Friday, March24, 2017

Marine Weather and Tides
Socastee, SC

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Sunrise 7:11AMSunset 7:32PM Friday March 24, 2017 4:02 AM EDT (08:02 UTC) Moonrise 4:01AMMoonset 3:07PM Illumination 11% Phase: Waning Crescent; Moon at 26 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- 309 Am Edt Fri Mar 24 2017
Today..SE winds 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.
Tonight..S winds 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.
Sat..S winds 10 kt. Seas 3 ft.
Sat night..SE winds 10 kt. Seas 3 ft. A slight chance of showers.
Sun..S winds 10 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft.
Sun night..S winds 10 kt. Seas 4 ft.
Mon..S winds 10 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft.
Tue..SW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft. A chance of showers and tstms through the day. Winds and seas higher in and near tstms.
AMZ200 309 Am Edt Fri Mar 24 2017
Synopsis for coastal waters from surf city north carolina to south santee river south carolina out to 20 nautical miles.. Canadian high pressure will build southward into the mid-atlantic states...then will move offshore during the weekend. A weak cold front will approach the waters on Monday and Tuesday.

7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Socastee, SC
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Area Discussion for - Wilmington, NC
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national weather service wilmington nc
120 am edt Fri mar 24 2017

Temperatures will run below normal through early Friday as cool
high pressure holds across the area. A warming trend will begin
Friday afternoon through the weekend, as low pressure slowly
approaches from the west. This system will bring a chance of
rain late in the weekend, followed by another system Monday into

Near term /through Friday/
As of 1000 pm Thursday... A frost advisory is in effect for
robeson, bladen, pender and columbus counties overnight and into
fri morning. A good deal of clear skies are expected to continue
overnight with some increasing high level moisture which will
be manifested in the form of thin cirrus late. Marine stratocumulus
will approach the coast overnight and a few may brush portions
of the immediate coast near sunrise. Winds will be light to
calm. This provides sufficient opportunity for a decent amount
of radiational cooling. Also, low level moisture has been
increasing and dewpoints will hold steady if not rise slightly
for the remainder of the night. As dewpoint depressions narrow
to a degree or two, we expect frost to develop where temps drop
to the mid 30s. This will be primarily across out northernmost
counties where we expect areas of frost with the best coverage
likely across bladen and inland pender counties. Pockets of
frost could locally develop elsewhere away from the coast where
temps drop to 37 or below. We are generally forecasting lows in
the upper 30s to around 40 outside the frost advisory area with
lower to mid 40s along the immediate coast.

Cold high pressure along the eastern seaboard will slip offshore
late tonight and Fri as a coastal trough develops offshore and
drifts west. Surface winds turn southerly on Friday, allowing
a modest warm-advective regime to set up. Highs will finally
rise back up to near or just above normal with most places
seeing a degree or two either side of 70. Expect some afternoon
cu to form with the lower layers moistening up.

Short term /Friday night through Saturday night/
As of 300 pm Thursday... A return to above normal temperatures
will take place heading into the weekend. Atlantic high pressure
will maintain a solid southerly return flow through the low
levels bringing warmer and moister air into the carolinas
through the weekend. Mid to upper ridge building up the
southeast coast will shift east through the period. Overall,
plenty of dry air and subsidence in the mid levels with h5
heights peaking up near 585 dam early sat. As the ridge slips
east, the deep s-sw flow will stream some high clouds into the
area and the low level moisture increase up through h85 will
also aid in development of some afternoon cu, especially along
the convergent sea breeze in the afternoon. Overall, expect
mainly clear skies with a good deal of sunshine and above normal
temps. The 850 temps will be near 6 to 7c through the period
which is up from near 0c just the day before. Low temps around
50 Fri night will rise into the mid 70s on Saturday. Sun night
will be almost 10 degrees above normal with low temps in the mid

Long term /Sunday through Thursday/
As of 300 am Thursday... Rain chances are best inland Sunday as
a low pressure system swerves north, well west of the coast. A
warm and humid day Sunday all areas, well into the 70s, if not a
few 80s depending on cloud cover extent, even ceiling breaks
could warm the air quickly. A rumble of thunder is possible and
favored inland. A few low pressure centers beneath short-waves
will sustain low end rain chances Monday into Tuesday. QPF looks
quite low but hopefully enough to knock a little pollen out of
the sky and pines. No cold air on the horizon and temperatures
overall appear to run above normal through the extended period.

