Wednesday, January23, 2019

Marine Weather and Tides
Little River, SC

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Sunrise 7:15AMSunset 5:38PM Wednesday January 23, 2019 7:17 AM EST (12:17 UTC) Moonrise 8:43PMMoonset 9:16AM Illumination 93% Phase: Waning Gibbous; Moon at 17 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- 649 Am Est Wed Jan 23 2019
.gale warning in effect from late tonight through Thursday afternoon...
Today..SE winds 10 to 15 kt, becoming S 15 to 20 kt late. Seas 3 ft, building to 4 to 5 ft this afternoon. A slight chance of showers this afternoon.
Tonight..S winds 15 to 20 kt, increasing to 20 to 25 kt after midnight with gusts up to 35 kt. Seas 5 to 7 ft, building to 6 to 9 ft after midnight. A chance of showers in the evening, then showers after midnight.
Thu..SW winds 25 to 30 kt, becoming W 15 to 20 kt in the afternoon. Gusts up to 40 kt. Seas 7 to 10 ft, subsiding to 5 to 8 ft in the afternoon. Showers with isolated tstms in the morning, then a slight chance of showers in the afternoon.
Thu night..NW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 4 to 6 ft.
Fri..NW winds 10 kt. Seas 4 to 5 ft.
Fri night..N winds 10 kt. Seas 3 ft.
Sat..NE winds 5 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.
Sun..N winds 10 kt. Seas 2 ft. Winds and seas higher in and near tstms.
AMZ200 649 Am Est Wed Jan 23 2019
Synopsis for coastal waters from surf city north carolina to south santee river south carolina out to 20 nautical miles.. High pressure remains off to the northeast today. A cold front will cross the waters Thursday with brief gale conditions expected ahead of the front. High pressure then builds in over weekend, bringing improving marine conditions.

7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Little River, SC
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Area Discussion for - Wilmington, NC
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Fxus62 kilm 231030
area forecast discussion
national weather service wilmington nc
530 am est Wed jan 23 2019

High pressure will shift off shore bringing a considerable
warmup today. Gusty showers will accompany a cold front
that will cross the area Thursday morning. High pressure will
build in from the northwest late in the week. The high will
shift south of the area early next week. Temperatures near
to slightly below normal into the weekend will start warming
early next week.

Near term through tonight
As of 3 am Wednesday... Latest sfc analysis shows 1035 mb high
pressure centered just off the va nc coast with 1007 mb low pressure
over mo. The high pushes farther offshore today allowing for onshore
flow to continue over the local area. Lowered rain chances for this
morning due to the strength of the high and weak forcing for ascent.

There will be some increasing warm air advection through the day
while a warm front moves northward and with moisture profiles
somewhat increasing through the day, maintained a slight chance-
chance of a shower especially over western areas. Temps noticeably
warmer than the last couple days... Highs in the low mid 60s.

For tonight, maintained low chance pops out ahead of the approaching
cold front with continued meager forcing. Best chance of rain is
between 09-15z Thursday in association with the cold front and
potent mid-level shortwave trough. Rainfall totals up to around an
inch possible area-wide. Also expect gusty winds out ahead of the
front, from both the gradient winds and moreso any convective
elements showers, due to a 70-80 kt low-level jet. Will mention
gusts to 30-40 mph in the hwo.

Short term Thursday through Friday night
As of 3 am Wednesday... Cold front will be in the region as the
period begins, likely with showers ongoing as well as the
possibility of an isolated thunderstorm along the coast.

Although the event looks to be a typical high shear low cape
setup, the timing is not at all favorable. The front will be
crossing the area during the time of lowest CAPE with only a
strong low level jet to aid forcing. Additionally both the gfs
and ECMWF are showing signs of convection along the fl gulf
coast, something that typically hinders convection across
coastal carolina. At this point do not anticipate any severe
weather, but something to keep an eye on. Cold advection lags
the front and Thu afternoon will likely end up mild with gusty
west winds. Might even see some clearing before the Sun sets.

Cold air arrives Thu night as high pressure builds in from the
northwest. Thickness and 850 temps rapidly drop, with the later
dropping as much as 8 degrees c in 12 hours. Mixing will help keep
lows overnight near climo Fri morning despite clearing skies and
deep dry air. High continues to build in from the west Fri into fri
night keeping temperatures near to below climo despite plenty of sun
in the afternoon. Precipitable water drops under 0.30" with forecast
soundings showing a bit of a subsidence inversion. Boundary layer
winds weaken and become more easterly Fri night as the center of the
high moves closer to the region. Winds may not go completely calm,
especially along the coast, but radiational cooling should be able
to have some effect. Lows will likely end up below climo with temps
ending up in the mid to upper 20s for much of the area.

