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Marine Weather and Tides
Charleston, SC

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Sunrise 7:10AMSunset 7:38PM Tuesday March 28, 2017 7:29 PM EDT (23:29 UTC) Moonrise 6:43AMMoonset 7:26PM Illumination 2% Phase: Waxing Crescent; Moon at 1 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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AMZ330 Charleston Harbor- 703 Pm Edt Tue Mar 28 2017
Tonight..SW winds 10 kt...becoming W late this evening and overnight. A chance of showers this evening.
Wed..N winds 5 kt...becoming E in the afternoon.
Wed night..E winds 5 to 10 kt.
Thu..E winds 5 to 10 kt...increasing to 15 kt in the afternoon. A slight chance of showers in the afternoon.
Thu night..E winds 10 kt. A slight chance of tstms. A chance of showers...mainly after midnight.
Fri..SE winds 10 kt...becoming S with gusts to 20 kt in the afternoon. Showers likely with a chance of tstms.
Fri night..SW winds 15 kt...diminishing to 5 to 10 kt after midnight. Showers likely with a chance of tstms in the evening... Then a chance of showers with a slight chance of tstms after midnight.
Sat..W winds 5 to 10 kt.
Sat night..NW winds around 5 kt.
Sun..NE winds 5 kt.
Sun night..SE winds 5 kt. Mariners are reminded that winds and waves can be higher in and near tstms. Unless otherwise noted...waves 1 foot or less. Charleston harbor water temperature...64 degrees.
AMZ300 703 Pm Edt Tue Mar 28 2017
Synopsis for the coastal waters of south coastal south carolina and north coastal georgia.. A weak front will stall over or near the area Wednesday, then move north as a warm front Thursday night. A cold front will move through Friday night followed by dry high pressure into Sunday. Unsettled weather could return as soon as next Monday.

7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Charleston, SC
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Area Discussion for - Charleston, SC
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area forecast discussion
national weather service charleston sc
619 pm edt Tue mar 28 2017

Synopsis
A weak front will stall over or near the area Wednesday, then move
north as a warm front Thursday night. A cold front will move through
Friday night followed by dry high pressure into Sunday. Unsettled
weather could return as soon as next Monday.

Near term /until 6 am Wednesday morning/
Updated forecast to increase coverage of showers and bring them
all the way to the coast from charleston county to beaufort
county through about 7 or 8 pm, much in line with hrrr.

All activity will dissipate by mid evening. Overnight we will
see partly cloudy skies and moderate temperatures. The back door
cold front will approach far northern zones around daybreak
wed.

Short term /6 am Wednesday morning through Friday/
A cold front will push southward through the area on Wednesday,
pushed by high pressure to our north. Drier air and minimal synoptic
forcing will yield mainly dry conditions with this front, although
we still can't rule out a few light showers near the altamaha river,
which will be closer to the stalled front. The weather should be dry
until later Thursday when deeper moisture returns and isentropic
ascent increases across the area. The front will move northward as a
warm front Thursday night. Thus, showers and possibly a few
thunderstorms (mainly across ga) are expected. Focus remains on
Friday. Moisture keeps increasing ahead of a cold front that will
approach from the west. Although wind fields will be strengthening,
instability isn't overly impressive. The models have backed off on
the intensity and strength of the front, especially as it
approaches our area during the day. The threat for severe weather is
low at this time. Either way it should be a breezy day with gusts up
to around 25 mph.

Temperatures should push into the lower to mid 80s most inland
locales Wednesday, with some upper 80s possible given the offshore
flow and frontal compression. On Thursday, high pressure building
from the north will keep it a bit cooler, especially across sc where
it should stay below 80 degrees except close to the savannah river.

Once again wouldn't be surprised if upper 80s occurred Thursday
toward inland portions of the altamaha river closer to the stalled
front. Temperatures Friday will be moderated by the clouds/rain,
likely only reaching close to 80 inland. Prevailing onshore winds
will keep coastal locations much cooler during the daytime through
the period.

Long term /Friday night through Tuesday/
A cold front will push through Friday night into Saturday followed
by drier high pressure Sunday. Unsettled weather could return early
next week as a storm system moves across the deep south, although
there remains significant uncertainty regarding the timing of best
rain chances. Highest confidence in rain will be the first part of
Friday night when showers, and possibly some thunderstorms, are
expected. Temperatures should remain above normal through the
period.

Aviation /22z Tuesday through Sunday/
Vfr.

Extended aviation outlook: flight restrictions are possible
Wednesday night into Thursday morning due to low clouds and/or fog,
then likely due to showers/thunderstorms/low clouds Thursday night
into Friday.

