Friday, March24, 2017

Marine Weather and Tides
Tiki Island, TX

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Sunrise 7:15AMSunset 7:34PM Friday March 24, 2017 3:07 AM CDT (08:07 UTC) Moonrise 4:00AMMoonset 3:18PM Illumination 11% Phase: Waning Crescent; Moon at 26 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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GMZ335 Matagorda Bay-galveston Bay- 1103 Pm Cdt Thu Mar 23 2017
.small craft should exercise caution...
Rest of tonight..Southeast winds 15 to 20 knots. Bay waters choppy.
Friday..South winds 15 to 20 knots. Bay waters choppy. A slight chance of showers and Thunderstorms in the morning, then a chance of showers and Thunderstorms in the afternoon.
Friday night..South winds 15 to 20 knots becoming southwest 10 to 15 knots after midnight. Bay waters choppy becoming slightly choppy after midnight. Showers and Thunderstorms likely in the evening, then a chance of showers and Thunderstorms after midnight.
Saturday..Southwest winds 10 to 15 knots decreasing to 5 to 10 knots in the afternoon. Bay waters slightly choppy becoming smooth in the afternoon. A slight chance of showers and Thunderstorms in the morning.
Saturday night..South winds 5 to 10 knots. Bay waters smooth.
Sunday..South winds 10 to 15 knots. Bay waters slightly choppy.
Sunday night..South winds 10 to 15 knots. Bay waters slightly choppy.
Monday..South winds 10 to 15 knots. Bay waters slightly choppy. A slight chance of showers and Thunderstorms.
Monday night..South winds 5 to 10 knots. Bay waters smooth.
Tuesday..East winds 5 to 10 knots becoming southeast 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon. Bay waters smooth becoming slightly choppy in the afternoon.
Tuesday night..Southeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Bay waters slightly choppy.
GMZ300 Synopsis For High Island To The Matagorda Ship Channel Out 60 Nautical Miles Including Galveston And Matagorda Bays 1103 Pm Cdt Thu Mar 23 2017
Synopsis for high island to matagorda ship channel out 60 nm.. Lowering inland pressures in association with an approaching cold front has tightened the onshore pressure gradient. This will maintain strong southerlies through Friday. This front will approach the coastal waters Saturday but is forecast to stall inland. The highest chances for rain and storms to occur over galveston bay and more eastern gulf waters Friday evening into early Saturday morning. Weaker onshore winds will prevail through the weekend.

7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Tiki Island, TX
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Area Discussion for - Houston/Galveston, TX
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area forecast discussion
national weather service houston/galveston tx
1156 pm cdt Thu mar 23 2017

No major changes to the 00z issuance. Possible lingering
near coastal precipitation during Friday evening... Mid to late
evening MVFR deck. Axis of surface trough will be coming through
after TAF period... Winds stay southwest through early Saturday as
main front doesn't make it into the region until sometime
Saturday. 31

Prev discussion /issued 939 pm cdt Thu mar 23 2017/

mid evening temperatures across southeast texas are in the upper 60s
to lower 70s. So far today, galveston's low temperature has been 71
degrees. If their temperature remains above 70 degrees for the rest
of the evening, they will tie their march 23rd record high minimum
temperature of 71 degrees set in 1907. Galveston's average temperature
for the month (68.7 degrees through the 22nd) ranks as the 4th warmest
period on record (dating back to 1875). The warmest march 1-22 period
of 69.5 degrees happened back in 1907.

Showers and thunderstorms have developed this evening across the texas
panhandle area in association with an approaching storm system. Latest
available models indicate little change in the timing of tomorrow's
activity for our area as described in previous discussions below. 42
prev discussion... /issued 744 pm cdt Thu mar 23 2017/

late day southern forecast area cumulus field now filling in to
either MVFR (near coast) to low endVFR ceilings. This trend of
early eveningVFR decks filling in and lowering to MVFR through
the late evening will accompany persistent moderate southerlies.

