Monday, November 25, 2013

The Plane! The Plane! Find out more in “Eyes Over Puget Sound” for November 21

By Sandy Howard, communication manager, Environmental Assessment Program

Eyes over Puget Sound
The Kenmore Air sea plane we use has quite a history. It was previously owned by the U.S. Army.
Winter is here. After weeks of clouds and warmer air, blue skies and cold temperatures have set in. Strong tidal fronts and sediment-rich brackish plumes leave Whidbey Basin and move into Admiralty Reach.

A pod of Orcas follows the edge of the plume heading north.

Red-brown algae blooms continue in Henderson, Eld, and northern Budd Inlets.

Long organic debris lines are numerous in northern Budd Inlet, Hood Canal, and in Central Sound north of Edmonds (Triple Junction).

Conditions in the water column in Puget Sound continue to normalize after seven months of lower oxygen. Water is very clear for this time of the year, particularly in the north.

All this and more in the November 21 “Eyes Over Puget Sound.”

“Eyes Over Puget Sound” combines high-resolution photo observations with satellite images, en route ferry data between Seattle and Victoria BC, and measurements from our moored instruments.

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