March 30, 2020

Tragedy in Alaska

  • Vancouver Island Inland Sections Forecast - No watches or warnings in effect.

    Forecast Issued 05:00 AM PDT Monday 30 March 2020 - Monday: Showers ending this morning then mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. Windy early this morning. High 8. UV index 3 or moderate. Monday night: Mainly cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low plus 1. Tuesday: Showers. High 8. UV index 1 or low. Tuesday night: Showers. Low plus 2. Wednesday: Sunny. High 11. Wednesday night: Cloudy periods. Low plus 1. Thursday: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of flurries or rain showers. High 8. Thursday night: Clear. Low minus 2. Friday: Sunny. High 13. Friday night: Clear. Low zero. Saturday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 10. Saturday night: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low plus 2. Sunday: A mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of showers. High 12.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    5.1° C
    0.6 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    99.76 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    SSW 19 km/h
    gusting 27 km/h
    Humidity
    91 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    1.3° C
    Heat Index
    5.1° C
    Dewpoint
    3.8° C
    UV
    0.0
    Solar
    0 W/m2
    Last Updated: 5:25:00 PDT
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  • Today's Almanac
    Rain since Midnight
    13.7 mm
    Continuous Rainfall (< 24hr gap)
    34.0 mm since
    March 28, 2020 00:03
    Civil Rise
    06:26
    Moon Phase
    First quarter (31% full)
    Civil Set
    20:21
    Day Length
    13:23:27
    Day High
    5.3° C @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low
    4.4° C @ 04:25 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    13.0mm/hr @ 02:45 Tdy.
    Day High Barometer
    100.04 kPa @ 00:14 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    99.58 kPa @ 02:29 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    -0.4° C @ 03:56 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    5.3° C @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 19km/h @ 05:25 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    0W/m2 @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    0.0 @ 00:00 Tdy.

My final post about this topic… that ship that was caught in the storm in Alaska… sounds like it lost its steering, foundered and took on water in 30ft waves, and eventually flipped over. 7 crew of 11 made it to a lifeboat, but at some point the raft was tossed and only 4 remained to be rescued.

Full story here. The terrible North Pacific storm season and brutal Alaskan fishery takes more lives.

1 thought on “Tragedy in Alaska

  1. the alaskan fishery is indeed brutal. The big boats work so far offshore that running into safe harbour is not an option when bad weather hits. fortunately here in BC most of our commercial fishing grounds are fairly close to shore. Still, that doesn’t prevent at least one or two deaths a year.

    So many things can go wrong out there, even when the weather is fine. Our groundfish trawl fleet lost a man on Sept. 27 when a piece of hardware broke during haulback. I’ve never looked up the statistics but in the 6 years I’ve been working on the groundfish trawl fleet, at least one person has died each year that I’ve been working at sea.

    I’ve recently changed jobs.

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