Sunday, November19, 2017

Marine Weather and Tides
Bucksport, SC

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Sunrise 6:51AMSunset 5:11PM Sunday November 19, 2017 7:17 AM EST (12:17 UTC) Moonrise 7:41AMMoonset 6:22PM Illumination 1% Phase: New Moon; Moon at 1 days in cycle
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Marine Forecasts
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AMZ254 Coastal Waters From Little River Inlet To Murrells Inlet Sc Out 20 Nm- 637 Am Est Sun Nov 19 2017
.small craft advisory in effect until 6 pm est this evening...
Today..W winds 20 to 25 kt with gusts up to 35 kt, becoming nw 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt late this morning, then diminishing to 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt late. Seas 5 to 7 ft, subsiding to 3 to 5 ft late. A chance of showers this morning.
Tonight..N winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft, subsiding to 2 to 3 ft after midnight.
Mon..N winds 10 to 15 kt, becoming ne 10 kt in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 ft.
Mon night..E winds 10 kt. Seas 1 to 2 ft.
Tue..E winds 10 kt. Seas 2 ft. A slight chance of showers.
Tue night..E winds 10 kt, becoming ne after midnight. Seas 2 to 3 ft. A chance of showers.
Wed..NE winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.
Thu..NE winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft. A chance of rain through the night.
AMZ200 637 Am Est Sun Nov 19 2017
Synopsis for coastal waters from surf city north carolina to south santee river south carolina out to 20 nautical miles.. A strong cold front will move offshore this morning. Strong high pressure will follow, moving offshore Monday night and Tuesday. An offshore coastal trough will migrate into the waters Tuesday and then move back offshore Tuesday night as developing low pressure offshore of the southeast coast lifts northeast of our latitude Wednesday morning. Low pressure is expected to develop in the eastern gulf of mexico mid week and then move to the northeast Thursday and Friday.

7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Bucksport, SC
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Area Discussion for - Wilmington, NC
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area forecast discussion
national weather service wilmington nc
646 am est Sun nov 19 2017

A strong cold front will move offshore early this morning, ending
the risk for showers and bringing very dry and much cooler
temperatures on brisk northwest winds. There is the potential
for a rather widespread frost away from the immediate coast
Monday night with some freezing temperatures possible inland. A
coastal trough and approaching cold front may bring some showers
late Tuesday and Tuesday night. Low pressure is expected to develop
in the eastern gulf of mexico mid week and may bring unsettled
weather to the eastern carolinas Thursday and Friday as it moves
northeast. High pressure early next weekend will be followed by
the passage of a cold front next Sunday.

Near term through tonight
As of 600 am Sunday... A strong cold front had barreled through
lbt and bbp and will move across eyf and flo in the 7 o'clock
hour before heading offshore between 9 and 10 am. Showers were
racing NE ahead of the front and had already ended W of i-95.

The remaining light showers will end with frontal passage with
winds turning sharply nw. Brisk NW winds and strong cold and
dry advection will be the rule behind the front.

Previous discussion follows...

cold front rapidly approaching from the west is accompanied by
a line of showers, currently approaching the western edge of the
cwa. What was once an impressive, albeit low-topped, squall
line, has diminished into a broken area of showers. Some of this
is due to waning instability, but have also noted a separation
between convection the best baroclinicity fgen forcing, both of
which will continue to occur and lead to even further weakening
of the convection through daybreak. Timing of the FROPA is well
matched by guidance, and expect the front and all showers to be
offshore around 9am. While a few locations may receive a brief
gusty shower with heavy rainfall, most areas will see just very
light showers and total QPF only a few hundredths of an inch.

Strong winds ahead of the front, noted on ltx VWP of 40 kt at
1kft, will continue strong gradient winds gusting to 30 mph
through FROPA however, veering to the NW behind the front.

Once the front crosses offshore, rapid cool and dry advection will
occur on gusty NW winds. This will create rapid erosion of the cloud
cover and cooling of low-level thermal fields through the day. This
will have the two pronged effect of leading to a sunny day, but with
temps struggling to warm despite the sunshine. In fact, highs today
are likely occurring right now, and although some diurnal warming is
forecast, do not expect temps to climb back to current values, and
instead afternoon-highs will be in the low to mid 60s.

