Bruce’s Weather Brief for August 12-13 Rain and Lightning Coming

Finally, our weather is definitely changing and going back to more normal conditions. We can say goodbye to the above normal temps, goodbye to the smoke and put the welcome mat out for some rain which will end our record dry spell. All good, well almost all good. There will be some problems associated with these changes, not really much for boaters but if you’re staying at home you should be aware. The first problem that occurs after such a long dry spell is that roads have now picked up a significant coating of oil and other petroleum products which when the rain comes will make them very slick. The second problem is the dust and other gunk that has accumulated on transformers and power poles can become conductive with rain causing power outages and even fires resulting from the short circuits. Perhaps the most significant problem will be the lightning that will be coming in with this trough of low pressure. There simply isn’t enough going to be enough rain to put out the fires that may be started by the lightning.

For boaters, we’ve already got southerlies over the inland waters and those will continue over the weekend until the post frontal northerly makes its way down the Sound on Sunday afternoon. Per usual the most wind will be in the central and eastern portion of the Strait of Juan de Fuca with gale warnings up for tonight and tomorrow afternoon. Still, no major reason to stay home. Summer is fading rapidly so why not get out and enjoy our waters. I have it from a very reliable source that the areas where it is legal to crab are producing some excellent catches.

Have a great weekend.


Bruce has raced and cruised the Pacific Northwest his entire life. He earned a Bachelor's of Science from the University of Washington in Biological Oceanography and learned meteorology "to keep from getting kicked around on the race course." Bruce spent nearly two decades as Associate Publisher for Northwest Yachting Magazine, retiring in mid-2015, and was the chairman of the board of trustees for the Northwest Marine Trade Association in 2014. (photo of Bruce driving Playstation is a bit dated, but cool)

2 thoughts on “Bruce’s Weather Brief for August 12-13 Rain and Lightning Coming

  • August 11, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Thanks, Bruce.. we are headed tomorrow for a week in the San Juans.. On Friday, Northern Century! A forecast would be cool.

    • August 11, 2017 at 8:50 pm

      From Bruce: Hi David, Thanks for the note. Absolutely, I’d be happy to do a Northern Century forecast for you on Friday. I think the race starts on Friday late afternoon or early evening so I’ll get it posted by around noon on Friday or as soon as I get the high resolution Euro models. I think that other than this Saturday night/Sunday morning you should have a great week of cruising in the Islands!
      Have fun and be safe. Thanks again David


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