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October 24, 2013 at 12:58 PM
A Washington State Ferries captain used a loudspeaker this morning to tell his passengers on the Clinton-Mukilteo run to “brace for impact” when an object popped up on the radar of his ferry, the Cathlamet.
It was foggy, of course, when the ferry left the Clinton dock at the south end of Whidbey Island about 9:30 a.m. Shortly after the ferry got under way, the captain saw the blip on the radar screen while crew on the car deck and in the pilot house had additional eyes on the water, said Capt. Pete Williams, director of the system’s operations center.
The smaller vessel appeared to be a fishing boat on the move, Williams said. Luckily, the ferry captain was able to stop the ferry in time before there was a collision.
Another incident attributed to the fog happened Wednesday when the ferry Wenatchee had to stop mid-course on its 2:05 p.m. run Seattle to Bainbridge, officials said. In that case, the captain went off course. He reversed direction to find the proper travel lane and resumed the run, Williams said.
Ferries have been traveling at low speed all week. Captains are expected to be able to stop within half the visible distance, he said.
On the Clinton-Mukilteo route, a ferry would go 13 nautical miles per hour in good conditions, but the Cathlamet was moving much slower, allowing it to stop in time. “Contact was averted because of the efforts of the captain,” Williams said.
Capt. George Capacci, WSF’s deputy chief for operations, said he rode another ferry this week where the captain was “picking his way through” gillnetters between Seattle and Bainbridge Island.
There are about 450 ferry trips daily in the state, and so far these are the only two fog-related incidents significant enough to be noticed by passengers, he said.
Williams said this stretch of foggy days has occurred about 10 times in his 31-year career with the ferry system.
October 24, 2013 at 11:02 AM
A bit of moisture in the air never hurt anybody, right, Seattle? Still, the recent fog has been fun. Seattleites on social media have dubbed the weather phenomenon, “Fogtober” or “Fogmageddon” (Do we really need another -mageddon)?
The fog has also been photogenic — check out this gallery of pictures from our staff photographers.
October 22, 2013 at 9:34 AM
BELLINGHAM (AP) — The Washington State Patrol says two drivers were killed in a head-on collision in heavy fog early Tuesday near Ferndale.
The patrol says a 33-year-old man was attempting to pass another car in the fog on Highway 548 when he collided with a car driven by an 18-year-old from Blaine.
Both men died at the scene.
September 9, 2013 at 9:51 AM
The Associated Press
Summer may be in its final weeks, but forecasters say it will make itself felt with above-normal temperatures this week.
The National Weather Service expects the highest temperatures — 15 to 20 degrees above average on Wednesday and Thursday.
Highs are forecast in the 80s in Western Washington and 90s in Eastern Washington.
Clouds are expected to return to Western Washington by Friday to cool things off to the 70s by the weekend.
January 22, 2013 at 6:47 AM
Sonics deal done, but more work ahead: Monday’s announcement that a Seattle group had purchased the Kings was tempered with words of caution from those involved, who were quick to remind fans that there are still a handful of hoops to clear before hoops returns to Seattle.
Oh, say, can you see? Maybe not, if you’re in the Puget Sound area. That familiar dense fog is shrouding the Seattle area again this morning, prompting the Weather Service to warn of poor visibility, icy roadways and stagnant air. But a change is in the wind. After 11 dry days, rain is expected to move into the area Tuesday night, with a chance of rain in the forecast every day through next Monday.
One dead in Edmonds fire: One person has died in a fire at an Edmonds apartment complex. A neighbor told KING5 that a woman lived alone in the unit where the fire took place.
More nightmares for Dreamliner: The Japanese transport ministry is conducting a second probe at GS Yuasa Corp.’s headquarters. Yuasa supplies Boeing the lithium batteries at the center of the investigation into problems with the 787.
‘Katt’ Williams has long left Seattle, but the charges are still piling up: The comedian faces a new misdemeanor harassment charge stemming from an alleged fight last month at World Sports Grille.
January 18, 2013 at 7:11 AM
Foggy and cold: We know you’re getting used to it so it won’t be a shock to learn it’s going to be cold and foggy into next week, says the National Weather Service. That also means the air isn’t moving and that’s ideal for pollution to hang around. But by Tuesday or Wednesday, we could have rain in the Puget Sound area. That sounds more like the Seattle we know.
Former Coug and NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf and his troubles: One might hope that Leaf, whose drug problems landed him in a Montana prison, might have had a chance to make things better through a state-sponsored, locked drug-rehab program, but he was kicked out and put back in prison after violating conditions of the program and threatening a staffer. Since leaving WSU and the NFL, Leaf has pretty much made a mess. Seattle Times sports writer Danny O’Neill profiled him last year.
Trouble in the King County Sheriff’ Department’s Special Assault Unit? You might want to read this: 3 sheriff’s detectives sue county, claiming sex harassment
And then there’s this report from KING5: Seattle named 13th worst bed bug city
Will you fly on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner once the FAA says they’re safe to return to service again? With all the problems the grounded planes have had of late, we’re just wondering. Vote in our poll.
Most-read stories this morning on seattletimes.com:
- Jaguars hire Seahawks’ Bradley as head coach
- Mariners get Mike Morse in three-way trade
- 787 grounded, but Boeing to keep building
- UK’s Cameron: Algeria operation not finished
- NBA commissioner David Stern says there is “no purchase or sales agreement” between Kings and Seattle group
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September 19, 2012 at 11:47 AM
Was it foggy enough for you this morning?
Sun’s out now in some places and we’re hoping it will be all sun everywhere by this afternoon.
If you love the fog, though, perhaps you’ll enjoy this ferry in the mist photo by staff photographer Mike Siegel.
July 12, 2012 at 11:59 AM
January 27, 2012 at 10:52 AM
The sun is shining at 10:45 a.m. Friday in many places in and around Seattle, but some folks around here woke up to fog this morning.
December 5, 2011 at 6:50 AM
Weather: Whoa, it’s freezing out there. Temperatures hovering around 30, 31, 32. Brrrr. Otherwise, fog this morning (as if you didn’t already know). Fog tomorrow. Cloudy Wednesday. It might actually get sunny for a bit later today. Wasn’t that sun great yesterday? Temperature near freezing overnight tonight, though. What is this, December? The details.
Traffic: Might be some freezing fog out there this morning in some places, so watch out. The map and cams.
Missing boy’s sister: A hearing is scheduled this morning to determine who will have custody of the 4-year-old sister of Sky Metalwala of Redmond. Sky has been missing for a month now. His sister, who had been in her mother’s care, was placed with the state after the boy went missing. The father has been trying to get custody of his daughter. The parents are involved in a divorce and child custody dispute. The search for the boy continues.
Early sunset: The earliest one of year occurs today. Staff reporter Lynda Mapes is covering the story. More to come.
Britney Spears birthday wish? Now ain’t that nice … Students at Central Washington University sent the pop star Happy Birthday greetings via video and she tweeted, “Thanks y’all, now go back to studying. LOL.” Story by KOMO TV.
The Seattle Times’ Fund for the Needy program is in full swing. Here’s a story by staff reporter Carol Ostrom on Senior Services and all that it provides.Most-read stories on seattletimes.com this morning:
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