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Marine Weather and Tides
Surfside Beach, TX

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Sunrise 7:15AMSunset 7:38PM Sunday March 26, 2017 3:42 PM CDT (20:42 UTC) Moonrise 5:25AMMoonset 5:21PM Illumination 1% Phase: New Moon; Moon at 29 days in cycle
NOTE: Some of the data on this page has not been verified and should be used with that in mind. It may and occasionally will, be wrong. The tide reports are by xtide and are NOT FOR NAVIGATION.
Marine Forecasts
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GMZ355 Coastal Waters From Freeport To The Matagorda Ship Channel Out 20 Nm-coastal Waters From High Island To Freeport Out 20 Nm- 936 Am Cdt Sun Mar 26 2017
Rest of today..South winds near 10 knots becoming southeast 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 4 feet.
Tonight and Monday..South winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet.
Monday night..South winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 3 to 4 feet.
Tuesday..Southeast winds 10 to 15 knots increasing to 15 to 20 knots in the afternoon. Seas 3 to 5 feet.
Tuesday night..Southeast winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet with occasional seas up to 7 feet.
Wednesday..Southeast winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas 5 to 6 feet with occasional seas up to 7 feet. A chance of showers and Thunderstorms.
Wednesday night..South winds 15 to 20 knots decreasing to 10 to 15 knots after midnight. Seas 5 to 6 feet with occasional seas up to 7 feet. Scattered showers and Thunderstorms.
Thursday..Southwest winds 10 to 15 knots becoming west in the afternoon. Seas 4 to 6 feet with occasional seas up to 7 feet. Scattered showers and Thunderstorms.
Thursday night..Northwest winds 10 to 15 knots becoming north 5 to 10 knots after midnight. Seas 3 to 5 feet. Isolated showers and Thunderstorms.
GMZ300 Synopsis For High Island To The Matagorda Ship Channel Out 60 Nautical Miles Including Galveston And Matagorda Bays 936 Am Cdt Sun Mar 26 2017
Synopsis for high island to matagorda ship channel out 60 nm.. Onshore winds will gradually strengthen today. Strong southerly flow should develop on Wednesday as another storm system moves into the southern plains.

7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Surfside Beach, TX
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Area Discussion for - Houston/Galveston, TX
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area forecast discussion
national weather service houston/galveston tx
1009 am cdt Sun mar 26 2017

Update
Surface low pressure is continuing to trek across the panhandle of
texas this morning, and will continue to move east through the
afternoon hours. Pressure fields at 500mb show a ridging pattern
overhead, in front of the next upper level low pressure system
that is still off to the west the texas great plains. Models are
keeping the best chance for precipitation in the northern counties
of SE texas during the overnight hours between 06-12z Monday.

That being said, current forecast is on track. Made a few
adjustments to the high temperatures, based off latest
observations and satellite imagery. High temperatures will reach
into the mid 80s, late this afternoon. Still expecting breezy
conditions later in the day as the pressure gradient tightens.

Wind gusts specifically across the western half of the forecast
area will see the occasional gusts around 25 mph, and around 20mph
across the eastern half. Skies will be partly cloudy, with patchy
stratus clouds streaming across the forecast area. Cloud cover
should thicken slightly as we move into the evening hours, and as
our chance for precip increase specifically in the northern
zones as Monday rolls in.

Hathaway

Marine
Winds in the nearshore have dropped off but as trough over nm
translates out into the plains expecting gradient to tighten up and
winds to increase this afternoon. By late afternoon winds well
offshore should be 15-20 knots with 4-6 foot seas. Will put up a
scec starting mid afternoon through 4 am but it may need extending.

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Aviation
The morning fog and low stratus dissipating and lifting with the
temperatures expected to soar into the mid 80s and gusty south
winds.VFR conditions expected by mid afternoon but they should be
relatively short lived as stratus deck redevelops this evening.

Bkn020-025 deck should form around 03z and spread northward
throughout the remainder of the night.

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prev discussion... /issued 429 am cdt Sun mar 26 2017/
discussion...

areas of fog have developed and at times the fog has become
locally dense. A dense fog advisory may yet be required this
morning. Once the fog burns off later this morning, sunshine will
return to the region at least through the early afternoon but
clouds should return near the coast by mid afternoon. The
pressure gradient is weak this morning but really begins to
tighten by aftn. Breezy conds expected by afternoon with
occasional gusts above 25 mph possible. An upper level disturbance
will move across the southern plains tonight and early Monday. The
tail end of the disturbance could clip the northern portion of se
tx late tonight so will maintain the slight rain chances. Pw
values look meager but there will be some additional forcing with
a 90 kt jet streak. The disturbance will exit the region on Monday
but a weak extension from the disturbance lingers across the
east half of the CWA on Monday. Fcst soundings show a strong
capping inversion in place at 850 mb through 18z eroding between
21-00z. Can't rule out a few shra/iso tsra along the weakness
trailing the upper level disturbance.

An upper level low will move into new mexico on Tuesday with weak
upper level ridging amplifying over east texas. Fcst soundings
show very dry air above 850 mb and a capping inversion in the
850-700 mb layer. The upper low will move east into west texas
Tuesday night. Pw values begin to climb but a stubborn cap should
keep rain chances on the low side. The upper low will move across
the texas panhandle and into southern ks by Thu 00z. Pw values
surge to 1.75 inches over the north and 1.60 inches further south.

