Wednesday, March29, 2017

Marine Weather and Tides
Norco, LA

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Sunrise 6:52AMSunset 7:20PM Wednesday March 29, 2017 2:16 PM CDT (19:16 UTC) Moonrise 7:09AMMoonset 8:14PM Illumination 6% Phase: Waxing Crescent; Moon at 2 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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GMZ530 Lake Pontchartrain And Lake Maurepas- 1023 Am Cdt Wed Mar 29 2017
.small craft exercise caution in effect until 7 pm cdt this evening...
Rest of today..Southeast winds 15 to 20 knots. Waves 2 to 4 feet. Dominant period 4 seconds.
Tonight..South winds 10 to 15 knots. Waves 2 to 4 feet. Dominant period 4 seconds. Slight chance of showers and Thunderstorms.
Thursday..South winds 10 to 15 knots. Waves 2 to 4 feet. Dominant period 4 seconds. Showers and Thunderstorms likely.
Thursday night..Southwest winds 10 to 15 knots becoming west 5 to 10 knots after midnight. Waves 2 to 4 feet. Dominant period 4 seconds. Showers and Thunderstorms likely.
Friday..West winds 5 to 10 knots. Waves 1 foot or less. Dominant period 4 seconds.
Friday night..Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming east after midnight. Waves 1 foot or less. Dominant period 4 seconds.
Saturday..Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Waves 1 to 2 feet. Dominant period 4 seconds.
Saturday night..Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Waves 1 to 2 feet. Dominant period 4 seconds. Slight chance of showers and Thunderstorms.
Sunday..Southeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Waves 2 to 4 feet. Dominant period 4 seconds. Chance of showers and Thunderstorms.
Sunday night..South winds 15 to 20 knots. Waves 2 to 4 feet. Chance of showers and Thunderstorms.
GMZ500 Synopsis Pascagoula To Sw Pass Mississippi- Synopsis Sw Pass Mississippi River To Atchafalaya River- 1023 Am Cdt Wed Mar 29 2017
Synopsis..High pressure will remain centered over the eastern gulf today. A low pressure system and associated frontal boundary will impact the waters on Thursday. High pressure is expected to build back over the area by Friday. The high should be east of the area by Saturday. Another low pressure system should then impact the coastal waters on Sunday.

7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Norco, LA
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Area Discussion for - New Orleans/Baton Rouge, LA
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Fxus64 klix 291708
area forecast discussion
national weather service new orleans la
1208 pm cdt Wed mar 29 2017

Main concern will be timing out convective arrival at the
terminals with approaching frontal qlcs feature moving out of se
texas. GFS model timing has it at kbtr around 09z, then
progressing through kmcb/khdc around 10z, khum/kmsy 11z, knew/kasd
around 12z, kgpt 1330z. Otherwise, mostlyVFR or high end MVFR
ceilings through 00z with a lowering to MVFR ceilings prior to
qlcs arrival, then maintaining MVFR conditions through end of the
valid TAF period as rain tapers from west to east through 18z thu.


Prev discussion /issued 1001 am cdt Wed mar 29 2017/
sounding discussion...

some minor issues in getting the flight off this morning mainly
due to unstable instrument lock, but this was reconciled and the
flight was successful, using a second instrument. A pretty stable
looking profile at the surface with a steep inversion based around
1900 feet to 6700 feet, then steep lapse rate aloft supportive of
altocumulus based around 13kft. Dry sounding with some low level
moisture only to around 1500 ft and some at cirrus level around
29kft. Winds are SE 15 to 35 kt below the inversion, then veers to
s and SW 15-30kt to about 500 mb, then W to SW 35-76 kt remainder
of the way up. Peak wind was found at 43.6kft at 250/76kt.

Flight terminated at 8.3 millibars, about 20.3 miles up near
county road 542 SW between saucier and success in northern
harrison county, ms. 24/rr
prev discussion... /issued 326 am cdt Wed mar 29 2017/
short term...

latest model run beginning to edge toward the euro's solution of a
divergent upper flow event from the coast southward. The polar
upper trough will still be capable of producing severe
thunderstorms over the area and northward but the majority and
strongest of our thunderstorms look to be from near the coast
southward associated with the divergent area of the polar and
subtropical jets. Could be a bad day for mariners Thursday. The
blow up over the northern gulf and the strong to severe
thunderstorms along the cold front will both help to cause some
strong subsidence between them. This will help limit thunderstorm
potential in that location but not negate it. This looks to fall
somewhere in southern mississippi. Will keep all modes of severe
weather along with the slight risk of severe that SPC continues
for all land areas as the line of sh/ts moves into the area late

Long term...

the next system should begin to affect the area by Sunday
afternoon and move through by early Monday. This time the main sfc
low is advertised to be a lot closer to the area with the best
dynamics and lift associated with it. This storm system also looks
to have all modes of severe weather accompany it. Still some time
for this to be shifted slightly north or south over the coming
days so will continue to mainly focus on the Thursday system.


as of this writing, most terminals seeing some sct-bkn clouds in the
fl015-025 range, with the exception of kmcb, which has ifr
conditions. Most will see at least a brief period of MVFR conditions
this morning, but only have kmcb with ifr. Improvement toVFR
conditions is expected by mid to late morning, around 15-16z. Those
conditions should continue for the remainder of the daytime hours.

