Friday, January 14, 2011

How long can you tread water?

Got this from ARRL Section Manager Jim Pace this morning:
Be careful folks. The following is a NWS Notice
The National Weather Service in Seattle has Issued A
* Flood watch for Portions of Western washington, Including The Following Counties, Grays Harbor, Clallam, Jefferson Skagit, Whatcom, King, Lewis, Mason, Pierce, Snohomish Thurston.

* from Friday Morning Through Sunday Afternoon.

* A Series of Warm and Wet Weather Systems will Give Periods Of Locally Heavy Rain. Systems are Fast Moving, but Each One will be Tapped to Tropical Moisture Originating from the Central Pacific. Each System will Likely Produce 1 to 3 Inch Rainfall Amounts in the Mountains. Freezing Levels will Also Rise to 8000 Feet Friday and to around 9000 Feet by Sunday.

* All Rivers will See Rises Beginning Friday. The First River That will See the Potential of Flooding on Friday will be The Skokomish River in Mason County. Portions of the Lower Chehalis River Could Approach Flood Stage Friday Night. After the Passage of the System on Saturday, More Rivers May Approach Flood Stage. Since the Systems will be Accompanied by Breaks in The Precipitation, It Appears That Most Flooding, if It Occurs, will be Minor.
Precautionary/preparedness Actions
A Flood watch Means Conditions are Favorable for Flooding But Flooding is Not Imminent or Occurring. Monitor the Latest Forecasts from the National Weather Service and be Ready to Act Quickly if Flooding is Observed or a Warning is Issued.

ARRL Western Washington Section
Section Manager: James D Pace, K7CEX
Busy man: He was the guest speaker at our club meeting last night. Lives in Centralia, and mentioned that the amateur radio types down there do two flood drills a year. Of course, someone asked if that was in addition to the two actual floods they get annually...

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