Thursday, April26, 2018

Marine Weather and Tides
Garden City, SC

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Sunrise 6:30AMSunset 7:57PM Thursday April 26, 2018 7:24 AM EDT (11:24 UTC) Moonrise 3:42PMMoonset 3:47AM Illumination 85% Phase: Waxing Gibbous; Moon at 11 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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AMZ254 Coastal Waters From Little River Inlet To Murrells Inlet Sc Out 20 Nm- 321 Am Edt Thu Apr 26 2018
Today..N winds 10 kt or less, becoming se late this morning and afternoon. Seas 3 ft, subsiding to 2 ft this afternoon.
Tonight..S winds 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. A chance of showers with isolated tstms.
Fri..SW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft. A chance of showers with isolated tstms.
Fri night..SW winds 10 to 15 kt, becoming W 10 kt after midnight. Seas 2 to 4 ft, subsiding to 2 to 3 ft after midnight.
Sat..SW winds 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.
Sat night..W winds 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.
Sun..N winds 10 to 15 kt, becoming ne 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.
Mon..NE winds 10 kt, becoming se. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Winds and seas higher in and near tstms.
AMZ200 321 Am Edt Thu Apr 26 2018
Synopsis for coastal waters from surf city north carolina to south santee river south carolina out to 20 nautical miles.. A weak cold fronts will move across the waters this morning. The front will stall and then return northwest later this afternoon. Another cold front will cross the waters on Friday with another front expected Sunday morning.

7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Garden City, SC
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Area Discussion for - Wilmington, NC
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national weather service wilmington nc
322 am edt Thu apr 26 2018

Fair conditions today will be followed by showers and a few
thunderstorms late tonight and early Friday, as a low pressure
system tracks from northern georgia to southern virginia
overnight. A stalled front inland, Friday and Saturday, will be
kicked offshore by canadian high pressure before sunrise Sunday.

This will usher in a drying trend, with slight cooling Sunday
and Monday, followed by warming through mid week.

Near term through tonight
As of 322 am Thursday... Weak cold front moves across the area
around daybreak, then stalls after moving off the coast.

Surface low developing over the southeast this morning, under a
5h shortwave trough moving through the large scale 5h trough,
moves east today, lifting the front back into the area as a warm
front this afternoon. Forecast soundings do show some surface
based instability during the day today, but weak mid-level
capping may prevent any showers until the environment becomes
more favorable late in the day and into the evening.

Approaching shortwave this evening increases divergence aloft
and provides an increase in deep moisture. Mid-level lapse
rates steepen considerably late in the day with convection
seeming more likely, especially across portions of sc. Timing is
the biggest issue. The dynamics associated with the wave arrive
very late in the day, at which time diurnal instability will
have peaked and be starting to trend down. So while a few strong
updrafts cannot be ruled out, mainly across inland sc, the
potential for severe weather may be minimalized by the late
timing. SPC continues to carry a small area of marginal in the
day 1 outlook which covers most of darlington and brushes
florence and marlboro counties. However, confidence in this is
low. Any convection that is able to persist overnight will be on
the weak side and will start winding down during the early
morning hours.

Varying amounts of cloud cover today, increasing in the late
morning and afternoon due to heating, will keep highs confined
to the mid to upper 70s. Some areas across inland sc could hit
80 with an extended period of sunshine. Cloud cover coupled with
modest boundary layer winds will keep lows well above climo
overnight, mid to upper 50s.

Short term Friday through Saturday night
As of 322 am Thursday... 'devolving' low complex dawn Friday is
over north-central nc, lifting north, swept then absorbed with
a northern stream low over the great lakes, leaving a dangling,
quasi-stationary frontal boundary waffling along the coastal
interior. Despite the shallow nature of moisture in vertical
profiles, lapse rates associated with the cool pool will prompt
moderate cumulus Friday afternoon, possibly isolated showers,
albeit low topped, capped by arid wsw aloft. This, diurnally
favored around peak heating and in proximity to the surface
boundary locality.

Saturday setting up to be a nice sunny and warm day, with 80s in
the cards, in a weak but impactful, dry, warm sector. FROPA late
Saturday night, offshore prior to daybreak Sunday will have a
passage without much consequence, aside from winds becoming n-ne
and slightly cooler min-t heading into early Sunday, middle 50s.

Long term Sunday through Wednesday
As of 325 pm Wednesday... Cool high pressure at the surface
through the remainder of the weekend. Although temperatures will
be cooler than normal Sunday and Monday the weather will be
quite tolerable with highs generally in the lower 70s with clear
skies. A warm-up is expected by mid-week as the high moves off
the coast with as return flow develops.

Aviation 07z Thursday through Monday
As of 06z... Clouds lingering around 6k ft this morning will
start to expand in coverage later this morning as heating
coupled with colder air aloft increases low level instability.

