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Jetty Island (Everett, WA)


Intro

Jetty Island typically has mid/late afternoon wind in the summer almost every day during the months of April, May, June, July, and August. The simplest way to explain the wind pattern is: the Strait of Juan de Fuca is just west of Jetty, Whidbey, and Hat Islands and, almost every afternoon, winds get channeled through the Strait and spread out on the east side of the Puget Sound, Jetty (and the Seattle metro area) getting northwest winds. Those winds coming from the Juan de Fuca Strait are a product of several factors, but the two most important are daytime heating of the land surrounding the Strait and the fact that there is almost always higher pressure over the open ocean and lower pressure over inland Washington. Now air likes to flow from high to low pressure, so if there is higher pressure over the open Pacific than over Washington, the air filling the Strait will flow from west to east…right towards Jetty.

It is typically blow dryer air which means the wind is not very gusty so wave size and quality is usually better that what you think it would be for high teen to low twenty wind speeds. Look for an air temperature differential of 10 degrees or more from Port Angeles/Pt Townsend to Everett. I usually look for an incoming tide to be above 5 feet which helps the wave size and minimizes the amount of walking in the mud flat at lower tides. There’s a trail across the island that is about 200 yards long that I take which is much quicker than paddling around and therefore leaves more time and energy for surfing. Sometimes there can be some time waiting for the wind to arrive. The iKitesurf app has a wind graph that shows the predicted wind which is usually accurate in the summer months.

The water in the summer get fairly warm because the mud flats along Jetty Island and in and around Port Gardener, Port Susan heat up the sand at low tide and then heat up the water as the tide floods in, and since Port Susan is a bay the water doesn’t get flush out so stays warmer and the Snohomish river is at low flows in the Summer.

In the late fall thru mid-spring when the Snohomish river is at high flows and during ebb tides combined with a NW, W or SW wind there are standing waves at the north end of Jetty Island between the Island and Priest Point.

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The water in the summer get fairly warm because the mud flats along Jetty Island and in and around Port Gardener, Port Susan heat up the sand at low tide and then heat up the water as the tide floods in, and since Port Susan is a bay the water doesn’t get flush out so stays warmer and the Snohomish river is at low flows in the Summer.

In the late fall thru mid-spring when the Snohomish river is at high flows and during ebb tides combined with a NW, W or SW wind there are standing waves at the north end of Jetty Island between the Island and Priest Point.

Portage across the island.


Low Tide

Be aware that there are significant offshore shallows around the Island at low tide - as you can see from the green areas in the nautical chart below. Jetty Island low tides.


Conditions

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