Long term Saturday through Tuesday
As of 3 am Wednesday... Mid-level trough will remain over the eastern
conus through the period, with the axis remaining west of the area
into next week.

-temperatures will be near to below climo through the weekend,
trending slightly above next week.

-west to northwest flow aloft will prevent any meaningful moisture
return, precipitable water will be at or below 0.60" through the

-low pressure will pass well off the coast early next week as
another low passes northwest of the area. This low may move a
cold front and increased rain chances into the area late tue.

Aviation 12z Wednesday through Sunday
As of 12z... High pressure will shift offshore today, with southerly
flow returning. Could be some tricky stratus fog that could set up
around sunrise, but kept things minimal at this time. A coastal
trough sets up this afternoon with a slight chance of showers.

Tonight, a cold front approaches rather rapidly from the west.

Southerly winds ahead of the front will increase, with gusts to 25
kts expected after midnight. Convection will enter our western
terminals by 08z, reaching the coast at the end of the forecast

Extended outlook... MVFR overnight Wednesday into Thursday due to
showers and a passing cold front.VFR Friday through Sunday.

Near term through Tuesday ...

as of 3 am Wednesday... Sub-small craft advisory conditions daytime
today with high pressure just off to the ne. Expect 10-20 kt se
winds with 3-5 ft seas. Winds and seas then ramp up tonight ahead of
an approaching cold front. Converted the gale watch to a warning,
from 06z-18z Thursday, with frequent gusts up to 35-40 kt expected
due to a 70-80 kt low-level jet despite cool ssts. Seas up to 8-11
ft. Chances for sea fog not high enough to include mention in the
forecast attm.

Short term Thursday through Friday night ...

as of 3 am Wednesday... Gale warning ongoing at the start of the
period will transition to a small craft advisory as cold front
pushes east of the waters and westerly flow develops. Gradient
starts to relax Thu afternoon with west flow becoming northwest
thu night as colder air arrives. Northwest winds around 15 kt
thu night drop to around 10 kt Fri and Fri night, becoming north
and then northeast as they slowly weaken. Double digit seas are
expected prior to the passage of the cold front. Once offshore
flow develops seas will start to diminish, but seas are likely
to remain over 6 ft into Fri morning. Seas 3 to 5 ft on fri
slowly subside ending up 2 to 3 ft by the end of the period.

Long term Saturday through Sunday ...

as of 3 am Wednesday... Surface high over or just south of the
waters at the start of the period will gradually shift
southeast. Weak gradient will keep winds light into Sun before
more defined gradient leads to increasing west-northwest flow.

Late in the period the highs moves farther south and light west
or even southwest winds may develop. Speeds under 10 kt during
the period along with varying direction will keep seas 2 to 3 ft
sat and 2 ft or less on sun.

Ilm watches warnings advisories
Sc... None.

Nc... Coastal flood advisory from 10 am this morning to 2 pm est
this afternoon for ncz107.

Marine... Gale warning from 1 am to 1 pm est Thursday for amz250-252-254-

Near term... Mas
short term... Iii
long term... Iii
aviation... 43

Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
41024 - Sunset Nearshore (SUN 2) 9 mi70 min SE 14 G 19 54°F 52°F1029.4 hPa
41108 34 mi48 min 52°F4 ft
WLON7 44 mi30 min 45°F1029.5 hPa
NIWS1 - North Inlet-Winyah Bay Reserve, SC 46 mi93 min ENE 4.1 53°F 1028 hPa51°F

Wind History for Springmaid Pier, SC
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Airport Reports
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AirportDistAgeWind ktVisibilitySky/WeatherTempDewPtHumidityPressure
North Myrtle Beach Grand Strand Airport, SC5 mi25 minE 310.00 miOvercast46°F46°F100%1029.4 hPa
Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, SC19 mi22 minSE 710.00 miOvercast56°F51°F84%1029.4 hPa

Wind History from CRE (wind in knots)
1 day agoN10
2 days agoW9W9W10

Tide / Current Tables for Nixon Crossroads, South Carolina
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Tide / Current Tables for Sunset Beach Pier, Atlantic Ocean, North Carolina
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