Large area of high pressure will build eastward today and tonight
becoming positioned across the western carolinas tonight. This
weakening of the gradient will allow north winds to relax, remaining
just a few kts above calm tonight. Cold advection rarely fully
decouples at night, so have left a few mph of wind through Monday
morning. This will prevent ideal radiational cooling, although a dry
column, cool 850mb temps, and light north winds will still permit
temps to crash into the low to mid 30s, but no freezing temperatures
are currently forecast. Soundings are quite dry at the surface and
winds will remain a few mph above calm, but have still introduced
patchy frost all zones away from the coast, except robeson, bladen,
and inland pender where the growing season has ended for 2017.

Short term Monday through Tuesday night
As of 300 am Sunday... High pressure will be overhead Mon and
the atmospheric column will be exceedingly dry with precipitable
water values less than two tenths of an inch. Expect bright
sunshine and very light winds mon. 850 mb temps will be
increasing mon, but after such a chilly start, the environment
should only support highs in the mid and upper 50s. Dewpoints
will be in the 20s for most of the day and this will result in
minimum relative humidity values as low as 25 to 30 percent mon

The high will move offshore Mon night and Tue and an offshore
coastal trough is expected to develop. This trough should then
migrate W and may get rather close to the coast Tue night before
weak low pressure develops offshore of the southeast coast and
lifts ne. This weak offshore low will be lifting N of our
latitude Wed morning. At the surface, canadian high pressure
will build SE and its expansive center should reach the
mississippi valley by the end of the period. However, aloft, a
very deep trough will be carving out which will lead to the
development of low pressure in the eastern gulf of mexico later
in the week.

The forecast gets a little murky later Tue and Tue night and it
is unclear how much precipitation will be realized across the
forecast area. Confidence is a little higher that coastal
communities would be most impacted by scattered showers given
their proximity to the aforementioned coastal trough. The gfs,
and to a lesser extent, the euro model, are showing several
weak perturbations embedded in deep SW flow lifting across the
area. These weak features may be able to generate showers
further inland as well. Also, as moisture is tapped from the
gulf of mexico, we will see precipitable water values climb to
just over 1 inch Tue night. Thus although confidence is lower
than it normally is for this portion of the forecast, will
include chance pops throughout, but favor the coast.

We are expecting clouds to fill in, possibly as early as
overnight Mon in the form of higher clouds, but more likely
during the day Tue when thicker clouds should arrive, with
skies becoming mostly cloudy by during Tue night. Cloud
development as early as overnight Mon could impact low temps.

At this time, we are forecasting lower to mid 30s across inland
areas with upper 30s to near 40 at the coast. This may lead to a
frosty night across many areas away from the immediate coast
with some locations dropping to freezing inland. Daytime highs
in the 60s are expected during this period with lows Tue night
in the upper 40s to lower 50s with perhaps some mid 40s well

Long term Wednesday through Saturday
As of 300 pm Saturday... A couple of short wave troughs in the
southern stream will have some impact on area weather in much of the
extended period though confidence is currently low in exactly what
those impacts will be due to model divergence.

The first upper trough may bring a few showers into Wed with a
cold front moving offshore by during Wed morning. After this
fropa, the second upper trough could spawn low development along
the front offshore and bring rain to the area Thu into fri.

For now, the forecast reflects slight chance pops Wed and for
wed night into fri. Temperatures will be near seasonal normals
wed before falling back into the mid to upper 50s for Thu and
fri. Slightly warmer temperatures are expected Sat with highs
in the upper 50s to lower 60s. Synopsis... Mins will see a
similar trend falling from the mid to upper 40s Tue night to the
mid 30s to around 40 Thu night before rebounding to the 40s by
sat night.

Aviation 12z Sunday through Thursday
As of 12z... The surface cold front will be moving through lbt
very close to 12z, flo-cre-myr around 13z, and ilm by 14z.

Southwest winds will shift to the west-northwest behind the
front. The strong, gusty winds of the past 12 hours are mainly
confined to the pre-frontal environment, and behind the front we
anticipate gusts no higher than about 20 knots this morning,
dying away between 17-19z as the pressure gradient weakens.

Scattered showers along and ahead of the front could be
accompanied by ceilings as low as 2,000 feet agl, however drier
air building should erode these lower clouds between 13-15z.

Winds will weaken further tonight and become northerly withVFR
conditions expected.

Extended outlook...VFR conditions are expected Sunday through
Tuesday morning. Possible MVFR in low clouds and rain Tuesday
night through Thursday.

Near term through tonight ...

as of 300 am Sunday... Cold front approaching from the west will
cross the waters this morning and exit the area late this afternoon.

This front is creating a pinched gradient locally, and winds across
the waters are presently from the SW at 20-25 kt with higher
gusts. These winds will persist through FROPA this morning, and
then shift rapidly to the NW while remaining at elevated speeds.