Fcst soundings show a semi saturated profile at kcll and not
quite as saturated toward kiah. CAPE values increase to between
1500-2000 with LI values near -8. Jet dynamics look impressive
with a well defined splitting jet and SE tx in a 95 kt lfq. Spc
has outlooked the areas north of i-10 for Wednesday. The system is
fairly progressive and will exit the region Wednesday evening.

Some timing differences between the ECMWF and GFS on Thursday as
the ECMWF looks a bit slower with more energy lagging on the
backside of the upper low. The GFS also drags a cold front through
the area on Thursday while the ECMWF does not. Not sure which is
right so used a model blend for temps thu/fri. Could be huge bust
in temps on Friday as the ECMWF is providing a high at kcll of 92
and the mex numbers support 78.

Another potent storm system will approach next weekend and
moisture levels start increasing late Saturday with a good chance
of rain next Sunday and Monday. Pw values progged to reach 1.90
inches so the area might receive some heavy rain. Still a long
ways off and models have not been the most consistent of late. 43

Preliminary point temps/pops
College station (cll) 86 67 86 67 85 / 10 20 10 10 10
houston (iah) 85 69 85 69 85 / 10 10 20 10 10
galveston (gls) 81 72 81 74 80 / 10 10 10 0 0

Hgx watches/warnings/advisories
Tx... None.

Gm... Small craft should exercise caution from 4 pm cdt this afternoon
through late tonight for the following zones: waters from
freeport to the matagorda ship channel from 20 to 60 nm...

waters from high island to freeport from 20 to 60 nm.

Discussion... 08
marine/aviation... 45


Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
LUIT2 4 mi43 min SSE 12 G 16 76°F 75°F
FCGT2 - 8772447 - USCG Freeport, TX 9 mi43 min SE 14 G 16 74°F 71°F1011.9 hPa (-2.6)
GRRT2 24 mi43 min SSE 14 G 18 74°F 77°F1012.3 hPa (-2.2)
GTOT2 28 mi43 min 75°F 73°F
SGNT2 30 mi43 min SSE 13 G 18 75°F 77°F1011.1 hPa (-2.4)
GNJT2 - 8771341 - Galveston Bay (North Jetty), TX 33 mi43 min SE 14 G 16 73°F
EPTT2 - 8771013 - Eagle Point, TX 34 mi43 min SSE 17 G 21 75°F 76°F1012.3 hPa (-2.0)
KXIH 36 mi28 min S 9.9 G 17 79°F 70°F
42035 - GALVESTON 22NM East of Galveston, TX 43 mi53 min SE 16 G 18 73°F 73°F3 ft1012.2 hPa (-2.8)72°F
EMAT2 45 mi43 min SE 16 G 20 76°F 77°F1010.7 hPa (-1.8)
MGPT2 - 8770613 - Morgans Point, TX 46 mi43 min SE 12 G 17 76°F 74°F1012.4 hPa (-1.9)
NCHT2 - 8770777 - Manchester, TX 48 mi43 min SE 12 G 16 81°F 73°F1011.6 hPa (-2.2)

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Airport Reports
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AirportDistAgeWind ktVisibilitySky/WeatherTempDewPtHumidityPressure
Angleton / Lake Jackson, Brazoria County Airport, TX16 mi50 minSSE 17 G 249.00 miMostly Cloudy81°F69°F67%1011.5 hPa
Galveston, Scholes Field, TX23 mi51 minSE 133.00 miOvercast with Haze80°F72°F76%1012.6 hPa

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Tide / Current Tables for Christmas Bay, Texas
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Christmas Bay
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Sun -- 12:01 AM CDT     0.19 feet Low Tide
Sun -- 06:24 AM CDT     Moonrise
Sun -- 07:17 AM CDT     Sunrise
Sun -- 07:52 AM CDT     0.73 feet High Tide
Sun -- 12:29 PM CDT     0.04 feet Low Tide
Sun -- 06:21 PM CDT     Moonset
Sun -- 07:35 PM CDT     Sunset
Sun -- 09:27 PM CDT     0.69 feet High Tide
Tide / Current data from XTide NOT FOR NAVIGATION
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Tide / Current Tables for Freeport Harbor, Texas
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Freeport Harbor
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Sun -- 02:18 AM CDT     1.33 feet High Tide
Sun -- 06:25 AM CDT     Moonrise
Sun -- 07:17 AM CDT     Sunrise
Sun -- 08:47 AM CDT     -0.11 feet Low Tide
Sun -- 03:49 PM CDT     1.30 feet High Tide
Sun -- 06:21 PM CDT     Moonset
Sun -- 07:36 PM CDT     Sunset
Sun -- 08:56 PM CDT     0.50 feet Low Tide
Tide / Current data from XTide NOT FOR NAVIGATION
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Weather Map and Satellite Images
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Wind Forecast for Houston/Galveston, TX (16,3,4,5)
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Ground Weather Radar Station Houston/Galveston, TX
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