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    Default PWS this weekend (5-17 to 19)?

    Anyone going out this weekend? Looks cold and wet. What are your plans?
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    Yes. I plan on being cold and wet.

    Launch tomorrow afternoon. Try out my new pot puller, maybe catch some rockfish. Probably won't venture too far out since the weather looks like it will be iffy.

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    I might head out on sunday for a week solo trip if the weather looks good.

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    im planning on it. I discovered some trailer issues last night so I have to fix those before get out. If worst comes to worst then ill be out on sunday, got some gps coordinates for halibut that need to be tried

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    Skipping this weekend. But we wil be out there next weekend for sure.
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    Looks like 10 ft seas according to my VHF. I dont think anyone should go near that.
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    10 foot where? But one question I do have is how can you have a small craft advisory tonight for Passage Canal and show that it's going to be 2 foot seas and 15 knot winds? ? OK, I see now 10 foot out in the Gulf. Yikes.

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    Pkz129-171500-
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    400 pm akdt thu may 16 2013

    ...small craft advisory tonight...

    .tonight...e wind 15 kt. Seas 2 ft. Rain and snow.
    .fri...e wind 10 kt. Seas 2 ft. Rain and snow.
    .fri night...w wind 10 kt increasing to 20 kt after midnight. Seas
    3 ft. Rain and snow.
    .sat and sat night...w wind 20 kt. Seas 3 ft.
    .sun...w wind 15 kt. Seas 2 ft.
    .mon through tue...variable wind less than 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.

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    I was planning to go Friday afternoon and come back Sunday Am, not liking the rain and snow forecast. I think the wind and waves will be okay but not sure I would even be able to spot a bear in a snow storm.
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    Planning to head out early Friday afternoon, back Sunday. The big blow is expected tonight (Thursday) with okay conditions on Friday in PWS, improving through the weekend. Was in Blackstone and Cochrane last week (Thursday-Friday). Lots of snow down to the waterline; going to be a late spring for sure! But flat seas, no rain, and the sun even peaked out a couple of times. YMMV.
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    It was 10 ft in the gulf or PWS area. Passage was 2 as stated by others. So Ok until you get out of passage then pretty much a washing machine the size of a small state.
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    I will probably wait until Monday and see how cranky ma weather gets!

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    I wont' be going out in this stuff this weekend. Maybe if the 4 PM weather update shows a big change in a good way.

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    Updated forecast. For those going out be careful.


    Zone Forecast: Prince William Sound (PKZ125) Mobile Weather Information
    Last Update: 400 AM AKDT FRI MAY 17 2013
    Hazardous marine condition(s):

    Small Craft Advisory
    Today: SE wind 25 kt. Seas 6 ft. Rain.
    Tonight: SE wind 20 kt becoming NW 10 kt after midnight. Seas 4 ft. Rain.
    Sat: Variable wind 15 kt. Seas 3 ft.
    Sat Night: N wind 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.
    Sun: NW wind 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.
    Mon And Tue: Variable wind less than 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.

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    We've rescheduled for a Sunday departure and Tuesday return. Had hoped to spend a day on the E side of Perry Island, and with SE 25-20 the swell coming in from the Gulf would have been a sloppy mess. Tucking into Cochrane should give protection from the prevailing wind, but still not nearly as nice as when it lays down Sunday-Monday like it's supposed to.

    FYI, Cliffside Marina has a web cam which shows conditions at the head of Passage Canal. This gives you a glimpse of conditions at the harbor and can help with "go" or "no-go" decisions on a day like today.
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    We canceled our plans as well, the rain and snow does not sound fun.

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    Here is a site I rely on for PWS weather info and web cams. The FAA has a couple of cameras at the airstrip at the head of Passage Canal. One of them gives a good view of the water at the head of Passage Canal. There are weather stations on Seal Island and the West Orca Bay bouy that I look at wind speed in the middle of PWS if I am heading east and south of Knight Island. There are some sites from last year that seem to be gone this year such as the PSWAC's hatchery on Esther Island. There still is good real time visual and wind/wave height data displayed on the site.

    http://data.aoos.org/maps/sensors/#b...ensor-stations[b:1;a:13636]

    Even with all this information, you still can get skunked. I tried to get out on Wednesday for a day trip to run the boat for the first time this year before towing it down to Homer for Memorial weekend. The 36 hour "good" weather window shrunk to 12 hours. I bailed at the toll booth with the clouds on the deck, 32 degree temps and rain/snow precpitation as we were going to go exploring on Culross Island. Sigh, interesting spring.

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    There is also

    http://whittierforum.yukontel.com/whittier_cam.htm can't see much today with the rain but 2 good cameras updated every 10 min. I don't think the Cliffside cameras are updated much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skydiver View Post
    I wont' be going out in this stuff this weekend. Maybe if the 4 PM weather update shows a big change in a good way.
    So when do they update ? Just a 4 pm? always wondered when the do updates
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    So when do they update ? Just a 4 pm? always wondered when the do updates
    Roger,

    NOAA updates the marine forecast at 4:00 AM and 4:00 PM.

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