Thu. Dec 12th, 2019

Tragedy in Alaska

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

    Forecast Issued 11:00 AM PST Thursday 12 December 2019 - Thursday: Mainly cloudy. A few showers this afternoon. High 6. Thursday night: Mainly cloudy. 60 percent chance of showers late this evening and overnight. Low plus 4. Friday: Cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers early in the morning. Becoming partly cloudy late in the afternoon. High 6. Friday night: Cloudy periods. Low zero. Saturday: A mix of sun and cloud. High plus 4. Saturday night: Clear. Low minus 1. Sunday: Sunny. High plus 3. Sunday night: Increasing cloudiness. Low minus 2. Monday: Flurries or rain showers. High plus 3. Monday night: Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low plus 3. Tuesday: Periods of rain. High 7. Tuesday night: Rain. Low plus 4. Wednesday: Rain. High 7.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    6.6° C
    0.1 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    100.99 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    N/A 0 km/h
    gusting 0 km/h
    Humidity
    98 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    6.6° C
    Heat Index
    6.6° C
    Dewpoint
    6.3° C
    UV
    0.0
    Solar
    37 W/m2
    Last Updated: 15:40:00 PST
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  • Today's Almanac
    Rain since Midnight
    0.0 mm
    Continuous Rainfall (< 24hr gap)
    No Qualifying Rainfall mm
    Civil Rise
    07:26
    Moon Phase
    Full (99% full)
    Civil Set
    16:59
    Day Length
    12:12:55
    Day High
    6.6° C @ 14:54 Tdy.
    Day Low
    3.6° C @ 01:33 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    0.0mm/hr00:00
    Day High Barometer
    100.99 kPa @ 15:29 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    100.38 kPa @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    1.2° C @ 00:37 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    6.6° C @ 14:54 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 6km/h @ 00:40 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    114W/m2 @ 12:54 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    0.6 @ 10:56 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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