The Washington State Ferry Tillikum made it's way slowly though crashing waves and whitecaps to Vashon during a spring storm April 2.
Spring storm blows through Puget Sound
Ferries delayed by 20 minutes
A powerful spring storm blew through Puget Sound Friday April 2nd, breaking branches and making ferry travel difficult. NOAA weather predicted the strong winds would weaken overnight.
Due to high winds and rough seas all three vessels on the Fauntleroy (West Seattle) / Vashon / Southworth route are operating 20 minutes off schedule. Updates will occur when conditions change.
An alert was sent on 4/2/2010 at 5:48PM regarding the route .
On a non weather related note regarding the ferry Klayhowya on the Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route:
Due to scheduled maintenance there will be no galley service on the Klahowya on Saturday, April 3.
The Washington State Ferries website is http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries
The University of Washington Department of Atmospheric Sciences posted this marine forecast at 5 pm.
SYNOPSIS FOR NORTHERN AND CENTRAL WASHINGTON COASTAL AND INLAND WATERS INCLUDING THE OLYMPIC COAST NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY... A DEEP 972 MB LOW MOVING ONTO SOUTHERN VANCOUVER ISLAND WILL GRADUALLY MOVE NE AND WEAKEN OVERNIGHT. VERY STRONG ONSHORE FLOW THIS AFTERNOON WILL GRADUALLY RELAX TONIGHT THROUGH SAT. ANOTHER LOW WILL FORM OFFSHORE SUN AND MOVE INTO THE OREGON WATERS SUN NIGHT AND MON. A SERIES OF FRONTAL SYSTEMS WILL PASS THROUGH THE WATERS NEXT WEEK.
...STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM PDT THIS EVENING...
...GALE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM TO 11 PM PDT THIS EVENING...
TONIGHT...SW WIND 40 TO 50 KT EASING TO 25 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. COMBINED SEAS 25 TO 30 FT AT 11 SECONDS. DOMINATE PERIOD INCREASING TO 18 FT LATE. SHOWERS AND ISOLATED EVENING TSTMS.
SAT...W WIND 15 TO 25 KT...BECOMING SW 10 TO 15 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 4 TO 6 FT...SUBSIDING TO 1 TO 2 FT IN THE AFTERNOON. W SWELL 23 FT AT 17 SECONDS...SUBSIDING TO 21 FT AT 17 SECONDS IN THE AFTERNOON. SHOWERS LIKELY.
SAT NIGHT...S WIND 15 TO 20 KT...BECOMING SE 20 TO 25 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT...BUILDING TO 4 TO 5 FT AFTER MIDNIGHT. W SWELL 17 FT AT 14 SECONDS...SUBSIDING TO 14 FT AT 14 SECONDS AFTER MIDNIGHT. CHANCE OF SHOWERS.
SUN...SE WIND 20 TO 25 KT. WIND WAVES 3 TO 5 FT. W SWELL 14 FT. CHANCE OF RAIN.
SUN NIGHT...SE WIND 15 TO 25 KT BECOMING E. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT. W SWELL 12 FT. RAIN LIKELY.