Eyes Over Puget Sound: La Niña is here!

With La Niña present we are seeing wetter and warmer conditions. Heavy rains in October swelled Puget Sound rivers and streams to above normal levels. As a result, water temperatures, salinities, and oxygen in Puget Sound are returning to normal.

While surface water in Puget Sound has cooled, it is still warmer than in the Straits.

EOPS report cover with view above Squaxin Island
We continue to see large groups of jellyfish in finger Inlets of South Sound and slowly fading red-brown blooms in Eld and Budd Inlets. A lot of suspended sediment was observed east of Steamboat Island and south of Squaxin Island. Otherwise, we have clear water.

Airplane wing and view below: Puget Sound with white patches of jellyfish smacks.

What is Eyes Over Puget Sound?

The monthly Eyes Over Puget Sound report combines high-resolution photo observations from a seaplane with data from our monitoring stations, from our regional partners, and from instruments we have on ferries.