Wednesday, April25, 2018

Marine Weather and Tides
Tiki Island, TX

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Sunrise 6:40AMSunset 7:53PM Wednesday April 25, 2018 6:41 PM CDT (23:41 UTC) Moonrise 2:49PMMoonset 3:09AM Illumination 81% Phase: Waxing Gibbous; Moon at 11 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- 1017 Am Cdt Wed Apr 25 2018
Today..Variable winds around 5 knots becoming southeast 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon. Bay waters smooth becoming slightly choppy in the afternoon.
Tonight..South winds near 15 knots becoming north after midnight. Bay waters choppy. A slight chance of showers in the evening. Isolated Thunderstorms. A chance of showers after midnight.
Thursday..North winds 10 to 15 knots becoming northwest 5 to 10 knots in the afternoon. Bay waters slightly choppy becoming smooth in the afternoon.
Thursday night..North winds 5 to 10 knots. Bay waters smooth.
Friday..North winds 5 to 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon. Bay waters smooth becoming slightly choppy in the afternoon.
Friday night..North winds 10 to 15 knots becoming northeast 5 to 10 knots after midnight. Bay waters slightly choppy becoming smooth after midnight.
Saturday..East winds 5 to 10 knots becoming southeast in the afternoon. Bay waters smooth.
Saturday night..Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Bay waters smooth.
Sunday..Southeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Bay waters slightly choppy.
Sunday 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 1017 Am Cdt Wed Apr 25 2018
Synopsis for high island to matagorda ship channel out 60 nm.. Light winds and low seas should persist until a weak cold front and associated showers move through the area tonight. The offshore flow behind the front will persist through the end of the week as another cold front moves through the area on Friday. Onshore winds that are expected to return late Saturday or Saturday night should persist through at least the first half of next week.

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
639 pm cdt Wed apr 25 2018

Area of rain to the west and showers and thunderstorms developing
along near the cold front seabreeze early this evening. Quick
update to the forecast for ongoing trends based on radar. Expect
the strong severe thunderstorms to remain well southwest of the
area. Rapid cooling behind the front with temperatures falling
into the mid 60s in the coming hour around college station and


Prev discussion issued 633 pm cdt Wed apr 25 2018

the khgx radar shows the cold front stretching from roughly near
66r to iah to jas early this evening with a sea breeze located
near 66r to south of hou. Isolated shra have been able to develop
immediately behind the cold front with greater coverage near the
collision of the cold front and sea breeze west of the houston
terminals. Would expect additional shra to develop through sunset
near the houston terminals and sgr as these boundaries continue to
interact and have started the 00z tafs with shra tempos for these
terminals. Cannot rule out isolated TS with steep low level lapse
rates evident on aircraft soundings out of hobby but these
soundings also show a weak warm nose persisting around 700 mb.

This makes confidence in any TS at the terminals low, but enhanced
lift from the cold front and sea breeze colliding within the next
hour or so at hou sgr will mean these terminals need to be
monitored for possible TS amendments. A secondary round of
elevated shra will be possible tonight as a mid-level speed max
translates across the region roughly between 01-12z.

Vfr conditions are expected to prevail outside of shra (with
temporary MVFR CIGS in any rain). North winds 10-15 knots with
gusts 20-25 knots will be possible immediately behind the front as
it continues to translate towards the coast through midnight.

Northerly winds in the 5-10 knot range are expected to become
established by sunrise and prevail through the period.

prev discussion... Issued 314 pm cdt Wed apr 25 2018

a cold front will push through the area this afternoon into
tonight, with showers and thunderstorms developing along and
behind the line this evening. Hi-res guidance is indicating that
the cluster of storms currently near san antonio will push
southeastward towards matagorda bay later this evening, so the
highest pops for today are focused down there as the coverage
elsewhere looks to be more broken. Offshore winds and dry
conditions are expected in the wake of the front starting tonight.

Another weak front will push through on Friday, but most people
probably won't even notice. Beautiful and warm weather is expected
Thursday through the weekend, with onshore flow returning

Upper-level ridging moves off to the east Sunday night, setting up
southwesterly flow aloft. Several shortwaves rotate across the
area early next week, bringing slight chances for showers and
thunderstorms back into the forecast. Coverage (if any) will
largely depend on the timing of the shortwaves and how much
moisture return we can get prior to their arrival.


cool front will be making its way off the coast probably sometime
between 10pm-1am. May see some iso sct shra along and behind the
boundary with better coverage near the matagorda bay area. Hoisted
the caution flags overnight as offshore winds increase. It should be
noted however that some of the hires model runs have been
intermittently advertising some sustained 20-25kt winds lasting for
about 3 hours after the windshift. Will let the next shift
reevaluate trends and possible upgrade to advisory flags. Winds seas
will subside thurs afternoon. Look for a weak reinforcing front
Friday morning. Light winds and low seas will prevail over the
weekend with high pres in control. Onshore winds will increase and
seas build early next week.


