Monday, May29, 2017

Marine Weather and Tides
Carolina Shores, NC

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Sunrise 6:05AMSunset 8:20PM Monday May 29, 2017 11:16 AM EDT (15:16 UTC) Moonrise 9:07AMMoonset 11:14PM Illumination 17% Phase: Waxing Crescent; Moon at 4 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- 1014 Am Edt Mon May 29 2017
Rest of today..SW winds 10 kt...increasing to 10 to 15 kt late. Seas 2 ft.
Tonight..SW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 ft. A chance of showers and tstms.
Tue..SW winds 10 kt. Seas 2 ft. A chance of showers and tstms.
Tue night..W winds 10 kt. Seas 2 ft. A chance of showers and tstms.
Wed..W winds 10 kt...becoming sw in the afternoon. Seas 2 ft. A slight chance of showers and tstms.
Wed night..SW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 ft. A chance of showers and tstms.
Thu..SW winds 10 kt. Seas 2 ft. Scattered showers and tstms through the night.
Fri..SW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Scattered showers and tstms. Winds and seas higher in and near tstms.
AMZ200 1014 Am Edt Mon May 29 2017
Synopsis for coastal waters from surf city north carolina to south santee river south carolina out to 20 nautical miles.. High pressure centered offshore will extend across the area today. A cold front will approach from the north Tuesday and then stall through much of next week...maintaining the threat for showers and Thunderstorms each day. SW winds will prevail through much of the week as high pressure off the se u.s. Coast continues its foothold across the area waters.

7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Carolina Shores, NC
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Area Discussion for - Wilmington, NC
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Fxus62 kilm 291419
area forecast discussion
national weather service wilmington nc
1019 am edt Mon may 29 2017

Today should be the hottest day of the week with temperatures in
the 90s away from the beaches. Thunderstorms may return tonight
and Tuesday ahead of a cold front. This front should stall
across the area Wednesday and Thursday, returning north again on

Near term through tonight
As of 1030 am Monday... No changes necessary to the forecast with
the mid morning update. 06 utc and hourly guidance from high
resolution models still show any chances for convection this
evening. Previous discussion follows:
a strong round of convection last night
beneath a mid-level impulse has moved offshore, with a surface
trough exiting the coast this morning. While mid and high level
debris cloudiness will again scatter through the sky this morning,
subsidence behind the departing impulse and increasingly dry air
behind the convection will create a hot but sunny memorial day
across the area.

Elongated high pressure which has been stretched along the gulf
coast for days now, will recenter offshore today in response to mid-
level ridging blossoming up the southeast coast. This thickness
advection will push the strongest band of mid-level westerlies NW of
the area at least through this evening, and the combination of
subsidence beneath this along with the factors mentioned above will
create a hot and dry day. Today is forecast to be the hottest day of
this stretch, with widespread 90s forecast even right to the beaches
as westerly wind pins the sea breeze at least into the late aftn.

However, drier air aloft noted on soundings will allow for the
dewpoints to mix out, and thus have kept all heat index values just
below 100 degrees today - but still the hottest so far of 2017.

Guidance is in very good agreement that a vorticity impulse rotating
sw to NE around the ridge will spawn another round of convection
this evening W SW of the area, and then push NE into the cwa. Most
of this activity is forecast to occur tonight, but forecast soundings
suggest considerable MUCAPE of 1000-15000 j kg of MUCAPE above the
nocturnal inversion along with 35-40 kts of 0-6 km shear. This will
likely manifest as increasingly organized convection beneath the mid-
level impulse, and another MCS with the potential for strong winds
and hail may move across the area tonight. Inland locations may have
the best chance with this setup, but have carried chc pop for nearly
the entire CWA tonight. Any convection will move offshore before the
end of this period, leaving drier conditions and mins a degree or
two either side of 70.

Short term Tuesday through Wednesday night
As of 300 am Monday... 500 mb high pressure will move farther
offshore Tuesday and Wednesday to near bermuda. Upper level low
pressure will dig a trough across the great lakes. In between
these two systems will be a flow of mid to upper level moisture
originating from the western gulf of mexico streaming northeastward
across the carolinas. This moisture should remain overhead
Tuesday, but will thin out below 600 mb on Wednesday.

Tuesday appears to have favorable conditions for convection,
perhaps arriving in two rounds. The first could be ongoing as
the Sun rises Tuesday morning as the last in a series of Monday
night vort maxes pass overhead. After a lull in the late
morning through early afternoon hours, another round of
convection should develop during the mid to late afternoon hours
with the arrival of a second vort max. Forecast pops have been
bumped up to 40-60 percent, highest just inland from the coast
where seabreeze convergence should exist. Model forecast CAPE as
large as 3000 j kg will coexist with weaker mid-level winds than
we've seen the past couple of days. Despite the good buoyancy
the organized severe weather threat is overall not as high as we
saw yesterday or today.

A weak cold front sinking southward from the mid-atlantic region
will settle into the area Wednesday morning. Any northwest winds
behind the front will be fleeting as Wednesday afternoon's
seabreeze should send the boundary back to the north. A cooler
and much drier lower atmosphere will make it harder to generate
showers and storms Wednesday and our forecast pops are only 20
percent. Forecast highs are in the upper 80s both days, with
nighttime lows in the upper 60s to near 70.

Long term Thursday through Sunday
As of 300 pm Sunday... Gfs ECMWF in agreement on the evolving h5
pattern in slowly migrating a broad but low amplitude trough
eastward across the great lakes and ohio valley then into
new england and SE canada this period, while holding an upper
ridge of varying amplitude over florida and the bahamas. This
will allow a series of weak fronts and upper disturbances to
move to our coasts, offering daily chances of thunderstorms.

