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|Sunrise 6:20AM||Sunset 7:57PM||Sunday April 30, 2017 10:51 AM EDT (14:51 UTC)||Moonrise 9:15AM||Moonset 11:36PM||Illumination 21%|
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|AMZ250 Coastal Waters From Surf City To Cape Fear Nc Out 20 Nm- 1046 Am Edt Sun Apr 30 2017 |
.small craft advisory in effect from Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning...
Rest of today..S winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 ft.
Tonight..S winds 10 to 15 kt...increasing to 15 to 20 kt after midnight. Seas 3 to 4 ft.
Mon..S winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft.
Mon night..SW winds 20 to 25 kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Seas 5 to 7 ft. Showers and tstms likely.
Tue..W winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 5 to 7 ft... Subsiding to 3 to 5 ft in the afternoon. A slight chance of showers and tstms.
Tue night..W winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft.
Wed..NE winds 10 kt...becoming se. Seas 2 to 3 ft.
Thu..SE winds 15 to 20 kt...becoming S 20 to 25 kt. Seas 4 to 6 ft...building to 5 to 7 ft. A chance of showers and tstms through the day...then showers and tstms likely through the night. Winds and seas higher in and near tstms.
|AMZ200 1046 Am Edt Sun Apr 30 2017 |
Synopsis for coastal waters from surf city north carolina to south santee river south carolina out to 20 nautical miles.. High pressure will extend across the area waters from offshore through early Monday. A cold front will bring small craft advisory conditions Monday into Tuesday. High pressure and calmer marine conditions will follow late Tuesday into Wednesday. Approaching low pressure and its associated cold front will bring higher winds and seas and the possibility for small craft advisory conditions beginning Thursday.
7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Kure Beach, NCHourly EDIT Help
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
623 am edt Sun apr 30 2017
High pressure will extend across the area from offshore through
early Monday with warm and humid conditions continuing. A cold
front will bring a likelihood of showers and thunderstorms late
Monday into early Tuesday. High pressure will follow for the
mid-week period. A low pressure system will impact the region
Thursday into Friday amd may bring widespread showers and
thunderstorms and heavy rain.
Near term /through tonight/
As of 300 am Sunday... Light southerly flow continues with very
humid air mass over the area this morning. Winds slightly lower
than last night has allowed for some patchy fog. Moisture
profiles show a shallow saturated level once again below 1k ft.
Looking around at obs, many sites to the south and west of local
area were reporting decks of stratus right around 800 to 900
ft. Have included several hours of these low clouds into the
morning before they lift leaving some strato CU and cirrus
around this afternoon. Overall expect a fair amount of sunshine
this afternoon. Temps early morning will remain right around 70
degrees which will jump start the temps to continue well above
normal temps for today. Should see MAX temps in the mid 80s most
places. Although the temps will be running several degrees
above normal today, records will be tough to beat most places
except perhaps for north myrtle beach.
Record MAX temps around the area for today
wilmington 92 set in 1974
north myrtle beach 83 set in 2007
florence 94 set in 1981
have included a brief period of very slight chc pops west of
i-95 this afternoon as the upper ridge begins to slip east
losing the strong cap aloft. A deep trough will drive a cold
front toward the carolinas by Monday morning. Although the front
remains well west at the end of the this period, the gradient
will tighten and expect increasing winds through tonight. All
pcp associated with the cold front will hold off until Monday.
Soundings continue to show very shallow moisture in place once
again tonight but dewpoint temps seem a bit lower so not as
confident. Overnight temps will once again remain a good 10
degrees above normal in a unseasonably warm and humid air mass.
