The Roiling Sea

Sea level is not level at all. Just as the surface of the earth is not flat, the surface of the ocean is not flat. Because the earth rotates to the east and because the ocean responds slowly to the rotation* and the surface of the sea piles up along... Read more

Predicting Abnormally High-Water Events

As described previously, tide tables are merely estimates calculated by averaging the highs and lows for the last ten years and projecting them forward for the coming year(s). During periods of rain, tide tables must be adjusted to higher levels than forecast. Here is a high water level forecasting tool... Read more

Understanding Tides and Water Levels in the Bay

Sooner or later everyone who lives on the water acquires a tide chart thinking that it will forecast the tides. After a while, we realize that it doesn’t. The timing of the tides can be accurately determined from the relative locations of the moon and sun and their gravitational pull... Read more

Understanding Our Local Microclimate

Every day for the first ten days after I moved to the Yellow Ferry Harbor in mid-May 1978 I woke to sunshine and hot days. I felt like I was in summertime heaven! But that lasted for only two weeks when I woke to find a blanket of fog that... Read more

Richardson Bay in the News – Again

Gate 6 ½ resident Claudia Cowan, a reporter for Fox News, has posted an update to the anchor-out situation off our shores. And writer Sharon McDonnell, who attended our September 14 open homes tour, recorded some very favorable impressions of our community for Roadtrippers Magazine. Her piece includes some gorgeous... Read more

A Stone Sat Still – Oct 3 & 5

In our hurry hurry world, Brendan Wenzel gives us a beautiful opportunity to slow down. A Stone Sat Still is the story of an ordinary rock, one that we might not give a second glance. But to the animals that use it, it’s a resting place, a kitchen, a safe... Read more

Coastal Cleanup 2019: Butts Still Worst Offender

Twenty people filled more than 19 bags of trash and recycling along our shoreline from Kappas Green to Commodore on Coastal Cleanup Day 2019. Among the unusual items found were goggles, a stinky cooler, a rusted bicycle, candles, and three license plates. The group gathered approximately 175 pounds of trash.... Read more

Envisioning the Future of Marinship

There’s no shortage of opinions about Marinship’s future. It’s a hub of innovation, ingenuity and creativity with a strong maritime, artistic and civil rights history. The area between Bridgeway and the Bay from about Napa Street to just past Gate 5 Road, known as Marinship, is primarily industrial and waterfront... Read more

Volunteers Needed to Clean OUR Shore – Sat Sept 21

Too often, plastic, cigarette butts, and styrofoam cups mar our beautiful bay shores. For thirty-five years, people have worked to change that. Volunteer with the FHA Environmental Committee and pick up trash along our waterfront during Coastal Cleanup Day Saturday, Sept. 21. Our FHA team will meet at the Waldo... Read more