Late may early june heating coupled with pwats values between
1.50-1.80", and numerous surface boundaries, will support
convection much of the extended forecast period. Next weekend
potentially could turn wet, as enhancement of column moisture is
drawn from the gulf of mexico by low pressure over texas on
Saturday, tracking to the ohio valley during Sunday. With the
abundance of clouds, daytime temperatures will run near normal
for the season, middle to upper 80s, but above average minimum
temperatures in the upper 60s to low 70s.

Aviation 14z Monday through Friday
As of 12z...VFR conditions will continue through at least
sunset this evening. High pressure well offshore will provide
southwesterly winds 5-10 kt which will turn southerly 10-15 kt
along the coast this afternoon with the seabreeze. A train of
upper level disturbances will reach the area tonight, possibly
accompanied by showers and thunderstorms developing inland as
early as 01z and at the coast by 04z. Ceiling and visibility
restriction will occur beneath any of these convective cells.

Extended outlook... MVFR ifr conditions are possible in
thunderstorms Tuesday, mainly during the afternoon and evening.

More typical scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible
Wednesday through Friday.

Near term through tonight ...

as of 1030 am Monday... A very light offshore flow is still in
place with the latest buoy observations but this should be
concluding in the next couple of hours with more of a synoptic
southwest flow developing. No changes to the forecast. Previous
discussion follows:
weak trough will move offshore this morning, causing winds to
shift to the west while easing to 5-10 kts. This change will be
short lived however, as high pressure expands from the south,
winds will quickly return to the S SW and increase once again to
10-15 kts and persist at these speeds through tonight. The
exception will once again be within the near shore sea breeze
circulation, where a local backing along with gusts up to 20 kts
are forecast this aftn eve. A low amplitude SE swell will again
be masked by a 5 sec SW wind wave, and seas will become
uniformly 2-3 ft today and tonight.

Short term Tuesday through Wednesday night ...

as of 300 am Monday... 1023 mb high pressure anchored offshore
well south of bermuda will move little through the period. This
should maintain a light to moderate southwest wind across the
carolina coastal waters. A weak cold front will slide into the
area from the north Wednesday morning, however any shift to
northwesterly winds appears to be brief as the afternoon
seabreeze should push the front back inland. Seas should average
2 feet through the period.

Thunderstorms will be a concern for mariners, particularly
Tuesday and Tuesday night as models show a series of upper level
disturbances and good moisture crossing overhead. By Wednesday
the atmosphere dries out enough to hopefully make thunderstorms
more isolated in coverage.

Long term Thursday through Friday ...

as of 300 pm Sunday... Near typical summer-like marine
conditions this period as SW winds prevail with 2-3 foot seas.

High pressure will remain centered just to the SE and E of
bermuda, and weak troughing inland should maintain SW wind flow
wed to fri. The sea spectrum will be comprised of s-ssw waves
1-2 feet every 5 seconds and ese waves 1-2 feet every 8 seconds.

Tstms will be active this period, moving generally from land to
the coastal waters, and some may be strong from afternoon
heating. Getting a radar update before heading out may be in the
best interest of safely this period as we transition into a
more active lightning and TSTM wind gust season.

Ilm watches warnings advisories
Sc... None.

Nc... None.

Marine... None.

Synopsis... Tra
near term... Jdw shk
short term... Tra
long term... Mjc
aviation... Tra

Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
SSBN7 9 mi137 min 2 ft
41024 - Sunset Nearshore (SUN 2) 10 mi69 min NNW 1.9 G 3.9 77°F 76°F1013.8 hPa
MROS1 - 8661070 - Springmaid Pier, SC 27 mi47 min 1013.9 hPa
41108 34 mi30 min 77°F3 ft
WLON7 39 mi47 min 82°F 77°F1013.6 hPa
NOXN7 - North Carolina Reserve, NC 42 mi92 min NW 1 82°F 1015 hPa71°F
JMPN7 - 8658163 - Johnny Mercer Pier, Wrightsville Beach, NC 46 mi47 min NW 6 G 8 82°F 76°F1012.9 hPa
41038 - ILM2 - 5 miles SE of Wrightsville Beach, NC 48 mi69 min NW 3.9 G 5.8 77°F 76°F1013.5 hPa
41110 - Masonboro Inlet, NC 48 mi48 min 76°F2 ft

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, SC12 mi24 minN 010.00 miFair83°F68°F61%1014.4 hPa
Whiteville, Columbus County Municipal Airport, NC24 mi42 minN 010.00 miFair81°F68°F64%1013.9 hPa

Wind History from CRE (wind in knots)
Last 24hrSW12S15S13SW17SW14
1 day agoS12S13S12SW14SW17
2 days agoNW5W8W7W12

Tide / Current Tables for Sunset Beach Bridge, North Carolina
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Sunset Beach Bridge
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Mon -- 06:05 AM EDT     Sunrise
Mon -- 06:11 AM EDT     -0.49 feet Low Tide
Mon -- 10:07 AM EDT     Moonrise
Mon -- 11:55 AM EDT     4.92 feet High Tide
Mon -- 06:15 PM EDT     -0.38 feet Low Tide
Mon -- 08:18 PM EDT     Sunset
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Tide / Current Tables for Dunn Sound, north end, South Carolina
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Dunn Sound
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Mon -- 05:55 AM EDT     -0.30 feet Low Tide
Mon -- 06:05 AM EDT     Sunrise
Mon -- 10:07 AM EDT     Moonrise
Mon -- 11:55 AM EDT     4.78 feet High Tide
Mon -- 06:04 PM EDT     -0.24 feet Low Tide
Mon -- 08:18 PM EDT     Sunset
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Wind Forecast for Wilmington, NC (11,2,3,4)
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