Thursday, March 27, 2014

Eyes Over Puget Sound for March 24, 2014

By Sandy Howard, Communications Manager, Environmental Assessment Program

Spit at entrance to Sequim Bay.
We were up in the air again on Monday.

A highlight was the dramatic view we spotted of the Stilliguamish River sending mud and sediment into Port Susan.

Overall, our marine scientists are seeing air temperatures increasing slowly and river flows are above normal. Visible algal blooms are limited to smaller bays, in particular Sequim Bay and Bellingham Bay.

Noctiluca started to bloom and surface in East Sound, Orcas Island, coinciding with high numbers of jellyfish.

Debris lines are mostly confined to Hood Canal.

Colder, saltier conditions have been developing during the winter in the northern regions and pockets of colder water have been observed in Central Sound and Hood Canal. Oxygen is variable yet close to expected ranges. Sizable oil sheens were sighted in Gig Harbor and Carr Inlet.

Stilliguamish River mouth at Port Susan on March 24.
We hope you enjoy our March 24, 2014 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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