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|Sunrise 6:46AM||Sunset 6:03PM||Thursday February 22, 2018 9:11 PM EST (02:11 UTC)||Moonrise 11:01AM||Moonset 12:00AM||Illumination 53%|
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|AMZ252 Coastal Waters From Cape Fear Nc To Little River Inlet Sc Out 20 Nm- 818 Pm Est Thu Feb 22 2018 |
Overnight..S winds 10 kt or less. Seas 2 to 4 ft. Areas of fog.
Fri..S winds 10 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft. Isolated showers.
Fri night..SW winds 10 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft. Areas of fog.
Sat..SW winds 10 kt. Seas 3 ft. Areas of fog.
Sat night..SW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas 3 ft, building to 4 ft after midnight.
Sun..SW winds 15 to 20 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft.
Sun night..SW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft. A chance of showers.
Mon..NW winds 10 kt, becoming N 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft. A chance of showers.
Tue..NE winds 10 to 15 kt, becoming E 10 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft, subsiding to 2 to 4 ft.
|AMZ200 818 Pm Est Thu Feb 22 2018 |
Synopsis for coastal waters from surf city north carolina to south santee river south carolina out to 20 nautical miles.. Bermuda high pressure will remain anchored offshore, sustaining S and sw winds through the period. Each afternoon will feature gustier winds near-shore, due to the sea breeze. Patchy dense sea fog is possible through Saturday morning. A weak cold front will cross the coast Monday, bringing moderate ne winds Tuesday.
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Area Discussion for - Wilmington, NC  (on/off)  Help NOTE: mouseover dotted underlined text for definition
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area forecast discussion
national weather service wilmington nc
628 pm est Thu feb 22 2018
Strong high pressure aloft north of the bahamas, will bring
unseasonable warmth in the days ahead, until a cold front
arrives Monday. The front will bring a chance of rain, and
temperatures closer to normal early next week. A warming trend
is expected next Wednesday and Thursday, as a low pressure
system approaches from the west.
Near term through Friday
As of 332 pm Thursday... A mammoth, bahamian dome of anomalous
warmth is setting off record maximum temperatures again today.
Ilm hit 81 a bit ago, handily obliterating 78 set in 2003, and
this encompasses record keeping since 4 1 1874. Morning stratus
delayed warming at flo, but trends honing-in on a record of 80
there, established 28 years ago. Cre has tied a max-temp record
of 75 set last in 2007. Ocean-chilled onshore flow has leveled
off the temperature at cre at 74, so may have to settle for a
The weather pattern is nearly unchanged tonight and Friday, the
differences subtle, such as, the center of the offshore surface
high shifts slightly sw, moisture and SW wind flow above 850 mb
increases a little as the upper ridge, is faintly dented from
the nw, and local inshore water temperatures may be a degree or
two warmer. All these differences however don't appear crucial
enough, to change the potential for another day of record
breaking warmth in late february 2018 again Friday, where
record maximums include, ilm 80 in 1975, cre 74 in 2017, and
flo 83 in 1975.
There were wide shreds of sea fog inshore this morning, and
each morning as ssts become a little warmer, we are seeing just
a bit less sea fog. But this is gradual and the pattern remains
highly similar, so persistence wins out, and will carry marine
fog again tonight and early Friday, impacting the coastal zones.
Based on visible satellite, dissolving diurnal cumulus, will
set the stage for good chance of radiational fog overnight
Short term Friday night through Saturday night
As of 332 pm Thursday... The mid level ridge that has been
dominating conditions this week will get suppressed to the south
during this period setting the stage for some changes next
week. The center of the surface high will remain more or less in
the same position but weaken somewhat. This being said, weather
conditions will remain essentially unchanged. One small change
will be the slight chance for convective showers mostly to areas
west of the coast Saturday as the mid levels become a little
more conducive. Certainly don't expect deep convection and even
thunder is a stretch. Overall temperature forecast remains on
track for highs in the upper 70s to possibly over 80 inland with
lows in the 60s.
Long term Sunday through Thursday
As of 332 pm Thursday... Surface and mid-level ridging weaken
sun as they become flatter and sink south. Stacked low tracking
across the western great lakes will drag a cold front into the
area, but the front is initially moisture starved and lacks
dynamics. Front moves into the area late Sun before ending up
parallel to the flow aloft. The front will be stalled in the
area Sun night but precip chances seem slim at best.
Temperatures ahead of the front Sun will be on the order of 20
degrees above normal with lows Sun night in the low 60s, right
around highs typical for late feb. On Mon a series of
shortwaves, emerging from the base of the 5h trough over the
southwest, move along the stalled boundary. Deep southwest flow
helps spread moisture over the southeast while the waves aid
dynamics. Anticipate an increase in precipitation in the area as
the waves move overhead. Confidence on timing is on the low
side as there is still some disagreement between the GFS ecmwf
solutions, but the slower ECMWF might be the way to go given the|
presence of a mid-level ridge. Cloud cover and precip will keep
temperatures cooler than previous days but both highs and lows
will remain above climo.