Preliminary point temps pops
College station (cll) 51 76 53 76 52 30 0 0 0 0
houston (iah) 56 78 57 79 56 30 0 0 0 0
galveston (gls) 62 74 63 75 64 60 0 0 0 0

Hgx watches warnings advisories
Tx... None.

Gm... Small craft should exercise caution from midnight cdt tonight
through Thursday morning 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... Galveston bay... Matagorda bay... 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... 45

Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
GTOT2 1 mi41 min S 6 G 12 76°F 74°F1014.6 hPa (-1.0)
GNJT2 - 8771341 - Galveston Bay (North Jetty), TX 5 mi41 min SSW 14 G 17 74°F 73°F1014.4 hPa (-1.0)
GRRT2 5 mi41 min S 11 G 14 75°F 77°F1014.5 hPa (-1.0)
EPTT2 - 8771013 - Eagle Point, TX 13 mi41 min SSW 15 G 17 76°F 78°F1014.3 hPa (-0.7)
KXIH 18 mi26 min SSW 9.9 77°F 63°F
RLOT2 - 8770971 - Rollover Pass, TX 20 mi41 min SSW 7 G 11 76°F 74°F1014.8 hPa (-1.0)
LUIT2 24 mi41 min S 8.9 G 13 75°F 76°F1014.8 hPa (-1.0)
42043 - GA-252 TABS B 24 mi101 min 7.8 G 7.8 73°F 72°F1015.4 hPa (-1.2)
MGPT2 - 8770613 - Morgans Point, TX 27 mi41 min SSE 8 G 12 78°F 71°F1014.3 hPa (-0.9)
HIST2 29 mi41 min SSW 8.9 G 12 76°F 74°F1014.9 hPa (-1.0)
NCHT2 - 8770777 - Manchester, TX 37 mi41 min WSW 4.1 G 8.9 84°F 73°F1013.4 hPa (-1.0)
FCGT2 - 8772447 - USCG Freeport, TX 37 mi41 min S 8.9 G 12 74°F 73°F1015.6 hPa (-0.7)
SRST2 - Sabine Pass, TX 48 mi41 min SW 11 G 13 74°F 1015.2 hPa (-0.8)

Wind History for Galveston Pleasure Pier, TX
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Airport Reports
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AirportDistAgeWind ktVisibilitySky/WeatherTempDewPtHumidityPressure
Galveston, Scholes Field, TX5 mi49 minS 1210.00 miFair76°F64°F69%1015.3 hPa
High Island 179A (Apache Corp), LA18 mi46 minSW 1010.00 miFair77°F64°F65%1014.9 hPa

Wind History from GLS (wind in knots)
Last 24hrS7SW6SW5SW6SW5SW4SW5CalmCalmCalmCalmN3CalmSE3SE3S4S7S7S8S10S10S12S12S12
1 day agoW11W6SW4SW6SW4S3NE4CalmCalmNW4N3N5NE3CalmN3NE3N7N8NE10NE10SE8S8S7S9
2 days agoN10NW9N12N11N10NW8N12N7N9N9N6N3N6NW5NW6W7W5W4W7W11W8NW8NW10NW10

Tide / Current Tables for Galveston Pier 21, Galveston Channel, Texas
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Galveston Pier 21
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Wed -- 12:33 AM CDT     1.25 feet High Tide
Wed -- 04:09 AM CDT     Moonset
Wed -- 06:42 AM CDT     Sunrise
Wed -- 07:36 AM CDT     0.36 feet Low Tide
Wed -- 02:39 PM CDT     1.44 feet High Tide
Wed -- 03:49 PM CDT     Moonrise
Wed -- 07:51 PM CDT     Sunset
Wed -- 08:51 PM CDT     0.87 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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Wed -- 01:50 AM CDT     -0.25 knots Min Ebb
Wed -- 04:09 AM CDT     Moonset
Wed -- 06:42 AM CDT     Sunrise
Wed -- 07:55 AM CDT     -1.47 knots Max Ebb
Wed -- 11:34 AM CDT     0.00 knots Slack
Wed -- 02:49 PM CDT     1.52 knots Max Flood
Wed -- 03:49 PM CDT     Moonrise
Wed -- 07:43 PM CDT     -0.00 knots Slack
Wed -- 07:51 PM CDT     Sunset
Wed -- 10:40 PM CDT     -0.80 knots Max Ebb
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