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|Sunrise 7:23AM||Sunset 5:45PM||Tuesday January 16, 2018 11:45 PM EST (04:45 UTC)||Moonrise 6:58AM||Moonset 5:35PM||Illumination 0%|
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|AMZ352 Waters From Edisto Beach Sc To Savannah Ga Out 20 Nm- 948 Pm Est Tue Jan 16 2018 |
Tonight..E winds 5 kt, becoming nw late. Seas 2 to 3 ft.
Wed..NW winds 10 to 15 kt, increasing to 15 to 20 kt in the afternoon. Seas 3 to 4 ft.
Wed night..N winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts to 25 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft.
Thu..N winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts to 20 kt, becoming nw 5 to 10 kt in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 ft.
Thu night..W winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.
Fri..W winds 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.
Fri night..W winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft in the evening, then seas 1 foot.
Sat..SW winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 1 foot.
Sat night..SW winds 5 kt. Seas 1 foot.
Sun..E winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 1 foot.
Sun night..SE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.
|AMZ300 948 Pm Est Tue Jan 16 2018 |
Synopsis for the coastal waters of south coastal south carolina and north coastal georgia.. A cold front will move through the area Wednesday morning with some light wintry precipitation likely across inland areas. Cold, dry high pressure will then move in through late week. Moderating temperatures are expected this weekend into early next week before another cold front moves through Monday. Dry high pressure will then return on Tuesday.
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Area Discussion for - Charleston, SC  (on/off)  Help NOTE: mouseover dotted underlined text for definition
|Fxus62 kchs 170303|
area forecast discussion
national weather service charleston sc
1003 pm est Tue jan 16 2018
A cold front will move through the area Wednesday morning with
some light wintry precipitation likely across inland areas.
Cold, dry high pressure will then move in through late week.
Moderating temperatures are expected this weekend into early
next week before another cold front moves through Monday. Dry
high pressure will then return on Tuesday.
Near term until 6 am Wednesday morning
An arctic cold front producing snow across northern and western
ga will approach overnight, moving into the area toward morning.
The front is being driven by a deep mid and upper trough from
the eastern great lakes to the lower ms valley. Cirriform clouds
in advance of this feature and a coupling upper jet will
continue to increase and thicken, and this looks to hold the
vast majority of the area above freezing for the first time
since 4 nights ago. Lows on average will be in the mid and upper
30s, with no more than isolated cold pockets in parts of the
charleston tri-county area that will be closer to 32f.
All but a few hi-res models keep the forecast zones free of
precipitation tonight, but oftentimes the models are slow in
brining precipitation in, so will leave the 20% pop from
allendale to candler counties after 5 am. This will initially be
in liquid form, but some light snow and or sleet could occur
closer to daybreak as evaporative cooling develops.
Wet grounds due to the formation of dew, plus calm winds, could
support a little shallow ground fog in spots prior to the
thicker clouds moving in.
Short term 6 am Wednesday morning through Friday
A cold front will push through Wednesday morning, likely near the
coast around daybreak. Colder air will begin to move in after the
frontal passage while moisture will be increasing ahead of a strong
upper shortwave trough. There is high confidence that precipitation
amounts will be mainly a tenth of an inch or less, but the main
question remaining is how much cold air is in place while the
moisture is deepest and thus how much of the precipitation could be
frozen. The main change with the latest forecast was to increase
precipitation chances into the likely range toward the pee
dee midlands. Surface temperatures should be above freezing for all
areas to start the day, then likely fall to near freezing around mid-
morning around the csra, then likely be above freezing the rest of
the day for all areas. At this time we are not expecting more than a
coating dusting of snow on non-roadway surfaces, mainly well inland
closer to the pee dee midlands csra. Worst case snow accumulation
should be a tenth of an inch in these areas. Much colder air will
filter in Wednesday night with strong cold advection occurring.
Many areas will likely be in the lower 20s Thursday morning
with wind chills near 15 degrees. This could prompt wind chill
advisories close to the coast. Temperatures will remain below
normal through the rest of the period, although they will be on
a moderating trend. However, it will remain dry with high
pressure in control.
Long term Friday night through Tuesday
High pressure will prevail over the southeast united states this
weekend and early next week before a cold front arrives Monday. The
pattern will favor warming conditions each day under ridging aloft.
In general, afternoon highs will peak in the lower 60s on Saturday,
then upper 60s to around 70 degrees on Sunday. By Monday, southerly|
winds will help advect deep moisture over the southeast and produce
some cloud cover ahead of the approaching front. This should limit
overall high temps to the upper 60s for most locations. Chances of
showers will arrive to most areas by Monday afternoon as the front
begins to shift over the region. Dry high pressure will then return
on Tuesday behind the departing cold front. Temps will be cooler,
but should remain at or just a few degrees above normal. In general,
afternoon temps should peak in the lower 60s.
