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|Sunrise 6:08AM||Sunset 8:16PM||Monday May 22, 2017 1:35 PM EDT (17:35 UTC)||Moonrise 3:01AM||Moonset 3:43PM||Illumination 9%|
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|AMZ252 Coastal Waters From Cape Fear Nc To Little River Inlet Sc Out 20 Nm- 1227 Pm Edt Mon May 22 2017 |
This afternoon..SW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 ft. Isolated showers and tstms.
Tonight..SW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft. Showers and tstms likely.
Tue..SW winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft. Showers and tstms.
Tue night..SW winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft. Showers and tstms.
Wed..SW winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft... Building to 4 to 6 ft in the afternoon. Showers and tstms likely.
Wed night..SW winds 20 to 25 kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Seas 4 to 6 ft...building to 5 to 7 ft after midnight. Showers and tstms likely.
Thu..SW winds 20 to 25 kt...becoming W 10 to 15 kt. Seas 4 to 6 ft. A chance of showers and tstms through the day.
Fri..W winds 10 to 15 kt...diminishing to 10 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft. Winds and seas higher in and near tstms.
|AMZ200 1227 Pm Edt Mon May 22 2017 |
Synopsis for coastal waters from surf city north carolina to south santee river south carolina out to 20 nautical miles.. A front will over the coastal carolinas...with several waves of low pressure forming along the front through much of the period. Small craft advisory conditions could develop Wednesday and Thursday.
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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
1037 am edt Mon may 22 2017
Waves of low pressure will develop along stalled cold front
producing increased chance of showers and thunderstorms through
mid week. A cold front trailing from a deep low pressure system
over the ohio valley on Thursday will push through bringing the
final round of storms to the area. High pressure will build in
on Friday maintaining quieter weather for much of the weekend.
Near term /through tonight/
As of 1000 am Monday... Waves of low pressure will move along a
stalled frontal boundary which appears to be running from SW to
ne just west of local forecast area. This will maintain a deep
sw flow of warm and moist air with dewpoint temps near 70
degrees. The moisture profiles show rh greater than 80 percent
from near the sfc up through the mid to upper levels. Pcp water
values remain above 1.75 inches increasing up near 2 inches for
most of tonight. With deep moisture present, any forcing
mechanism will help to produce showers and thunderstorms over
the area. Shortwave energy rotating around a deepening mid to
upper trough digging down from the upper great lakes combined
with increased jet dynamics will produce periods of showers and
thunderstorms through the period. Overall expect plenty of
clouds with some breaks of Sun and a generally slower rise to
temps but enough instability to initiate showers and storms
especially along the sea breeze front or any other localized
boundaries. The hrrr actually shows some minor development
along the sea breeze closer to the coast earlier this afternoon
with more widespread activity developing along waves of low
pressure along front just along the west to northwest periphery
of our local forecast area closer to the vicinity of i-95
corridor later this aftn into early this evening. SPC shows
marginal risk for severe storms in that area with main threat of
damaging wind gusts.
Daytime highs should be in the middle 80s area wide and
overnight lows for tonight should be similar to this mornings
values, around 70 in most places.
Short term /Tuesday through Wednesday night/
As of 300 am Monday... A broad upper trough will drive a slow-
moving cold front across eastern CONUS during the short term,
with the front moving across the eastern carolinas on Wednesday
night. A series of short waves rounding the base of the upper
trough will combine with a relatively moist and boundry-rich
airmass to make for an extended period of unsettled weather.
Temperatures will hover around seasonal levels, with the warm sw
flow being balanced somewhat by overcast conditions and period
Long term /Thursday through Sunday/
As of 300 pm Sunday... Relatively narrow warm sector spreads
into the area on Wednesday. The warm front early may bring some
light rain but the approach of the cold front yield the more
significant rise in pops as well as the chance for higher
rainfall amounts. Wind fields not quite as strong as previously
forecast and instability should be limited by cloud cover so
severe weather threat seems minimal. The main energy associated
with the upper trough crosses Thursday but the deepest moisture
will be well offshore by then. Even so, the strength of the main
vorticity MAX should be able to wring out a few showers
especially if breaks of sunshine provide some instability. Deep
layer westerly flow will bring sunshine on Friday with much
lower humidity levels that will recover slightly into Saturday.|
A healthy disturbance may come across in this zonal flow on
Sunday bringing some minor rain chances.
Aviation /12z Monday through Friday/
As of 12z Monday... Forecast challenge for today will be timing
of convection which is likely to impact at least a couple of the
taf sites today. Current line of convection moving east across
the eastern carolinas moving slow and weakening. Flo and lbt
seem clear for now but confidence in this is low. Better chance
for convective impacts will be with the afternoon sea-breeze
Extended outlook... Reduced flight categories will be possible
in periodic showers and thunderstorms through Wednesday. The
strongest convective activity will occur Wednesday.