Stronger onshore flow will likely maintain an overnight MVFR deck
and preclude fog development. An approaching cold frontal boundary
tomorrow will increase scattered early afternoon shower activity
leading to mid to late afternoon northwestern-to-southeastern
advancing thunderstorm behavior. The question of how strong the
mid-level cap will hold across the middle and southern forecast
area will ultimately determine any late day into early Friday
evening tsra development/areal coverage. 31
prev discussion... /issued 403 pm cdt Thu mar 23 2017/

temperatures this afternoon are back in the mid 80s or about 10
degrees above normal for this time of year. Dewpoints have mixed
out heavily from the 60s to the 40s in a few areas with gusty
southerly winds. Upper level analysis has upper level ridging over
much of texas as expected with the strong upper level trough over
the southern rockies. Water vapor imagery and visible for that
matter show cirrus moving over the area with anticyclonic
curvature due to the ridge.

Tonight southerly winds will remain around 10-15 mph so do not
expect any fog to develop. LLJ of 50kts at 850mb should allow for
at least some mixing and sustain higher winds overnight. Winds of
40-50kts at 850mb will continue tomorrow and veer to the SW during
the day. Look for surface winds of 15 to 25 mph and gusts over 30
mph at times.

By 18z Friday a fairly stacked low will move into the tx/ok
panhandles with a surface dryline extending from central oklahoma
into central texas. Dryline will act more like a pacific front
which by Saturday may reach the upper texas coast before stalling.

The boundary however will be the main focus for linear convection
in the form of a broken squall line or qlcs. All high resolution
model guidance have fairly consistent timing with the line of
storms pushing into SE texas after 17-18z Friday and push across
through 03-05z Saturday (12pm Fri to 12am sat). Line of storms
could affect houston during the evening hours from 21z to 01z
(4pm to 8pm Friday). Main hazards will be damaging straight line
winds and lightning, brief tornado along the line and then hail.

Overall there is good confidence in some type of line of storms
moving through the area, but low confidence in the
intensity/severity. Synoptic models still show a good trailing
vorticity MAX moving across the northern half of the area from 21z
Friday to 00z Saturday. The vorticity does become channelized
minimizing lift from any PVA farther south of i-10. Greatest
height falls and cooling aloft should be sticks to north of the
area but eventually pushes south by 06z Saturday. By this time all
strong PVA shifts over arkansas/louisiana. What this means is
that the cap may be slow to erode over SE texas and by the time it
does, there may not be any forcing for convection. Instability is
another question as models try to generate 1000-2000 j/kg of cape
but there is some concern that the quality of moisture may not
support surface dewpoints in the mid/upper 60s or enough to
support the instability. Low level moisture mixed out quite a bit
today and even dewpoints in the gulf are in the mid 60s. The
severe weather threat comes from strong deep layer shear, 50-60kts
of 0-6km shear and low level shear of 20 knots. This will be more
than enough to organize severe convection like a qlcs with a
possible mesovortex along the line. Overall thinking is that the
cap will hold along the coast but remain weaker north of houston.

Most likely areas for severe weather will be north of a brenham
to cleveland line. This should be where severe threat will be
greatest. Farther north instability will be weaker since moisture
return may not be quite as strong as progged. Regardless, there
are still several issues that make forecasting the threat for
severe weather challenging.

Another trough is expected to push through north texas late
Sunday into Monday. There may be a few storms for extreme northern
areas of the forecast area but think the main threat for any
severe weather will be northeast of the area towards the arklatex
and louisiana. Lastly the active pattern continues for the middle
of next week. Models differ on timing but looks like
Wednesday/Thursday will be another time frame to monitor for
thunderstorm activity. 39

not a lot of change with the previous thinking with regard to the
upcoming forecast. Light/moderate onshore winds prevailing so
far this afternoon, but will be expecting increased winds (and
then seas) for later tonight in response to the tightening
gradient (via the deepening low moving into the western central
plains). An scec has already been issued for offshore waters for
this afternoon... And have gone a- head and posted caution/advisory
flags for tonight/early tomorrow.

Still keeping with a slight w/nw wind shift for early Sat morning
in the wake of the weak front for mainly the bays/nearshore
waters, but this will be short-lived as onshore winds return
areawide later that afternoon. These winds should pick up once
again late Sun as another system moving off the rockies begins to
develop over the plains. Not sure we will see as much gradient
tightening with this system compared to the one tomorrow, but
cannot rule out scec for this time frame at this time (sun/sun
night). The continuation of this v progressive pattern into next
week could bring more active weather/elevated wind and seas next
tues night-wed night. 41

Preliminary point temps/pops
College station (cll) 66 79 57 81 58 / 10 80 30 10 10
houston (iah) 68 81 65 83 60 / 10 50 60 10 10
galveston (gls) 70 79 71 80 68 / 10 20 50 20 10

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

Gm... Small craft should exercise caution through Friday evening for
the following zones: galveston bay... Matagorda bay.

