Apparently budget cuts are destined to eliminate the Washington State Ferry Weather service.

You have seen this service many times here on my blog, with screen captures like this.

This is an invaluable service to Puget Sound boaters and everyone who live along the coast near the ferry routes that report the weather to this site. Here is the plea to help save this resource.

Contributions Needed to Keep Ferry Weather Alive

Due to the financial challenges facing our state government, Washington State Ferries is not able to fund continuation of the Ferry Weather observation system. Several data collection components must be replaced on each vessel in order to continue operating, due to a change in the vessel communications system scheduled to occur June 30.

This problem could be solved if the ferries were equipped with new weather data communication equipment. The cost would be approximately $1,500 per ferry for each of the six active observing systems, for a total of approximately $10,000. Unfortunately, due to the severe pressure on the State Transportation budget there is little likelihood of State funding for this upgrade.

Since there are hundreds, if not thousands, of people who use the ferry weather information on a regular basis, we are trying to determine whether an interested individual, group, or business would be interested in "adopting" a ferry and paying for some equipment.

If you would like more information about this effort to keep Ferry Weather alive please contact:

Professor Cliff Mass
Department of Atmospheric Sciences
University of Washington

It is also important the you let Washington State Ferries know of the importance of this web site. You may share your concerns with the the following people at the Washington State Department of Transportation:

David Moseley
Assistant Secretary of Transportation, Chief of Ferries
Washington State Department of Transportation

Lloyd Brown
Communications Director
Washington State Department of Transportation

I emailed Cliff Mass and he replied that the number one thing we can do now is email the Washington State Ferry representatives listed above.

Take some time and email them, this is too valuable of a resource to lose.