Along with the wind shift, scattered showers with isolated
higher and erratic winds are also likely through late morning.

Although winds will begin to ease this aftn as high pressure builds
in from the west, strong cool advection will maintain gusty winds
through the period, falling only to 15-20 kt from the north
late tonight. The ongoing SCA will remain unchanged, and is in
effect through 6pm for 20-25 kt of wind (sw early, NW late) and
seas 5-8 ft. As the winds shift to the offshore direction, wave
heights will fall to 4-5 ft this evening, and 3-5 ft tonight,
but a scec may be needed once conditions fall below sca

Short term Monday through Tuesday night ...

as of 300 am Sunday... High pressure will be overhead mon. As the
high shifts offshore Mon night and tue, a developing offshore coastal
trough will develop and migrate toward the coast. Current thinking
is this trough may move into the coastal waters later Tue before
shifting back offshore Tue night. In fact, the models are showing
a weak offshore low developing on this trough late Tue night which
will lift N of our latitude Wed morning.

The strongest winds this period will be Mon morning, up to around
15 kt from the n. The wind direction will veer to NE Mon afternoon
with speeds decreasing to less than 10 kt late. Wind speeds mon
night will be 10 kt or less, veering from E to ese. Light and
generally easterly. The wind direction Tue will be SE at speeds
of near 10 kt. The wind direction will back to the N later tue
night, increasing to 10 to 15 kt by Wed morning. Seas will trend
lower into tue, from 3 to 4 ft early Mon to 2 ft or less later
mon afternoon through Tue morning. Seas should then tick about
a foot higher Tue afternoon and then back to 3 to 4 ft Tue night.

Long term Wednesday through Thursday ...

as of 300 pm Saturday... A coastal trough should retreat back
offshore by Wed morning as high pressure advances across the
ohio valley and shifts our winds to a more north to northeast
direction. Light winds and slight seas are expected until wed
night or Thu when NE winds of 15 to 20 kt could build seas to 4
to 5 ft with 6 footers possible at 20 nm.

Ilm watches warnings advisories
Sc... None.

Nc... None.

Marine... Small craft advisory until 6 pm est this evening for amz250-

Near term... Rjd jdw
short term... Rjd
long term... Ran
aviation... Tra

Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
NIWS1 - North Inlet-Winyah Bay Reserve, SC 21 mi92 min WSW 11 66°F 1007 hPa60°F
41024 - Sunset Nearshore (SUN 2) 35 mi69 min WSW 16 G 21 63°F 62°F1005.7 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, SC9 mi21 minWSW 1210.00 miOvercast63°F59°F87%1006.9 hPa
Conway Horry County Airport, SC12 mi42 minSW 57.00 miMostly Cloudy61°F59°F94%1006.4 hPa
North Myrtle Beach Grand Strand Airport, SC23 mi24 minSW 910.00 miOvercast63°F60°F90%1006 hPa

Wind History from MYR (wind in knots)
Last 24hrCalmSE8S8S11SE10SE8S8S9S9S10S10SW9S8SW10SW10
1 day agoN11NE8NE12NE9N645SE5SE4SE3CalmCalmCalmW3CalmCalm--CalmCalmCalmCalmCalmN3Calm
2 days agoNW6NW6NW7NW8NW9NW7NW3N8W6W4CalmW3CalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmN5N7N9N9N11NE8

Tide / Current Tables for Bucksport, Waccamaw River, South Carolina
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Sun -- 12:05 AM EST     2.32 feet High Tide
Sun -- 06:45 AM EST     0.18 feet Low Tide
Sun -- 06:52 AM EST     Sunrise
Sun -- 07:40 AM EST     Moonrise
Sun -- 12:39 PM EST     2.65 feet High Tide
Sun -- 05:11 PM EST     Sunset
Sun -- 06:23 PM EST     Moonset
Sun -- 07:25 PM EST     0.27 feet Low Tide
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Tide / Current Tables for Wachesaw Landing, Waccamaw River, South Carolina
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Sun -- 05:52 AM EST     0.17 feet Low Tide
Sun -- 06:51 AM EST     Sunrise
Sun -- 07:40 AM EST     Moonrise
Sun -- 11:27 AM EST     3.26 feet High Tide
Sun -- 05:11 PM EST     Sunset
Sun -- 06:23 PM EST     Moonset
Sun -- 06:32 PM EST     0.26 feet Low Tide
Sun -- 11:31 PM EST     2.78 feet High Tide
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