Paddling here requires a healthy respect for and a good understanding of the local weather and water (tide/current) patterns. Check out some of the sites below to learn more about how weather patterns work in this area and to get the latest condition reports and forecasts.
The best link for northwest coastal marine forecasts including the San Juan Islands and Puget Sound.
Synoptic charts, surface flow prediction.
WeatherSpark: beautiful weather graphs and maps making in-depth weather information easily accessible.
Animated map of tides and currents in Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands
NOAA Charts as downloadable PDFs.
Interactive map with tide & current data for the Whatcom County area.
As you would expect, these reports are in aviation weather format but the wind speed and direction is very useful, especially for nearby paddling locations such as Deception Pass.
Observations and data at marine buoys.
US National weather warnings and forecast.
Great site for tides and currents data for the San Juan Islands, Deception Pass, and Puget Sound.
Environment Canada's comprehensive website is full of great weather knowledge.
This is NOAA's wave forecasting site with great graphs of pacific swell conditions.
Arial photos of the Washington Coast.