Marine
Decreasing winds/seas tonight as the pressure gradient weakens
and a weak front approaches from the north.

Wednesday through Sunday: a weak cold front will move into the area
Wednesday as high pressure builds to the north. The front may stall
over or just souther of our ga waters Wednesday night, before moving
back north through our area as a warm front Thursday night. A cold
front will then move through late Friday, followed by high pressure
for the weekend.

Small craft advisories for winds and seas will probably start across
the ga waters Thursday night, expanding northward into the sc waters
through Friday and Friday night.

Rip currents: moderate risk for rip currents along the sc coast
Wednesday. Gusty winds and long period 3 foot swells will likely
produce rip currents. The combination of higher than normal tides,
onshore winds and swells in the surf zone will support an enhanced
risk for rip currents, possibly lasting into Friday.

Tides/coastal flooding
Strengthening onshore winds combined with swells impacting the coast
will cause saltwater inundation, especially in vulnerable coastal
areas. The Wednesday evening high tide could reach advisory levels,
while the Thursday evening high tide could approach warning levels.

Coastal flood headlines are expected with each of these tide cycles.

Additionally, some coastal flooding could occur with the Friday
evening high tide cycle.

Chs watches/warnings/advisories
Ga... None.

Sc... High risk for rip currents until 8 pm edt this evening for
scz048>051.

Marine... None.

Near term... Mte
short term... Ms
long term... Rjb
aviation... Jrl/ms
marine... Jrl/ms
tides/coastal flooding...



Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
CHTS1 0 mi42 min SW 9.9 G 13 71°F 64°F1013.5 hPa
FBIS1 - Folly Island, SC 7 mi30 min WNW 7 G 11 67°F 1014.4 hPa (+0.5)63°F
41029 - Capers Nearshore (CAP 2) 16 mi82 min SW 14 G 18 66°F 1012.1 hPa
ACXS1 - ACE Basin Reserve, SC 32 mi105 min S 2.9 74°F 1012 hPa63°F
41033 43 mi82 min S 14 G 18 66°F 64°F1012.4 hPa
41004 - EDISTO - 41 NM Southeast of Charleston, SC 48 mi40 min SSW 16 G 18 72°F 72°F5 ft1012.3 hPa (-1.2)66°F

Wind History for Charleston, SC
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Airport Reports
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AirportDistAgeWind ktVisibilitySky/WeatherTempDewPtHumidityPressure
Charleston Executive Airport, SC7 mi35 minWSW 5 G 1210.00 miMostly Cloudy72°F62°F73%1013.5 hPa
Charleston, Charleston Air Force Base, SC10 mi94 minSSW 1010.00 miMostly Cloudy76°F60°F58%1012.1 hPa
Mount Pleasant Regional-Faison Field, SC11 mi55 minSSW 410.00 miFair73°F62°F69%1013.2 hPa

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Tide / Current Tables for Charleston, South Carolina
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Charleston
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Tue -- 02:52 AM EDT     -0.58 feet Low Tide
Tue -- 07:12 AM EDT     Sunrise
Tue -- 07:43 AM EDT     Moonrise
Tue -- 09:02 AM EDT     5.87 feet High Tide
Tue -- 03:12 PM EDT     -0.67 feet Low Tide
Tue -- 07:37 PM EDT     Sunset
Tue -- 08:26 PM EDT     Moonset
Tue -- 09:21 PM EDT     6.29 feet High Tide
Tide / Current data from XTide NOT FOR NAVIGATION
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2.40.9-0.2-0.601.43.14.55.55.95.54.531.40-0.6-0.30.92.74.45.66.26.15.2

Tide / Current Tables for Charleston Harbor Entrance, South Carolina Current
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Charleston Harbor Entrance
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Tue -- 12:22 AM EDT     -3.00 knots Max Ebb
Tue -- 03:23 AM EDT     0.00 knots Slack
Tue -- 05:54 AM EDT     2.12 knots Max Flood
Tue -- 07:12 AM EDT     Sunrise
Tue -- 07:43 AM EDT     Moonrise
Tue -- 09:37 AM EDT     -0.00 knots Slack
Tue -- 12:45 PM EDT     -3.02 knots Max Ebb
Tue -- 03:41 PM EDT     0.00 knots Slack
Tue -- 06:14 PM EDT     2.28 knots Max Flood
Tue -- 07:37 PM EDT     Sunset
Tue -- 08:25 PM EDT     Moonset
Tue -- 09:56 PM EDT     -0.01 knots Slack
Tide / Current data from XTide NOT FOR NAVIGATION
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Weather Map and Satellite Images
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Wind Forecast for Charleston, SC (19,4,5,8)
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Ground Weather Radar Station Charleston, SC
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