Marine Weather and Tides
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|Sunrise 6:19AM||Sunset 8:35PM||Wednesday June 28, 2017 1:31 PM EDT (17:31 UTC)||Moonrise 10:14AM||Moonset 11:22PM||Illumination 22%|
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|AMZ354 Waters From Savannah Ga To Altamaha Sound Ga Out 20 Nm...including Grays Reef National Marine Sanctuary- 1234 Pm Edt Wed Jun 28 2017 |
This afternoon..E winds 15 to 20 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft.
Tonight..E winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 ft. A slight chance of showers and tstms.
Thu..E winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. A slight chance of showers and tstms in the morning, then a chance of showers and tstms in the afternoon.
Thu night..E winds 10 to 15 kt, becoming se 5 to 10 kt after midnight. Seas 2 to 3 ft. A chance of showers and tstms.
Fri..S winds 5 kt. Seas 2 ft. A chance of showers and tstms.
Fri night..S winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft. A chance of showers and tstms.
Sat..SW winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft. A chance of showers and tstms.
Sat night..SW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. A chance of showers and tstms.
Sun..SW winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft. A chance of showers and tstms.
Sun night..SW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 ft. A chance of showers and tstms. Mariners are reminded that winds and seas higher in and near tstms.
|AMZ300 1234 Pm Edt Wed Jun 28 2017 |
Synopsis for the coastal waters of south coastal south carolina and north coastal georgia.. High pressure will pass north of the region this afternoon, then shift into the atlantic Thursday. A surface trough will develop inland on Friday and prevail into the weekend.
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Area Discussion for - Charleston, SC  (on/off)  Help NOTE: mouseover dotted underlined text for definition
|Fxus62 kchs 281644|
area forecast discussion
national weather service charleston sc
1244 pm edt Wed jun 28 2017
High pressure will pass north of the region this afternoon,
then shift into the atlantic Thursday. A surface trough will
develop inland on Friday and prevail into the weekend.
Near term through tonight
We tweaked hourly temps and dew points ever so slightly based
on latest trends, and we lowered a few spots south of i-16 by a
degree for MAX temps since cloud cover is thickest those
This afternoon: flat ridging will prevail aloft as canadian
high pressure at the surface over virginia shifts east to the
delmarva area. Large scale subsidence, the lack of moisture
(where pwat's are no more than 70-90% of normal) and limited
thermodynamics point toward an atypical late june day void of
much if any convection, below normal temps and for many places
comfortable humidity levels.
The sea breeze and differential heating boundaries are the only
mechanisms for showers t-storms. So we have nothing more than
isolated convection during the mid to late afternoon south of
claxton where there is a little better moisture and boundary
interactions. But would not be surprised to get by with a
completely rainfree forecast.
850 mb temps are at least 1-2 standard deviations below late
june norms, and with jet induced mid and high clouds, plus
diurnally driven cumulus cutting down some on insolation, max
temps today will fall shy of 90f, or about 2-4f below
climatology. Combined with dew points mainly in the 60s will
result in rh levels down into the 40-60% range.
Finally, deep mixing and a modest sea breeze will boost E winds
up as high as 10-15 mph far inland, 15-20 mph and gusty near the
Tonight: moisture will begin to improve, mainly for southeast
georgia near the altamaha river. Models even depict the
development of a weak coastal trough late tonight. Weak
convergence along the line and within some coastal speed
convergence in the onshore flow will likely result in increasing
coverage of showers and thunderstorms along the georgia coast
and atlantic waters by late. Pop's continue to be in the 20-30
percent range. Lows will fall into the upper 60s in the far
north, ranging to the low 70s elsewhere.
Short term Thursday through Saturday
Heights aloft will gradually build through the period as weak
ridging builds in from the south. Moisture will be on the
increase Thursday as surface high pressure shifts offshore and
low level flow backs to south to southwesterly, bringing a
moist, conditionally unstable airmass back into the region.
Shower and thunderstorm initiation will occur mainly along the
seabreeze corridor, but unimpressive lapse rates could limit the
severe threat. However, models continue to show a weak mid-
level wave passing across the area late Thursday, which would
enhance convection coverage and increase the severe threat.|
Given the uncertainty of the wave timing, kept pops slightly
above climo Thursday, mainly along and south of i-16, where the
most moisture will be in place. Moisture will have overspread
the entire area Friday as a weak surface through develops
inland. The same is expected on Saturday, so pops remain
slightly above climo for the entire area to reflect this. Storm
initiation is expected each afternoon along the sea breeze.
