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Marine Weather and Tides
North Charleston, SC

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10/6/2018 Colors of tide XTide graphs changed to emphasize that they were upgraded. See next note. Comments welcome.
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Sunrise 6:56AMSunset 6:10PM Wednesday February 20, 2019 12:09 PM EST (17:09 UTC) Moonrise 7:35PMMoonset 7:52AM Illumination 98% Phase: Waning Gibbous; Moon at 16 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- 1003 Am Est Wed Feb 20 2019
Rest of today..NE winds 5 to 10 kt, becoming nw early this afternoon, then becoming se late. Showers likely late this morning, then a chance of showers this afternoon.
Tonight..SE winds 5 to 10 kt, becoming S after midnight. A chance of showers, mainly in the evening. Patchy fog in the evening, then areas of dense fog after midnight.
Thu..SW winds 10 kt. A slight chance of showers. Areas of fog.
Thu night..SW winds 5 to 10 kt. A chance of showers. Areas of fog after midnight.
Fri..E winds 5 to 10 kt, increasing to 10 to 15 kt with gusts to 20 kt in the afternoon. A chance of showers.
Fri night..NE winds 10 to 15 kt. A slight chance of showers.
Sat..SE winds 5 to 10 kt. A slight chance of showers.
Sat night..S winds 10 to 15 kt. A slight chance of showers.
Sun..SW winds 15 to 20 kt. Waves 1 to 2 ft. A chance of showers.
Sun night..NW winds 10 to 15 kt. Unless otherwise noted, waves 1 foot or less. Charleston harbor water temperature 55 degrees.
AMZ300 1003 Am Est Wed Feb 20 2019
Synopsis for the coastal waters of south coastal south carolina and north coastal georgia.. A nearly stationary front will meander near the area through Saturday morning. A cold front will sweep through from the west late Sunday, followed by high pressure on Monday. A low pressure system could affect the area next Tuesday.


7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near North Charleston, SC
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Area Discussion for - Charleston, SC
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area forecast discussion
national weather service charleston sc
1053 am est Wed feb 20 2019

Synopsis
A nearly stationary front will meander near the area through
Saturday morning. A cold front will sweep through from the west
late Sunday, followed by high pressure on Monday. A low
pressure system could affect the area next Tuesday.

Near term through tonight
Several changes were made with this update.

Pops weather: radar indicates scattered to numerous showers
generally across our sc counties this morning, moving to the
nne. We adjusted the hourly grids to try to better capture it's
movement and the drier conditions to the south and west of it.

Temperatures dew points: observations are fairly close to what's
in the forecast. Models indicate temperatures really increasing
this afternoon, especially across southeast ga. The concern is
the warm front will be slower to move onshore and erode the cold
air, especially with low ceilings sticking around most places.

So it's possible the highs may be overdone. But we won't rush to
make any changes, instead waiting to see the hourly observation
trends.

Tonight: the warm front will completely lift north of the
forecast area as a cold front slides east off the southern
appalachians. Winds across the CWA is forecast to shift from the
south late this evening and will remain through tonight. Sfc
dewpoints are expected to warm into the low 60s by midnight.

Near shore buoys indicate that water temperatures remain in the
mid 50s. Warm and moisture return flow across the cooler shelf
waters will favor the development of sea fog, building over the
coast with time. At this time, it is uncertain if the fog will
become widespread and dense or remain patchy dense. Low
temperatures around 60 will be common tonight.

Short term Thursday through Saturday
The area should be solidly in the warm-sector on Thursday with
the front to the north. We may see some brief, partial clearing
during the daytime hours. Temps soaring into the upper 70s to
lower 80s and dewpoints in the low to mid 60s will produce
modest surface-based instability. We held onto a slight chance
of showers given weak upper shortwave energy propagating through
the area.

Thursday night the front to our north will begin shifting south,
potentially moving into our far northern zones close to daybreak
Friday. Isentropic ascent will gradually increase overnight with
scattered showers possible, mainly inland. Conditions look ripe
for areas of fog to develop along and south of the front.

The backdoor cold front will drop south to near the savannah
river on Friday, allowing northeast flow to redevelop over
southern sc. Isentropic ascent will strengthen from north to
south during the day, likely producing scattered showers mainly
over southern sc, highest coverage inland. High temps will range
from lower 60s far north to lower 80s far south.

The stalled front will remain across the area through Friday
night, then slowly move north on Saturday. Rain chances will
gradually dwindle during this period. Highs on Saturday will be
in the mid to upper 70s in most locations.

Long term Saturday night through Tuesday
A potent cold front will sweep through the area Sunday afternoon
though only scattered showers are expected to accompany it.

Strong warm air advection ahead of the front will produce high
temps in the upper 70s on Sunday. Somewhat cooler weather is in
store for Monday through Wednesday as a series of high pressure
areas move into the area. A gulf low pressure system could bring
some rain to the area Tuesday and Tuesday night.

Aviation 16z Wednesday through Sunday
A coastal trough will drift slowly onshore during the daylight
hours, becoming a warm front. Ifr to maybe brief MVFR ceilings
and periods of light rain are expected through this afternoon.