Small craft advisory until 10 pm cdt Friday for the following
zones: coastal waters from freeport to the matagorda ship
channel out 20 nm... Coastal waters from high island to
freeport out 20 nm.

Small craft should exercise caution until 1 am cdt Friday for
the following zones: coastal waters from freeport to the
matagorda ship channel out 20 nm... Coastal waters from high
island to freeport out 20 nm.

Small craft advisory until 10 pm cdt Friday 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... 42
aviation/marine... 31

Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
GTOT2 1 mi49 min 71°F 68°F
GRRT2 5 mi49 min S 14 G 17 71°F 74°F1016.8 hPa
GNJT2 - 8771341 - Galveston Bay (North Jetty), TX 5 mi55 min SE 21 G 25 75°F 69°F
EPTT2 - 8771013 - Eagle Point, TX 13 mi49 min S 20 G 22 72°F 74°F1016.6 hPa
KXIH 18 mi32 min S 18 G 25 72°F 66°F
42035 - GALVESTON 22NM East of Galveston, TX 21 mi77 min SSE 18 G 21 71°F 71°F4 ft1017.1 hPa (-1.0)68°F
LUIT2 24 mi49 min SSE 13 G 19 72°F
MGPT2 - 8770613 - Morgans Point, TX 27 mi49 min SSE 12 G 19 71°F 73°F1016.6 hPa
HIST2 29 mi55 min SSE 9.9 G 14 70°F 75°F1017.4 hPa
LYBT2 34 mi55 min SSE 15 G 20 71°F 72°F1015.5 hPa
NCHT2 - 8770777 - Manchester, TX 37 mi49 min SSE 5.1 G 13 71°F 71°F1016.3 hPa
FCGT2 - 8772447 - USCG Freeport, TX 37 mi49 min SSE 13 G 20 72°F 70°F1016.6 hPa
SRST2 - Sabine Pass, TX 48 mi67 min SSE 14 G 19 71°F 1018.5 hPa (-1.1)67°F

Wind History for Galveston Pleasure Pier, TX
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Airport Reports
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AirportDistAgeWind ktVisibilitySky/WeatherTempDewPtHumidityPressure
Galveston, Scholes Field, TX5 mi75 minSSE 1610.00 miFair72°F68°F87%1017.1 hPa
High Island 179A (Apache Corp), LA18 mi72 minS 13 G 229.00 miMostly Cloudy72°F66°F83%1016.9 hPa

Wind History from GLS (wind in knots)
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1 day agoS7S7S7S5SE5SE6SE7S8S8S7S8S9S8S10SE11S9S9S7SE7S8S9S9S8S11
2 days agoS8S7S9SW7S8SW10S11S9SW14S13S12S12S8S11S8S9S9S9S8S9S8S8S9S9

Tide / Current Tables for Galveston Pier 21, Galveston Channel, Texas
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Galveston Pier 21
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Fri -- 12:51 AM CDT     1.11 feet High Tide
Fri -- 04:59 AM CDT     Moonrise
Fri -- 07:17 AM CDT     Sunrise
Fri -- 08:22 AM CDT     0.09 feet Low Tide
Fri -- 03:58 PM CDT     1.23 feet High Tide
Fri -- 04:18 PM CDT     Moonset
Fri -- 07:33 PM CDT     Sunset
Fri -- 09:04 PM CDT     0.94 feet Low Tide
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Tide / Current Tables for Bolivar Roads, Texas Current
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Bolivar Roads
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Fri -- 12:11 AM CDT     -0.65 knots Max Ebb
Fri -- 02:03 AM CDT     -0.59 knots Min Ebb
Fri -- 04:59 AM CDT     Moonrise
Fri -- 07:17 AM CDT     Sunrise
Fri -- 07:56 AM CDT     -1.30 knots Max Ebb
Fri -- 12:15 PM CDT     0.00 knots Slack
Fri -- 03:46 PM CDT     1.41 knots Max Flood
Fri -- 04:18 PM CDT     Moonset
Fri -- 07:33 PM CDT     Sunset
Fri -- 09:23 PM CDT     -0.00 knots Slack
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