What's A Gale Warning Mean?

Tools

By By Steve Pool

SEATTLE - Local mariners (the boating ones, not the ones at Safeco Field) should be well versed in the various marine advisories that are commonly issued around here. It could save a distress call to the Coast Guard!

If wind speeds are expected to be sustained between 21 and 33 knots, a "Small Craft Advisory" will be issued. There's no legal definition of "small craft" but the Coast Guard generally recommends boats smaller than 33 feet should avoid being on the water, but it depends on the experience of the crew.

If winds are expected between 34-47 knots sustained, a "Gale Warning" will be issued. "Storm Warnings" will be issued for any sustained wind speeds higher than 48 knots in the Northwest. However, "Hurricane Warnings" will be issued along the Atlantic Seaboard and Gulf Coast for higher wind speeds with approaching hurricanes.

Your Photos

YouNews Hurricane odile Hurricane odile
Hi, I'm a resident of issaquah wa, here with my husband in cabo San Lucas. We are 34 and 38 years old came down to vacation for the first time since the birth of our first child (3 years old). We landed in cabo on Tuesday the 16th of September.
YouNews Waiting their turn Waiting their turn
A Washington State Ferry waits its turn to dock at the Lopez Island Ferry Terminal as the sun rises over Mount Baker in the background.
YouNews Reflection Reflection
During my time in Seattle, WA, I've had the opportunity to take all sorts of interesting pictures. There is water everywhere here, and in this shot; it provides a perfect mirror to the road above.