Shortwave moving into the area later in the day may generate
some late day evening convection that lingers in the area a
little past midnight. Isolated thunder is possible, but
potential is low and have not included within the forecast with
the latest issuance. Light and variable winds this morning will
become southeast with afternoon sea breeze increasing speeds
along the coast.

Extended outlook... Tempo MVFR tonight through sat. Otherwise

Near term through tonight ...

as of 322 am Thursday... Have allowed nc exercise caution
headline to expire at 0300 with seas continuing to diminish.

Weak cold front moves off the coast this morning then stalls
just east of the waters. Front is quick to move back inland as a
warm front during the day with light and variable winds in the
morning becoming southeast this afternoon. Speeds stay under 10
kt into the evening before weak low approaching from the
southwest slowly increases the gradient. Southerly flow
increases to 10 to 15 kt overnight, becoming southwest late in
the period. Seas 3 to 4 ft this morning will slowly decrease
during the day, dropping to 2 to 3 ft by the afternoon. Slight
increase in winds overnight will push seas back to 3 to 4 ft
late in the period.

Short term Friday through Saturday night ...

as of 322 am Thursday... This will be a manageable marine
period, with Friday the breeziest and bumpiest day, SW winds
gusting between 20 and 25 kt in the afternoon inshore, aided by
the sea breeze circulation enhancement. Then another gusty
period Saturday night, winds veering to wsw-w, gusting to 20 kt
ahead of an approaching cold front. The front will bring a wind
shift to north before first light of Sunday, 15 kt or less. Seas
3-4 ft this period, so no advisories appear to be needed. Seas
will be a mix of SW wind waves every 6 seconds, and SE waves
swell every 9 seconds. Isolated marine showers possible Friday
but drier Saturday.

Long term Sunday through Monday ...

as of 325 pm Wednesday... High pressure builds in from the
northwest through Sunday night. The high will build over the
waters during Monday. Northerly winds in the wake of the front
Sunday morning. Variable flow is expected Monday as the high
builds overhead. Seas of 3 to 4 ft are possible during Sunday,
otherwise they will subside to around 2 ft Monday with a weak
pressure gradient overhead.

Ilm watches warnings advisories
Sc... None.

Nc... None.

Marine... None.

Synopsis... 8
near term... Iii
short term... Mjc
long term... Srp
aviation... Iii

Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
MROS1 - 8661070 - Springmaid Pier, SC 7 mi54 min 1013.6 hPa
NIWS1 - North Inlet-Winyah Bay Reserve, SC 19 mi99 min W 1 60°F 1010 hPa57°F
SSBN7 33 mi122 min 2 ft
41024 - Sunset Nearshore (SUN 2) 33 mi76 min E 1.9 G 3.9 63°F 63°F1010 hPa

Wind History for Springmaid Pier, SC
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Airport Reports
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AirportDistAgeWind ktVisibilitySky/WeatherTempDewPtHumidityPressure
Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, SC8 mi28 minN 010.00 miFair57°F55°F96%1011.2 hPa
Conway Horry County Airport, SC18 mi29 minN 04.00 miFog/Mist54°F53°F100%1011.2 hPa
North Myrtle Beach Grand Strand Airport, SC22 mi31 minN 010.00 miFair57°F57°F100%1010.8 hPa

Wind History from MYR (wind in knots)
Last 24hrW6W6W7W8W94S12S11S9W10W9W8W7W5CalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalm
1 day agoSE5SE5S8S14S9S10--S8S12S13S12S12S11S9S11SW11S6SW6SW6W9SW6SW4SW4SW5
2 days agoE14E16

Tide / Current Tables for Garden City Pier (ocean), South Carolina
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Garden City Pier (ocean)
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Thu -- 04:46 AM EDT     Moonset
Thu -- 05:14 AM EDT     5.41 feet High Tide
Thu -- 06:32 AM EDT     Sunrise
Thu -- 11:47 AM EDT     -0.15 feet Low Tide
Thu -- 04:42 PM EDT     Moonrise
Thu -- 05:53 PM EDT     5.66 feet High Tide
Thu -- 07:55 PM EDT     Sunset
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Tide / Current Tables for Little Bull Creek entrance, Bull Creek, Waccamaw River, South Carolina
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Little Bull Creek entrance
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Thu -- 04:20 AM EDT     -0.10 feet Low Tide
Thu -- 04:47 AM EDT     Moonset
Thu -- 06:33 AM EDT     Sunrise
Thu -- 09:46 AM EDT     2.60 feet High Tide
Thu -- 04:42 PM EDT     Moonrise
Thu -- 04:50 PM EDT     -0.21 feet Low Tide
Thu -- 07:55 PM EDT     Sunset
Thu -- 10:25 PM EDT     2.68 feet High Tide
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