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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA
115 PM PDT TUE APR 26 2016

...WARMER WEATHER VS COLD WATER...

A WEEK AGO...WESTERN WASHINGTON EXPERIENCED SEVERAL DAYS OF WELL
ABOVE AVERAGE WARM TEMPERATURES WITH HIGHS CLIMBING INTO THE 80S AND
EVEN THE LOWER 90S. MORE WARM WEATHER WILL BE ON ITS WAY AS SPRING
PROGRESSES AND HEADS INTO SUMMER. THIS IS THE TIME OF YEAR WHEN
PEOPLE HEAD OUTDOORS TO ENJOY AREA WATERWAYS AND RIVERS IN THE WARM
SUNSHINE.

JUST KEEP IN MIND - THE WATER IS COLD. IN PUGET SOUND AND AREA LAKES
AND RIVERS...WATER TEMPERATURES THIS TIME OF YEAR RUN ONLY IN THE
40S TO LOWER 50S. JUMPING OR FALLING INTO THESE WATERS IS CALLED
COLD WATER IMMERSION...THE SHOCKING FEELING WHEN ENTERING THE WATER.

WHEN SHOCKED LIKE THAT...WE TEND TO GASP AND OUR MUSCLES QUICKLY
FAIL TO MOVE AS THEY NORMALLY WOULD MAKING IT HARDER TO SWIM OR STAY
ABOVE THE WATER SURFACE...PARTICULARLY IN SWIFT MOVING RIVERS.

IT IS CRITICAL THAT A LIFE JACKET IS WORN WHEN ON OR NEAR AREA
WATERWAYS. LIFE JACKETS CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE!  TOO MANY PEOPLE LOSE
THEIR LIVES IN WASHINGTON WHILE ENJOYING AREA WATERWAYS SIMPLY
BECAUSE THEY DO NOT WEAR A LIFE JACKET.

MANY LIFE JACKETS AVAILABLE AT AREA OUTDOOR RECREATION RETAILERS ARE
QUITE STYLISH AND AFFORDABLE. MAY 20TH IS WEAR YOUR LIFE JACKET TO
WORK DAY - A FUN DAY TO SHOW OFF YOUR LIFE JACKET AND DEMONSTRATE
HOW EASY AND COMFORTABLE WEARING A LIFE JACKET IS.

ON THURSDAY APRIL 28TH THIS WEEK...A TEAM OF WATER SAFETY EXPERTS
WILL TOUR SEATTLE AREA NEWS MEDIA TO HIGHLIGHT WATER SAFETY AS THE
WARM WEATHER SEASON BEGINS. EARLY IN THE SEASON IS WHEN THE MAJORITY
OF WATER RELATED TRAGEDIES OCCUR AND MANY COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED
SIMPLY BY WEARING A LIFE JACKET.

THE MEDIA TOUR TEAM CONSISTING OF WASHINGTON STATE PARKS...U.S.
COAST GUARD...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE...KING COUNTY SWIFT WATER
RESCUE AND SEATTLE CHILDRENS WILL HIGHLIGHT COLD WATER IMMERSION AND
THE EASY STEPS TO TAKE TO AVOID GETTING INTO TROUBLE IN AREA
WATERWAYS.

DURING THE SPRING...WATER TEMPERATURES REMAIN COLD AND AREA RIVERS
RUN HIGHER AND SWIFTER THAN DURING THE SUMMER. IF YOU PLAN TO ENJOY
AREA WATERWAYS DURING WARM WEATHER PERIODS...GET AND USE A LIFE
JACKET TO ENSURE YOU ARE ABLE TO ENJOY THE WATER FOR YEARS TO COME.

$$

BUEHNER



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