Public Comment period extended on Grays Harbor navigation improvement

SEATTLE – A public comment period for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Grays Harbor Navigation Improvement Project draft limited reevaluation report including a draft supplemental Environmental Impact Statement has been extended through April 8. The draft reevaluation report, draft supplemental EIS and appendices are available to review on line at: http://1.usa.gov/MS6jUw  or through Seattle District’s main website: http://www.nws.usace.army.mil by clicking on “Grays Harbor Navigation” under the “Most Requested” column. The Corps is accepting public comments on the draft limited reevaluation report and supplemental EIS through April 8.   Comments can be sent via email to: GraysHarborComments@usace.army.mil or through the mail to Josh Jackson, CENWS-PM-CP, PO Box 3755, Seattle, WA 98124-3755. Background The Grays Harbor federal navigation deep draft channel is 250 feet wide at Cosmopolis, increasing to 1,000 feet over the Bar at the mouth of Grays Harbor. The currently maintained channel depth is -36 feet Mean Lower Low Water (MLLW) from the South Reach to the Cow Point Reach, where Port of Grays Harbor Terminal 4 is located. The channel then decreases to -32 feet MLLW through Cosmopolis. The Corps investigated the feasibility of dredging the channel from the South Reach upstream to Cow Point to its fully legislatively authorized depth of -38 feet MLLW. This project covers approximately 14.5 miles of the 27.5 mile channel.  Deepening of the relevant portion of the Grays Harbor navigation channel to -38 feet MLLW was authorized by Congress in 1986, but a 1989 economic evaluation found that dredging only to -36 feet MLLW was economically justified at that time. Through updated economic and environmental analysis the present study has evaluated implementing the previously authorized -38-foot depth through a Limited Reevaluation Report and a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), building on the original 1982 EIS and its 1989 Supplement.

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Public meeting planned for Grays Harbor Navigation Improvement draft

A public meeting about the US Army Corps of Engineers Grays Harbor Navigation Improvement Project draft limited reevaluation report including a draft supplemental Environmental Impact Statement

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Strong storm to impact Southwest Washington region

South Bend, WA – The National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland has issued a High Wind Warning for the South Washington Coast. The strongest storm system so far this winter will

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High Wind Warning Saturday for South Washington Coast

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland has issued a high wind warning for the South Washington Coast in effect from 3:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday. South winds will increase late tonight to 30 to 40 mph with gusts to 65 mph becoming northwest on Saturday afternoon.

 

Precautionary/Preparedness Actions:

 

A high wind warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.

 

Please visit the NWS website at http://www.weather.gov/portland for the most up to date weather information. This page brings up all advisories, watches, and warnings for the Southwest Washington area.

Weather Prediction Class Tonight

Want to know more about the weather and weather forecasts? How do forecasters do it? How do they read those forecast charts? What do they mean and how can I use them too?

Two National Weather Service Seattle forecasters will provide those answers and more at a special Coastal Marine Weather Presentation at Grays Harbor College, 2000 Building, room 2250 on Thursday May 24th starting at 6 PM.

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This is your chance to learn more from Jay Albrecht - Lead Forecaster, and Ted Buehner, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, both from the Seattle Forecast Office. On-line NWS web site demos will also be available and they can address questions you have always wanted to ask a meteorologist. Don't miss this unique opportunity!

To register, contact Chuck Wallace at Grays Harbor County Emergency Management at GHCDEM@co.grays-harbor.wa.us or

360-249-3911. Register now! Space is limited!!

What: Coastal Marine Weather Presentation

When: Thursday, May 24th, 6 PM

Where: Grays Harbor College, 2000 Building in Room 2250.

Who: Jay Albrecht, Lead Forecaster and Marine Program Manager, and Ted Buehner, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather Service Seattle

Coastal Marine Weather Presentation Next Month

MONTESANO, Wash. - What to know more about the weather and weather forecasts? Two National Weather Service Seattle forecasters will provide those answers and more at a special Coastal Marine Weather Presentation at Grays Harbor College, May 24th.

This is your chance to learn more from Jay Albrecht - Lead Forecaster, and Ted Buehner, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, both from the Seattle Forecast Office. On-line NWS web site demos will also be available and they can address questions you have always wanted to ask a meteorologist. Don't miss this unique opportunity! - Grays Harbor Emergency Management Deputy Director Chuck Wallace

To register, contact Chuck Wallace at Grays Harbor County Emergency Management at GHCDEM@co.grays-harbor.wa.us or 360-249-3911.

What: Coastal Marine Weather Presentation
When: Thursday, May 24th, 6 PM
Where: Grays Harbor College, 2000 Building in Room 2250.
Who: Jay Albrecht, Lead Forecaster and Marine Program Manager, and Ted Buehner, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather Service Seattle

Tsunami Advisory for Washington, Warning for Oregon Coasts

...TSUNAMI WARNING IN EFFECT FOR THE OREGON COAST...
...TSUNAMI ADVISORY IN EFFECT FOR THE WASHINGTON COAST...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A TSUNAMI WARNING FOR THE
OREGON COAST...AND...A TSUNAMI ADVISORY FOR THE WASHINGTON COAST.

A LARGE EARTHQUAKE WITH A PRELIMINARY MAGNITUDE OF 8.9 HAS BEEN
DETECTED IN EASTERN JAPAN.

 

Listen to 94.7FM or 1450 AM KBKW, 105.7 The Jet, Sunny 102.1 Bigfoot 93.7 or 107.9 The Quake for updates as they become available.


The expected tsunami wave arrival times are as follows:

 

Westport – 1.1 feet @ 7.25am

Moclips – 3.3 feet @ 7:10am (The highest expected wave on the Washington Coast)



All coastal jurisdictions have been notified of the situation.
The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department is mobilizing around the County to assist local jurisdictions in notification of citizens in areas of concern.
 

At this time we are not recommending an evacuation. All citizens are urged to stay away from the beaches, harbors and coastal lowlands. Although the initial wave times are indicated, the highest wave may not impact the area for a few hours after that time. Please listen to local officials and stay tuned to your radio for updates.

 

High Wind Warning for Pacific county

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland has issued a high wind warning near beaches and headlands which is in effect until noon today.  A high wind watch remains in effect from Thursday morning through Thursday afternoon.  

 

South winds 40 to 50 mph with gusts to 70 mph this morning and early afternoon at beaches and headlands with south winds of 35 mph with gusts to 55 mph in the coastal communities.  Winds will decrease later this afternoon as a cold front passes.  South wind is expected to increase again mid Thursday morning through Thursday afternoon reaching speeds of 35 to 45 mph with gusts to 65 mph at headlands and beaches and south wind 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 60 mph at coastal communities. 

Doppler Weather Radar Coming to Grays Harbor

Doppler Location

GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY, Wash. -  The National Weather Service says Grays Harbor's Doppler Weather Radar system should be in place and operational by September of this year.

Doug McDonnal with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said they've always had a blind spot in Grays Harbor.

 

Cliff Mass with the National Weather Radio service tells us construction on the Doppler Radar site at Langley Hill in Northern Grays Harbor should begin during the next few months, with the radar installed by mid summer.