Aviation /06z Friday through Tuesday/
As of 06z... High confidence inVFR for all terminals through the taf
valid period. Still cannot rule out some moisture in the 1-3kft
range along the coast but it should not form a ceiling. Models have
also backed off on this moisture anyway.

Extended outlook... Flight category restrictions are possible in
stratus/fog during the early morning hours of Sat and Sun and
in isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms Sun through

Near term /through Friday/...

as of 1000 pm Thursday... All headlines have been discontinued
across the waters late this eve.

For the remainder of the night, seas of 3 to 5 ft will slowly
subside to 3 to 4 ft with a 2 ft easterly swell on the order of
10 to 11 seconds. The wind direction will be ene to NE at 10 to
15 kt. As a developing offshore coastal trough creeps to the w,
wind speeds are expected to decrease slightly by Fri morning.

High pressure will pass offshore Friday and winds will be on
the order of 5 to 10 kt and seas around 2 ft.

Short term /Friday night through Saturday night/...

as of 300 pm Thursday... High pressure anchored over the
atlantic will maintain a s-se return flow across the waters... 10
kts or less. Should see a spike in on shore flow with the
afternoon sea breeze. The southerly push will produce a gradual
rise in seas from 2 to 3 ft up to 2 to 4 ft by Sat night.

Long term /Sunday through Tuesday/...

as of 300 am Thursday... No advisories are expected Sunday and
Monday but seas may approach 4 feet since southerly flow remains
persistent. Isolated marine showers can be expected this period
but tstms if any would be confined to the gulf stream if at
all. Seas 3-4 feet mainly in SE waves between 7-10 second
intervals with a moderate chop. The warm land temps will support
a sea breeze so expected gusts near 20 kt near shore in the
afternoon hours.

Ilm watches/warnings/advisories
Sc... None.

Nc... Frost advisory from 1 am to 9 am edt Friday for ncz087-096-099-

Marine... None.

Near term... Rek/rjd
short term... Rgz
long term... Mjc
aviation... mbb

Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
MROS1 - 8661070 - Springmaid Pier, SC 6 mi45 min 1031.6 hPa
NIWS1 - North Inlet-Winyah Bay Reserve, SC 25 mi78 min ENE 8.9 54°F 1032 hPa49°F
SSBN7 30 mi93 min 2 ft

Wind History for Springmaid Pier, SC
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Airport Reports
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AirportDistAgeWind ktVisibilitySky/WeatherTempDewPtHumidityPressure
Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, SC4 mi67 minENE 710.00 miFair52°F46°F80%1032.8 hPa
Conway Horry County Airport, SC11 mi68 minN 07.00 miFair36°F33°F93%1032.8 hPa
North Myrtle Beach Grand Strand Airport, SC17 mi70 minNNE 410.00 miFair41°F37°F89%1032.5 hPa

Wind History from MYR (wind in knots)
Last 24hrN7N7N9NE9NE9NE13NE15NE15
1 day agoN5SW5W6--NW8N14N18N21N171N18N17N15E15SE14E10E13E13
2 days agoSW5SW4SW6W7W7SW8SW8W9W10SW9--S12S13S13S13S10S9S10S10S5S4W18

Tide / Current Tables for Socastee Bridge, South Carolina
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Socastee Bridge
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Fri -- 04:03 AM EDT     0.32 feet Low Tide
Fri -- 05:01 AM EDT     Moonrise
Fri -- 07:14 AM EDT     Sunrise
Fri -- 09:18 AM EDT     2.16 feet High Tide
Fri -- 04:06 PM EDT     Moonset
Fri -- 04:45 PM EDT     0.19 feet Low Tide
Fri -- 07:30 PM EDT     Sunset
Fri -- 09:30 PM EDT     2.05 feet High Tide
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Tide / Current Tables for Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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Myrtle Beach
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Fri -- 05:00 AM EDT     Moonrise
Fri -- 05:23 AM EDT     4.94 feet High Tide
Fri -- 07:13 AM EDT     Sunrise
Fri -- 11:42 AM EDT     0.13 feet Low Tide
Fri -- 04:06 PM EDT     Moonset
Fri -- 05:38 PM EDT     4.68 feet High Tide
Fri -- 07:30 PM EDT     Sunset
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Wind Forecast for Wilmington, NC (4,6,7,8)
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Ground Weather Radar Station Wilmington, NC
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