High Winds, Big Waves Wreaking Havoc On Sea Travel

High winds in Southeast this winter are wreaking havoc on land and at sea. The state ferry Kennicott postponed a scheduled cross-gulf voyage earlier in February due to heavy weather. The Kennicott is rated for open-ocean travel.

What kind of weather could keep it tied to the dock?

On Friday, February 3, Sitka experienced sustained winds of 53 miles per hour throughout much of the morning, and recorded a peak gust of 86 miles per hour.

Meteorologist Joel Curtis, with the National Weather Service in Juneau, says he and his colleagues have been analyzing data from the Cape Fairweather data buoy.  KCAW’s Robert Woolsey recently spoke with Curtis about the recorded sea height offshore on that morning.

Curtis called the wave height “mountainous.”

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Robert Woolsey is a reporter at KCAW in Sitka.

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