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Water Temperature Information:
In the summer, normal water temperatures range from 50-70° F (10-21° C) and in winter from 37-50° F (3-10° C). Water temperatures are very high when daytime low tides coincide with hot summer days and very low when the night-time low tides coincide with freezing air temperatures. Very high and very low temperatures can be stressful and kill plants and animals living on the intertidal flats.
About the Station:
Padilla Bay is a shallow embayment in northern Puget Sound. Tides are mixed semi-diurnal with a mean range of 1.55 m. The tide flats are dominated by the eelgrass Zostera marina, which covers approximately 7,400 acres (3,000 ha.). Zostera japonica, a recent invader to the region, now covers about 1,250 acres (500 ha) of the bay (2004). Padilla Bay is influenced by both the greater Puget Sound-Georgia Basin estuary in which Padilla Bay is located and the sloughs that flow into the bay. Major freshwater flows into this area of the Puget Sound-Georgia Basin estuary come from the Fraser and Nooksack Rivers to the north and from the Skagit River to the south. The Samish River flows into Samish Bay immediately north of Padilla Bay.
Bayview Channel is located on the southern end of Padilla Bay and is a major tributary/distributary which floods and drains intertidal flats including eelgrass beds, mats of macroalgae, and flats without macro-vegetation. The monitoring site is located in a tributary to Bayview Channel. The tributary drains predominately eelgrass (Zostera marina and Z. japonica) covered intertidal flats. The sonde is situated about 2 ft (0.6 m) from the bottom, in waters fluctuating from 5 feet (1.5 m) to 16.5 ft (5 m) above the sonde.