Aviation 03z Wednesday through Sunday
Vfr conditions tonight into Wednesday morning. Lower ceilings
will develop in advance of and behind a cold front late in the
morning and into the afternoon, as winds shift to the NW and
increase. MVFR ceilings are certainly possible during this time,
but for now we have low-endVFR ceilings at both kchs and ksav.
At kchs there could be a little light rain as the front moves
through around 18-21z. A few snow flurries could also be
nearby, especially off to the NW of the terminal.
Extended aviation outlook: no significant concerns.
Quiet weather is expected to persist over the coastal waters
tonight. Weak high pressure will lose its influence as a cold
front approaches from the west. The pressure gradient will
remain fairly loose through the night, with E NE winds of no
more than 5 or 10 kt initially. Closer to daybreak, winds will
take on a more solid northwest direction at similar speeds as
the cold front approaches and land breeze influences develop.
Seas will be 2 to 3 feet within 20 nm of the shore, up to 5 ft
on the outer ga waters.
Wednesday through Sunday: winds seas will increase behind a cold
front pushing through Wednesday morning. We have raised an advisory
for the offshore waters starting Wednesday afternoon. The other
marine waters, particularly off charleston county, should reach
advisory levels Wednesday night. Conditions should improve fairly
quickly Thursday as the pressure gradient and cold advection wane,
with the offshore waters likely dropping below advisory levels in
the early afternoon. No other significant concerns thereafter
through the weekend.
The kclx radar is out of service until further notice. Parts
have been ordered to replace the problems and should arrive on
Wednesday. Until the radar is back in operation use surrounding
radars; kltx, kcae, kjax, kvax and kjgx.
The downtown charleston observation site (chls1 cxm) will be
unavailable until further notice.
Chs watches warnings advisories
Marine... Small craft advisory from 1 pm Wednesday to 1 pm est Thursday
short term... Rjb
long term... Dpb
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|Stations||Dist||Age||Wind||Air Temp||Water Temp||Waves||Pressure||DewPt|
|FPKG1 - 8670870 - Fort Pulaski, GA||15 mi||46 min||SE 1.9 G 2.9||45°F||46°F||1026.9 hPa (-1.1)|
|41033||39 mi||38 min||ESE 3.9 G 7.8||45°F||46°F||1025.2 hPa|
|ACXS1 - ACE Basin Reserve, SC||45 mi||61 min||Calm||37°F||1027 hPa||36°F|
|SAXG1 - Sapelo Island Reserve, GA||53 mi||46 min||Calm||41°F||1027 hPa (-1.0)||41°F|
Wind History for Fort Pulaski, GA(wind in knots) EDIT (on/off)  Help
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|Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport, GA||4 mi||53 min||N 0||10.00 mi||Partly Cloudy||41°F||35°F||79%||1027 hPa|
|Hunter U. S. Army Airfield, GA||10 mi||50 min||N 0||10.00 mi||Fair||40°F||35°F||83%||1026 hPa|
|Hilton Head Island, Hilton Head Airport, SC||23 mi||51 min||N 0||10.00 mi||Fair||37°F||35°F||93%||1027.1 hPa|
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Tue -- 02:54 AM EST -0.11 feet Low Tide
Tue -- 06:57 AM EST Moonrise
Tue -- 07:25 AM EST Sunrise
Tue -- 09:03 AM EST 7.96 feet High Tide
Tue -- 03:33 PM EST -0.06 feet Low Tide
Tue -- 05:34 PM EST Moonset
Tue -- 05:43 PM EST Sunset
Tue -- 09:02 PM EST 7.21 feet High Tide
Tue -- 09:18 PM EST New Moon
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|Savannah River Entrance |
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Tue -- 02:15 AM EST 0.00 knots Slack
Tue -- 04:57 AM EST 1.93 knots Max Flood
Tue -- 06:56 AM EST Moonrise
Tue -- 07:24 AM EST Sunrise
Tue -- 08:47 AM EST -0.00 knots Slack
Tue -- 12:27 PM EST -2.03 knots Max Ebb
Tue -- 03:01 PM EST 0.01 knots Slack
Tue -- 05:24 PM EST 1.76 knots Max Flood
Tue -- 05:33 PM EST Moonset
Tue -- 05:42 PM EST Sunset
Tue -- 08:55 PM EST -0.00 knots Slack
Tue -- 09:18 PM EST New Moon
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