mountains. It also would not be a very good time to sail down the coast, as stiff Southerly breeze will prevail off the Washington and Northern Oregon Coast with Gales likely at times. The one remaining boat in the Fleet Athanor will likely be paying close attention to the conditions as they plan to turn the corner on Monday the 31st.
Looking at the SnapTrack map this morning I see that Nutmeg has cleared Cape Mendocino. They are far enough South that the effects of the low pressure system heading our way won't be nearly as drastic. Here is the forecast for the waters they will be sailing in, taken right from the National Weather Service Forecast:
Today August 27
NW winds 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 1 to 3 ft. NW swell 3 to 5 ft at 9 seconds. Patchy fog in the morning.
NW winds 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 1 to 3 ft. NW swell 4 to 6 ft at 17 seconds. Patchy fog after midnight.
SW winds 10 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less. NW swell 4 to 5 ft at 16 seconds. Patchy fog in the morning.
SW winds 10 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less. NW swell 3 to 4 ft at 16 seconds. Slight chance of rain.
W winds 10 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less. W swell 3 to 5 ft at 17 seconds. Slight chance of showers. Patchy fog after midnight.
NW winds 10 to 20 kt. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft. NW swell 4 to 6 ft. Patchy fog.
NW winds 15 to 25 kt. Wind waves 3 to 5 ft. NW swell 5 to 6 ft...becoming 4 to 6 ft.
Given that the majority of the fleet has made it to San Francisco and beyond and I've been at this for more than two weeks now, it's that time for me to finish doing daily weather forecasts tor the Coho ho ho. I will continue to email directly to Nutmeg the current forecast and to advise Athanor directly as they make plans to turn the corner. For those wishing to seek weather and routing advice, I recommend you contact Rick Sheema who runs a service called the Weather Guy. www.weatherguy.com
I wish all of you the very best in the adventures you have embarked upon. May you have fair winds and following seas!
Brad Baker l Swiftsure Yachts
2500 Westlake Ave N. Suite F l Seattle, WA 98109