Surface high builds over the southeast Tue into Wed as flow aloft
becomes progressive at the top of a 5h ridge over the gulf of
mexico. Quiet period is short lived as the flat 5h flow moves the
remains of a stalled front into the area, which is then lifted north
as a warm front Wed into thu. Subtle amplification of the mid-level
pattern late in the period will push above normal temps during the
midweek period to well above normal for the end of the period with
potential for convection late Thu or Thu night as a cold front moves
into or across the area.
Aviation 00z Friday through Tuesday
As of 00z... Persistent pattern continues.VFR is expected at
all terminals through 06z. Under clear skies and light winds fog
is expected to develop again overnight as the previous nights.
Have indicated ifr MVFR after 07z with tempo lifr 09-13z. Fog
should burnoff rapidly after sunrise, initially at the coastal
terminals then inland terminals by mid morning.
Extended outlook... Morning ifr br possible through sat, otherwise
vfr. Shra MVFR Sunday through Monday, becomingVFR tues.
Near term through Friday ...
as of 332 pm Thursday... Steady as she goes, with high pressure
centered offshore, provides a light to moderate southerly wind
flow across the 0-20 nm waters. Seas will be comprised of waves
from the SE around 3 feet every 8-9 seconds, with a light south
chop. Fog is of concern again tonight, and visibilities could be
reduced in areas. A dense fog advisory for the waters cannot be
ruled out entirely late tonight and early Friday.
Short term Friday night through Saturday night ...
as of 332 pm Thursday... A south to southwest flow of ten knots
or less will continue across the waters through about midday
Saturday. The gradient will increase slowly from that point on
to increase winds to 15-20 knots through Sunday morning. This
will increase the seas from the 2-3 feet which will have
persisted for days to 3-5 feet by Sunday morning.
Long term Sunday through Tuesday ...
as of 332 pm Thursday... Bermuda high remains off the coast sun
with southwest flow increasing as cold front approaches from the
northwest. Pinched gradient increases winds to 15 to 20 kt sun
and Sun night before the arrival of the front drops speeds
closer to 10 kt. Direction veers from southwest Sun night to
north-northwest by Mon morning. Surface high builds in from the
west Mon into tue, then shifts overhead Tue afternoon. Northeast
surge Mon night will peak around 20 kt close to midnight but
then the gradient starts to weaken as the high moves closer.
Northeast flow starts to wind down after sunrise Tue with winds
slowly veering to easterly and dropping to 10 kt or less as the
period ends. Seas 3 to 5 ft Sun and Sun night drop to 2 to 4 ft
mon. Northeast surge Mon night into Tue will push seas back to 3
to 5 ft for much of Tue before decreasing winds allow seas to
fall to 2 to 3 ft Tue night.
Ilm watches warnings advisories
near term... Mjc
short term... Shk
long term... Iii
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|Stations||Dist||Age||Wind||Air Temp||Water Temp||Waves||Pressure||DewPt|
|41108||9 mi||41 min||60°F||3 ft|
|41110 - Masonboro Inlet, NC||25 mi||42 min||60°F||3 ft|
|41038 - ILM2 - 5 miles SE of Wrightsville Beach, NC||25 mi||63 min||S 5.8 G 7.8||63°F||61°F||1030.6 hPa|
|JMPN7 - 8658163 - Johnny Mercer Pier, Wrightsville Beach, NC||28 mi||41 min||SSW 6 G 7||62°F||56°F||1031.1 hPa|
|WLON7||28 mi||41 min||65°F||61°F||1030.7 hPa|
|SSBN7||29 mi||89 min||2 ft|
|41013 - Frying Pan Shoals, NC Buoy||29 mi||31 min||S 5.8 G 7.8||72°F||71°F||1031.2 hPa||67°F|
|41024 - Sunset Nearshore (SUN 2)||29 mi||63 min||S 3.9 G 3.9||60°F||58°F||1030.7 hPa|
|41037 - ILM3 - 27 miles SE of Wrightsville Beach, NC||33 mi||63 min||S 5.8 G 9.7||69°F||69°F||1031.2 hPa|
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|Brunswick County Airport, NC||10 mi||36 min||S 3||10.00 mi||Fair||65°F||63°F||95%||1031.2 hPa|
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|Cape Fear |
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Thu -- 06:05 AM EST 0.32 feet Low Tide
Thu -- 06:48 AM EST Sunrise
Thu -- 11:00 AM EST Moonrise
Thu -- 12:03 PM EST 3.96 feet High Tide
Thu -- 06:02 PM EST Sunset
Thu -- 06:27 PM EST 0.03 feet Low Tide
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|Fort Caswell |
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Thu -- 06:04 AM EST 0.63 feet Low Tide
Thu -- 06:49 AM EST Sunrise
Thu -- 11:00 AM EST Moonrise
Thu -- 11:55 AM EST 4.39 feet High Tide
Thu -- 06:02 PM EST Sunset
Thu -- 06:04 PM EST 0.38 feet Low Tide
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