Temps will be near normal through the period, with most
variations owing to cloud cover and precip coverage.
Long term Saturday night through Tuesday
High pressure will prevail in the atlantic while a surface
trough persists inland. Southerly flow around the high will keep
plenty of moisture advecting into the southeast during this
time period. The result will be the typical summertime
shower thunderstorm pattern.
Aviation 18z Wednesday through Monday
Although isolated shra tsra will be near the ksav terminal close
to 18z Thursday,VFR conditions are forecast there and at kchs
with the 18z TAF set.
Extended aviation outlook: brief flight restrictions possible
in showers thunderstorms at ksav Thursday, then both ksav and
kchs into the weekend.
This afternoon: continental high pressure centered in virginia
will slide into the nearby atlantic, as a stationary front
lingers across the florida peninsula. Winds will clock around
to the e, and with a boost from the sea breeze speeds will reach
as high as 15-20 kt. The favorable onshore will allow seas to
build as large as 3-4 ft, with even some 2 foot waves at times
in charleston harbor.
Tonight: no real change overnight, with prevailing easterly
flow. Seas will be in the 2-4 ft range, highest beyond 20 nm.
Thursday through Sunday: high pressure sliding from the mid-
atlantic coast to its more seasonally typical bermuda high
location will remain in control through the period. Expect
mainly light to moderate breezes, with the usual summertime sea
breeze wind enhancements near the coast in the afternoon. Seas
will remain mainly in the 2 to 3 foot range in small southeast
swell and minor local windswell.
Chs watches warnings advisories
short term... Ms
long term... Ms
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|Stations||Dist||Age||Wind||Air Temp||Water Temp||Waves||Pressure||DewPt|
|FPKG1 - 8670870 - Fort Pulaski, GA||6 mi||44 min||E 14 G 18||81°F||83°F||1021.5 hPa|
|41033||37 mi||84 min||E 16 G 19||81°F||83°F||1020.5 hPa|
|41008 - GRAYS REEF - 40 NM Southeast of Savannah, GA||42 mi||42 min||ENE 14 G 16||80°F||82°F||3 ft||1020 hPa (+0.9)||70°F|
|SAXG1 - Sapelo Island Reserve, GA||43 mi||92 min||E 11||85°F||1020 hPa (+1.0)||69°F|
|ACXS1 - ACE Basin Reserve, SC||48 mi||107 min||E 5.1||83°F||1021 hPa||70°F|
Wind History for Fort Pulaski, GA(wind in knots) EDIT (on/off)  Help
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|Hunter U. S. Army Airfield, GA||8 mi||34 min||ENE 6 G 17||10.00 mi||Mostly Cloudy||84°F||68°F||59%||1020.6 hPa|
|Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport, GA||14 mi||39 min||ENE 10||10.00 mi||Overcast||85°F||66°F||53%||1021.1 hPa|
|Hilton Head Island, Hilton Head Airport, SC||22 mi||1.7 hrs||NNE 10||10.00 mi||Partly Cloudy||82°F||71°F||70%||1021 hPa|
Wind History from SVN (wind in knots)
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|Savannah Sheraton Resort Hotel |
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Wed -- 12:14 AM EDT 9.08 feet High Tide
Wed -- 06:20 AM EDT Sunrise
Wed -- 06:30 AM EDT -0.56 feet Low Tide
Wed -- 11:14 AM EDT Moonrise
Wed -- 12:56 PM EDT 7.97 feet High Tide
Wed -- 06:48 PM EDT -0.14 feet Low Tide
Wed -- 08:33 PM EDT Sunset
Tide / Current data from XTide NOT FOR NAVIGATION
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|Savannah River Entrance |
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Wed -- 01:09 AM EDT -0.00 knots Slack
Wed -- 04:31 AM EDT -2.58 knots Max Ebb
Wed -- 06:19 AM EDT Sunrise
Wed -- 07:19 AM EDT 0.01 knots Slack
Wed -- 09:52 AM EDT 2.24 knots Max Flood
Wed -- 11:13 AM EDT Moonrise
Wed -- 01:41 PM EDT -0.00 knots Slack
Wed -- 05:02 PM EDT -2.37 knots Max Ebb
Wed -- 07:40 PM EDT 0.00 knots Slack
Wed -- 08:33 PM EDT Sunset
Wed -- 10:16 PM EDT 2.39 knots Max Flood
Tide / Current data from XTide NOT FOR NAVIGATION
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Wind Forecast for Charleston, SC (13,3,4,5)(on/off)  Help
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