Near term /through tonight/...
as of 1100 am Monday... South to southeast flow will increase
from 10 to 15 kts up to 15 to 20 kts as gradient tightens
between cold front to the west and high pressure to the east.
This persistent southerly push will produce an increase in seas
into early tues morning from 2 to 4 ft this afternoon up to 3
to 5 ft. Wna model data shows a fairly sharp rise heading into
tues with the greatest rise occurring after the near term
period, through the day on tues.
Short term /Tuesday through Wednesday night/...
as of 3 am Monday... Although there will be some fluctuations,
the overall trend during the short term will be one of gradually
increasing SW winds and building seas in advance of a slowly
advancing cold front. The front will be over or near the waters
in the early morning hours of Thursday, at which point we will
likely see some loosening of the gradient and a bit of a
decrease in winds and seas. Until then, though, it is likely
that small craft advisory conditions will be breached on
Wednesday or more likely Wednesday night. Expect frequent
period of shower and thunderstorm activity during this period
Long term /Wednesday through Friday/...
as of 300 pm Sunday... Broad swath of southwesterly flow in
place on Wednesday between large atlantic high and cold front
approaching from the west. Winds may not ramp up to advisory
levels but seas likely will. This boundary will turn the flow
from SW to W by Thursday as well as a small decrease in overall
wind speed allowing seas to abate below advisory thresholds. The
circulation and gradient associated with the front will finally
move east of the area by Friday as high pressure builds into
florida and the bahamas. Locally wind will remain westerly and
continue to abate. Seas will follow suit.
Near term... Rgz
short term... Rek
long term... mbb
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|Stations||Dist||Age||Wind||Air Temp||Water Temp||Waves||Pressure||DewPt|
|41024 - Sunset Nearshore (SUN 2)||7 mi||87 min||SW 12 G 18||77°F||76°F||1018.2 hPa|
|SSBN7||7 mi||155 min||2 ft|
|41108||23 mi||78 min||77°F||4 ft|
|WLON7||32 mi||59 min||82°F||77°F||1017 hPa|
|NOXN7 - North Carolina Reserve, NC||33 mi||110 min||WSW 8||80°F||1019 hPa||69°F|
|MROS1 - 8661070 - Springmaid Pier, SC||33 mi||59 min||1016.6 hPa|
|JMPN7 - 8658163 - Johnny Mercer Pier, Wrightsville Beach, NC||38 mi||59 min||S 15 G 17||77°F||77°F||1016.3 hPa|
|41110 - Masonboro Inlet, NC||39 mi||66 min||75°F||3 ft|
|41038 - ILM2 - 5 miles SE of Wrightsville Beach, NC||39 mi||87 min||SSW 7.8 G 16||76°F||75°F||1017.9 hPa|
|41013 - Frying Pan Shoals, NC Buoy||47 mi||45 min||SW 12 G 16||77°F||77°F||3 ft||1017.9 hPa||69°F|
Wind History for Springmaid Pier, SC(wind in knots) EDIT (on/off)  Help
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|Brunswick County Airport, NC||16 mi||40 min||SSW 8 G 14||10.00 mi||Mostly Cloudy||81°F||70°F||69%||1017.9 hPa|
|North Myrtle Beach Grand Strand Airport, SC||19 mi||42 min||SSW 15||10.00 mi||Partly Cloudy||81°F||71°F||72%||1017.1 hPa|
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|Shallotte Inlet (Bowen Point) |
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Mon -- 04:01 AM EDT Moonrise
Mon -- 05:33 AM EDT 4.73 feet High Tide
Mon -- 06:07 AM EDT Sunrise
Mon -- 12:01 PM EDT -0.33 feet Low Tide
Mon -- 04:42 PM EDT Moonset
Mon -- 06:00 PM EDT 5.32 feet High Tide
Mon -- 08:13 PM EDT Sunset
Tide / Current data from XTide NOT FOR NAVIGATION
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|Holden Beach |
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Mon -- 04:00 AM EDT Moonrise
Mon -- 04:49 AM EDT 4.66 feet High Tide
Mon -- 06:07 AM EDT Sunrise
Mon -- 11:04 AM EDT -1.17 feet Low Tide
Mon -- 04:42 PM EDT Moonset
Mon -- 05:24 PM EDT 5.29 feet High Tide
Mon -- 08:12 PM EDT Sunset
Mon -- 11:38 PM EDT -1.16 feet Low Tide
Tide / Current data from XTide NOT FOR NAVIGATION
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Wind Forecast for Wilmington, NC (13,3,4,5)(on/off)  Help
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