Marine Weather and Tides
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|Sunrise 6:17AM||Sunset 8:35PM||Wednesday June 28, 2017 6:50 PM EDT (22:50 UTC)||Moonrise 10:13AM||Moonset 11:21PM||Illumination 24%|
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|AMZ352 Waters From Edisto Beach Sc To Savannah Ga Out 20 Nm- 322 Pm Edt Wed Jun 28 2017 |
Tonight..E winds 15 to 20 kt, diminishing to 10 to 15 kt after midnight. Seas 3 to 4 ft, subsiding to 2 to 3 ft after midnight.
Thu..E winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. A chance of showers and tstms.
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. A chance of tstms, mainly in the evening.
Fri..SE winds 5 to 10 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. A chance of tstms, mainly in the evening.
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 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 ft. A chance of showers and tstms.
Sun night..SW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. A chance of showers and tstms.
Mon..SW winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft. A chance of showers and tstms.
Mon night..SW winds 10 kt. Seas 2 ft. A chance of showers and tstms. Mariners are reminded that winds and seas higher in and near tstms.
|AMZ300 322 Pm Edt Wed Jun 28 2017 |
Synopsis for the coastal waters of south coastal south carolina and north coastal georgia.. High pressure to the north will move into the atlantic tonight and Thursday. A surface trough will develop inland on Friday and prevail into the weekend. A deteriorating cold front will approach the area early next week.
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Area Discussion for - Charleston, SC  (on/off)  Help NOTE: mouseover dotted underlined text for definition
|Fxus62 kchs 281949|
area forecast discussion
national weather service charleston sc
349 pm edt Wed jun 28 2017
High pressure to the north will move into the atlantic tonight and
Thursday. A surface trough will develop inland on Friday and prevail
into the weekend. A deteriorating cold front will approach the area
early next week.
Near term until 6 am Thursday morning
While we can't entirely rule out a stray shower along the sea
breeze and other meso-scale boundaries over far inland SE ga
near the altamaha river, for the most part it will remain
rainfree with scattered-broken cumulus and scattered-broken
cirrus cirrostratus. Temps will slowly fall to the upper 70s and
lower 80s by sunset.
For tonight, surface high pressure off the the virginia tidewater
will slide further east into the atlantic, as a short wave
ridge attempts to amplify a little further. While the low level
trajectories from the E and SE will allow for a gradual return
of moisture from off the atlantic, the layer from 850-400 mb
remains essentially void of moisture. This suggests little risk
of any showers, although with isentropic ascent developing, and
a weak mid level impulse drifting in from the SW late in tandem
with some coastal convergence, there might be a few showers or
low topped t-storms over mcintosh county and maybe coastal
liberty county closer to daybreak.
Once diurnal cumulus fade this evening, the jet induced high
level clouds will gradually diminish in areal coverage as the
southern branch of the jet pulls away. This will support skies
becoming mostly clear north and partly cloudy south. But with
the approach of an impulse aloft overnight and moisture flux
convergence, clouds will increase yet again, so that by daybreak
skies will be mostly cloudy south, at least partly cloudy
Temps will end up near or slightly below average for late june,
ranging from the mid 60s in the francis marion to upper 60s and
lower 70s most elsewhere. The exception will be coastal areas
and in downtown charleston where mid 70s will be common due to
the onshore flow.
Short term 6 am Thursday morning through Saturday
Gradually building ridge remains overhead through the period as
surface high pressure slides eastward from the mouth of the
chesapeake bay. Deep layer moisture will fill in across the area
during the day on Thursday, and remain in place into the weekend.
Convective initiation will mainly be along the sea breeze corridor
each afternoon, though there are a couple of features of note which
could spell an increase in precip coverage and intensity. Shortwave
energy rounding the periphery of the upper level ridge will pass
inland of the area during the day Thursday, and could provide some
destabilization locally, especially along and west of us hwy 301, or
more likely allow ample convection to blossom over the piedmont,
which could then either advect toward the coast through the evening
or encourage boundaries to trigger further convection locally.
Additionally, models are indicating that a weak mid-level wave - the
manifestation of a defunct low formerly over the gulf coast - may|
provide convective enhancement Friday, especially inland. Above
climo pops have been maintained to account for these features. The
typically waning of convective activity overnight is expected.
Temps will remain below normal through the end of the workweek
owing to onshore flow and ample cloud cover, before returning to
near normal this weekend as a more humid airmass fills in.
Long term Saturday night through Wednesday
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 20z Wednesday through Monday
Although isolated shra tsra might be near the ksav terminal by 18z
Thursday,VFR conditions are forecast there and at kchs with the
latest TAF set.
Extended aviation outlook: persistent onshore flow advecting a
maritime airmass into the area could bring flight restrictions in
low ceilings Thursday night and Friday morning, thought there is
still significant disagreement amongst guidance. Brief flight
restrictions are also possible in mainly afternoon
showers thunderstorms at both ksav and kchs through the weekend.
Tonight: a 1023 mb high centered to the NE of the great dismal
swamp will pull east, with its associated ridge axis extending
w-sw across the carolina's. This supports an easterly flow as
high as 15-20 kt this evening due to sea breeze circulations,
before the gradient slackens overnight and speeds drop to less
than 12 kt before sunrise. The long onshore fetch will allow for
seas of 3-4 ft this evening, dropping about a foot by morning
as the wind speeds decrease.
Friday through Monday: 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, and
possible brief periods of gusty winds around daybreak. Seas will
remain mainly in the 2 to 3 foot range in small southeast swell
and minor local windswell.
Chs watches warnings advisories
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|Stations||Dist||Age||Wind||Air Temp||Water Temp||Waves||Pressure||DewPt|
|FPKG1 - 8670870 - Fort Pulaski, GA||18 mi||50 min||E 16 G 20||81°F||83°F||1020.4 hPa (-0.5)|
|41033||21 mi||102 min||E 16 G 21||81°F||83°F||1019.6 hPa|
|ACXS1 - ACE Basin Reserve, SC||26 mi||65 min||E 5.1||84°F||1020 hPa||67°F|
|FBIS1 - Folly Island, SC||56 mi||50 min||ENE 13 G 15||80°F||1021.1 hPa (-0.5)||68°F|
Wind History for Fort Pulaski, GA(wind in knots) EDIT (on/off)  Help
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|Hilton Head Island, Hilton Head Airport, SC||7 mi||60 min||NE 8||10.00 mi||A Few Clouds||82°F||69°F||66%||1020.3 hPa|
|Beaufort County Airport, SC||12 mi||55 min||E 12 G 18||5.00 mi||Fair with Haze||81°F||68°F||66%||1020.3 hPa|
|Beaufort, Marine Corps Air Station, SC||14 mi||54 min||E 10||10.00 mi||Fair||84°F||70°F||63%||1020.3 hPa|
|Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport, GA||24 mi||57 min||E 12 G 19||10.00 mi||Mostly Cloudy||84°F||66°F||55%||1019.8 hPa|
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Wed -- 01:01 AM EDT 8.72 feet High Tide
Wed -- 06:18 AM EDT Sunrise
Wed -- 07:08 AM EDT -0.62 feet Low Tide
Wed -- 11:13 AM EDT Moonrise
Wed -- 01:42 PM EDT 7.63 feet High Tide
Wed -- 07:27 PM EDT -0.24 feet Low Tide
Wed -- 08:34 PM EDT Sunset
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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
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