Another round of MVFR to ifr conditions is expected to redevelop
after sunset this evening, but any mention of tsra isn't likely in
the 12z package unless it is in the 08z-12z Thursday window at kbtr.

Midday package will probably have tsra in most terminals in the 12z-
18z Thursday time frame. 35

will expand and extend small craft exercise caution headlines to
include all outer waters and western inner open waters through the
afternoon hours. Anticipate those will need extended and/or expanded
beyond this afternoon through at least Thursday night. Mariners will
also have to concern themselves with the threat of a line of
thunderstorms moving through the coastal waters late tonight and
Thursday. Another round of strengthening winds as well as
thunderstorms may require headlines late in the weekend. 35
decision support...

dss code: green.

Deployed: none.

Activation: none.

Activities: assessing convective threats for this week.

Decision support services (dss) code legend
green = no weather impacts that require action.

Blue = long-fused watch, warning, or advisory in effect or
high visibility event.

Yellow = heightened impacts with short-fused watch, warning or
advisory issuances; radar support.

Orange = high impacts; slight to moderate risk severe; nearby tropical
events; hazmat or other large episodes.

Red = full engagement for moderate risk of severe and/or
direct tropical threats; events of national significance.

Preliminary point temps/pops
Mcb 82 66 77 52 / 10 20 70 40
btr 84 67 79 52 / 10 40 80 20
asd 81 70 75 58 / 0 10 70 70
msy 81 71 79 60 / 10 10 70 60
gpt 77 72 73 59 / 10 10 70 80
pql 79 70 75 57 / 0 10 60 80

Lix watches/warnings/advisories
La... None.

Gm... Small craft advisory until 7 pm cdt this evening for gmz550-552-

Ms... None.

Gm... Small craft advisory until 7 pm cdt this evening for gmz552-555-

Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
FREL1 6 mi46 min S 9.9 G 14 80°F 1013.3 hPa64°F
CARL1 16 mi46 min 58°F
NWCL1 - 8761927 - New Canal, LA 16 mi46 min SSE 4.1 G 12 83°F 73°F1014.1 hPa
BYGL1 - 8762482 - Bayou Gauche, LA 16 mi46 min SE 12 G 16 80°F 76°F1014.2 hPa
SHBL1 - 8761305 - Shell Beach, LA 41 mi46 min SSE 11 G 13 78°F 76°F1015.1 hPa
OSTF1 - Stennis Test Facility 49 mi86 min SSE 5.8 G 9.7 79°F 1016.5 hPa (+0.8)65°F

Wind History for East Bank 1, Norco, B. LaBranche, LA
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2 days

Airport Reports
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AirportDistAgeWind ktVisibilitySky/WeatherTempDewPtHumidityPressure
New Orleans, New Orleans International Airport, LA9 mi23 minSSE 14 G 1810.00 miPartly Cloudy81°F64°F58%1014.3 hPa
New Orleans, New Orleans Lakefront Airport, LA21 mi23 minSE 1310.00 miA Few Clouds84°F64°F53%1013.6 hPa
New Orleans, Naval Air Station - Alvin Callender Field, LA24 mi21 minSSE 1010.00 miMostly Cloudy0°F0°F%1014.3 hPa

Wind History from MSY (wind in knots)
Last 24hrS10S11S10S12S10SE8SE8SE8SE8SE8SE8SE7SE9SE8SE10SE10SE10SE6SE8S10
1 day agoS14
2 days agoS11S13S12

Tide / Current Tables for East Bank 1, Norco, Bayou Labranche, Louisiana
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East Bank 1
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Wed -- 04:41 AM CDT     0.17 feet Low Tide
Wed -- 06:22 AM CDT     0.19 feet High Tide
Wed -- 06:54 AM CDT     Sunrise
Wed -- 07:51 AM CDT     0.18 feet Low Tide
Wed -- 08:09 AM CDT     Moonrise
Wed -- 10:06 AM CDT     0.20 feet High Tide
Wed -- 10:45 AM CDT     0.20 feet Low Tide
Wed -- 07:18 PM CDT     Sunset
Wed -- 07:21 PM CDT     0.35 feet High Tide
Wed -- 08:21 PM CDT     0.35 feet Low Tide
Wed -- 09:14 PM CDT     Moonset
Wed -- 09:17 PM CDT     0.35 feet High Tide
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Tide / Current Tables for New Canal USCG station, Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana
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New Canal USCG station
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Wed -- 01:46 AM CDT     0.19 feet Low Tide
Wed -- 02:53 AM CDT     0.20 feet High Tide
Wed -- 04:53 AM CDT     0.18 feet Low Tide
Wed -- 06:53 AM CDT     Sunrise
Wed -- 07:01 AM CDT     0.19 feet High Tide
Wed -- 08:00 AM CDT     0.19 feet Low Tide
Wed -- 08:08 AM CDT     Moonrise
Wed -- 07:09 PM CDT     0.38 feet High Tide
Wed -- 07:17 PM CDT     Sunset
Wed -- 09:13 PM CDT     Moonset
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Wind Forecast for New Orleans/Baton Rouge, LA (15,3,4,5)
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