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So, about a week ago, Colleen contacted me and asked if I would be willing to go on a boat trip tomorrow. I was to be at the dock at 5 am tomorrow and we would deadhead over to Whittier and pick up about 60 people and bring them back here. For the past couple days, I've been monitoring the marine weather around here. Here's the latest report:

PORT VALDEZ-
.TONIGHT...VARIABLE WINDS 10 KTS OR LESS. SEAS 2 FT OR LESS.
PERIODS OF RAIN. PATCHY FOG.
.MON THROUGH TUE...SW WINDS 15 KTS. SEAS 3 FT. RAIN AND FOG.

VALDEZ NARROWS-
...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY TONIGHT...

.TONIGHT...NE WINDS INCREASING TO 25 KTS. SEAS 3 FT OR LESS. PERIODS
OF RAIN. PATCHY FOG.
.MON THROUGH TUE...SW WINDS 20 KTS. SEAS 3 FT OR LESS. RAIN AND FOG.

VALDEZ ARM-
...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY TONIGHT AND MON...

.TONIGHT...NE WINDS 10 KTS OR LESS INCREASING TO SE 25 KTS BY
MIDNIGHT. SEAS 2 FT BUILDING TO 5 FT BY MIDNIGHT. PERIODS OF RAIN.
PATCHY FOG.
.MON...SE WINDS 25 KTS DIMINISHING. SEAS 5 FT SUBSIDING. RAIN AND
FOG.
.MON NIGHT THROUGH WED...SW WINDS 20 KTS OR LESS. SEAS 4 FT OR LESS.
RAIN AND FOG.

PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND
...GALE WARNING THROUGH MONDAY...

.TODAY...E WIND 25 KT INCREASING TO 35 KT IN THE AFTERNOON.
SEAS 4 FT BUILDING TO 8 FT IN THE AFTERNOON. RAIN.
.TONIGHT...E WIND 45 KT. GUSTS TO 70 KT THROUGH CHANNELED AREAS.
SEAS BUILDING TO 14 FT. RAIN.
.MON...E WIND 45 KT. GUSTS TO 65 KT THROUGH CHANNELED AREAS.
SEAS 14 FT. RAIN.
.MON NIGHT...SE WIND 35 KT. SEAS 10 FT.


Colleen called me a couple hours ago and told me the trip was cancelled. I would be lying if I said I wasn't relieved.

To give you some perspective, the Port and the Narrows usually have a forecast of "seas 2 feet or less," which basically means flat calm. Normally in the summertime, the Sound has a forecast of anywhere between 2-4 feet. A couple times this summer when we couldn't go out, it was because the seas were 6-7 feet. I cannot imagine what 14-footers would be like.
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