Thursday, November 20, 2014

Eyes Over Puget Sound wings to outer coast of Washington

By Sandy Howard, Communications Manager, Environmental Assessment Program

Our scientists caught this bird's eye view of Long Beach Peninsula.  

We flew out to Washington’s outer coast last Monday, with stops at Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor. We think you'll enjoy our newest set of photos and observations.

A cold spell has hit Puget Sound lowlands. Now, the warm ocean is coinciding with the warmest water temperatures achieved by Puget Sound in October. 

Hood Canal’s higher dissolved oxygen and cold water anomalies are disappearing. 

November brings cold water from Whidbey Basin into Puget Sound with moderate levels of chlorophyll fluorescence. 

We saw big smacks of jellyfish in finger inlets of South Sound.  Red-brown blooms remain strong in smaller bays of South Sound.  We also saw visible suspended sediments in the coastal estuaries from rain, wind, and waves. 

If you are a hearty soul and you are playing in the water this season, visit our BEACH program website.

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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