The warm front is forecast to slide west of the terminals by
this evening. Flow will shift from the south and sea fog is
expected to develop across the shelf waters, then advect onshore
impacting the terminals as ifr ceilings and possibly ifr
visibility.

Extended aviation outlook: low ceilings are likely Wednesday
night through Thursday morning. Low ceilings and or reduced
visibility likely Thursday night through Saturday morning.

Marine
Rest of today: ridging high pressure this morning will shift
inland as an trough and warm front slides across the nearshore
waters. Winds will gradually ease and transition to east and
then southeast, first in the ga waters and then in the sc
waters. Small craft advisories remain in effect for the ocean
waters, but they are expected to expire for some of the waters
today as conditions improve.

Tonight: in the wake of the passing warm front, winds will
remain steady from the sw. Sfc dewpoints are expected to warm
into the low 60s by midnight. Near shore buoys indicate that
water temperatures remain in the mid 50s. Warm and moisture
return flow across the cooler shelf waters will favor the
development of sea fog, building over the coast with time. At
this time, it is uncertain if the fog will become widespread and
dense or remain patchy dense. Wave heights of six feet should be
limited to the outer portions of amz350 and 374.

A brief window for small craft advisory conditions will exist
late Friday night over the charleston sc nearshore waters behind
a backdoor cold front. More widespread SCA conditions are
possible Sunday ahead of a cold front.

The more significant concern is the likely development and
persistence of sea fog due to surface dewpoints in the low to
mid 60s moving over the cool shelf waters. The most likely time
frame will be Thursday and Thursday night when low-level flow is
southerly. By midday Friday the winds will be northeast which is
less favorable.

Tides coastal flooding
This evening's high tide is the lower of the two
for the day. The wind direction is forecasted to shift towards the
south and ease, but residual anomalies could allow the tide to
briefly approach minor coastal flooding advisory criteria at
charleston.

Chs watches warnings advisories
Ga... None.

Sc... None.

Marine... Small craft advisory until noon est today for amz352-354.

Small craft advisory until 4 pm est Thursday for amz374.

Small craft advisory until midnight est tonight for amz350.

Near term...

short term...

long term... Jrl
aviation...

marine...

tides coastal flooding...



Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
CHTS1 8 mi39 min Calm G 1.9 65°F 56°F1022 hPa
FBIS1 - Folly Island, SC 14 mi69 min E 15 G 19 63°F 1022 hPa (-1.5)63°F
41029 - Capers Nearshore (CAP 2) 23 mi61 min NE 7.8 G 12 58°F 55°F1021.8 hPa
ACXS1 - ACE Basin Reserve, SC 29 mi84 min N 2.9 55°F 1022 hPa55°F
41033 44 mi61 min N 9.7 G 18 57°F 1021.4 hPa

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Airport Reports
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AirportDistAgeWind ktVisibilitySky/WeatherTempDewPtHumidityPressure
Charleston, Charleston Air Force Base, SC4 mi73 minN 62.00 miLight Rain Fog/Mist55°F54°F96%1022.6 hPa
Charleston Executive Airport, SC11 mi74 minNNW 51.25 miFog/Mist61°F60°F100%1022.3 hPa
Mount Pleasant Regional-Faison Field, SC15 mi74 minN 02.50 miFog/Mist63°F62°F100%1022.3 hPa
Summerville Airport, SC19 mi74 minN 77.00 miOvercast46°F46°F100%1023.7 hPa
Moncks Corner Berkeley County, SC23 mi74 minN 53.00 miFog/Mist48°F48°F100%1023.7 hPa

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Tide / Current Tables for Drayton, Bee's Ferry, Ashley River, South Carolina
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Drayton
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Wed -- 02:50 AM EST     -1.36 feet Low Tide
Wed -- 06:58 AM EST     Sunrise
Wed -- 07:51 AM EST     Moonset
Wed -- 09:10 AM EST     7.09 feet High Tide
Wed -- 03:22 PM EST     -1.04 feet Low Tide
Wed -- 06:09 PM EST     Sunset
Wed -- 07:34 PM EST     Moonrise
Wed -- 09:38 PM EST     6.50 feet High Tide
Tide / Current data from XTide NOT FOR NAVIGATION
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2.30.4-0.9-1.3-0.51.23.25.16.57.16.85.53.71.70-1-0.80.42.13.95.46.36.45.6

Tide / Current Tables for Charleston Harbor Entrance, South Carolina Current
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Charleston Harbor Entrance
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Wed -- 02:40 AM EST     0.01 knots Slack
Wed -- 05:16 AM EST     2.43 knots Max Flood
Wed -- 06:57 AM EST     Sunrise
Wed -- 07:50 AM EST     Moonset
Wed -- 09:05 AM EST     -0.00 knots Slack
Wed -- 12:11 PM EST     -3.33 knots Max Ebb
Wed -- 03:16 PM EST     0.00 knots Slack
Wed -- 05:43 PM EST     2.10 knots Max Flood
Wed -- 06:09 PM EST     Sunset
Wed -- 07:33 PM EST     Moonrise
Wed -- 09:26 PM EST     -0.01 knots Slack
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