Short term /Monday through Tuesday night/
As of 300 am Sunday... Chances for convection increase on Monday
as a cold front moves east across the coastal carolinas as an
upper trough transits across eastern conus. High pressure over
the western atlantic will retreat east as the cold front
approaches, with spotty late afternoon convection increasing
into the likely category from west to east Monday evening as the
front moves across the forecast area. A consensus of guidance
has the precip well offshore by daybreak on Tuesday. Post-
frontal airmass is very dry and a bit cooler. Steady SW flow in
advance of the front will maintain above-normal temperatures on
Monday, with highs in the lower to mid 80s and lows in the lower
to 60s. Tuesday will be a bit cooler although still above
normal, with highs of around 80 and lows in the upper 50s and
Long term /Wednesday through Saturday/
As of 315 pm Saturday... High pressure will remain in place
Wednesday with slightly warmer temperatures but continued dry
weather before it shifts offshore Thursday. This occurs in
response to a deep mid-level trough digging into the middle of
the country and then evolving across the eastern CONUS into the
There exists two distinct camps in the guidance: the GFS has
this low cutting off and dropping southeast through the end of
the period. The cmc/ecm have a similar pattern initially to the
gfs, but the upper low drifts north before cutting off over the
northeast. The biggest difference between the guidance appears
to be the evolution of the ridge across the middle of the
country. The cmc/ecm keep the ridge axis aligned n/s, while the|
gfs produces a more tilted ne/sw ridge which suppresses the
upper low. The agreement between the ecm/cmc tends to favor that
solution a bit more, despite the fact that the GFS has been
consistent and we had a similar setup just last week so there is
precedent. The evolution of this upper pattern is critical
because, while all scenarios support showers and thunderstorms
late Thursday and Friday, the cmc/ecm would dry things out for
the weekend, while the GFS would maintain unsettled and possibly
very wet weather for several days. Without a clear solution at
this time range, will hedge with a wpc favored blend of guidance
but with a bit more weight on the drier ecm by the weekend.
This would also bring much cooler temperatures to the region
fri/sat with highs and lows falling below climo.
Aviation /12z Sunday through Thursday/
As of 12z... Once again main concern is stratus deck or lack
thereof, especially for our inland terminals this morning. High
clouds makes it difficult to judge extent of stratus on
satellite loops but most inland sites are observing stratus from
0.4 to 1.0 kft. Will initialize lbt and flo with ifr CIGS this
am, lifting in a couple of hours. Otherwise goingVFR through
the daylight hours, with the possibility of a return to stratus
Extended outlook... Periods of ifr/MVFR conditions are possible
in showers and thunderstorms late Monday into early Tuesday.
Near term /through tonight/...
as of 300 am Sunday... Southerly return flow will continue around
high pressure well offshore. Expect winds 10 to 15 kts today
with an uptick due to sea breeze in the aftn where gusts could
reach over 20 kts. By tonight the gradient will tighten as a
cold front nears the carolinas from the west. Expect winds to
increase up to 15 to 20 kts with higher gusts after midnight.
This will drive seas up from 2 to 3 ft today to 3 to 5 ft after
midnight and could possibly see a few 6 fters by Mon morning.
Precautionary conditions will exist after midnight tonight with
a small craft advisory launched for after this period.
Short term /Monday through Tuesday night/...
as of 300 am Sunday... Increasing SW flow in advance of the next
cold front has prompted the issuance of a small craft advisory
for Monday afternoon and night. By Monday night seas will have
built to 4 to 7 ft, although winds may slacken in the pre-dawn
hours of Tuesday as the front makes its close approach to the
waters. Expect SCA to be short- lived as post frontal surge will
be modest and offshore, with seas decaying back before 6 ft by
Long term /Wednesday through Thursday/...
as of 315 pm Saturday... A secondary surge flips winds around to
the NW by Wednesday at less than 10 kts. As the high shifts
offshore into Thursday, southerly winds will ramp up quickly
becoming 15-25 kts, driving seas back to 4-7 ft after being just
2-3 ft much of Wednesday. An SCA will likely be needed
beginning late in the extended.
Marine... Small craft advisory from noon Monday to 8 am edt Tuesday for
near term... Rgz
short term... Rek
long term... Jdw
Weather Reporting StationsEDIT (on/off)  Help NOTE: Click on distance to see the station location on a map
|Stations||Dist||Age||Wind||Air Temp||Water Temp||Waves||Pressure||DewPt|
|NOXN7 - North Carolina Reserve, NC||14 mi||67 min||SW 7||78°F||1024 hPa||73°F|
|41110 - Masonboro Inlet, NC||17 mi||53 min||72°F||2 ft|
|41038 - ILM2 - 5 miles SE of Wrightsville Beach, NC||17 mi||44 min||SSW 7.8 G 9.7||74°F||71°F||1023.5 hPa|
|41108||17 mi||35 min||73°F||3 ft|
|WLON7||19 mi||52 min||77°F||72°F||1023.3 hPa (+1.1)|
|JMPN7 - 8658163 - Johnny Mercer Pier, Wrightsville Beach, NC||19 mi||52 min||S 9.9 G 11||73°F||71°F||1022.6 hPa (+1.0)|
|SSBN7||30 mi||82 min||2 ft|
|41024 - Sunset Nearshore (SUN 2)||30 mi||44 min||S 5.8 G 7.8||74°F||73°F||1023.3 hPa|
|41037 - ILM3 - 27 miles SE of Wrightsville Beach, NC||31 mi||44 min||S 9.7 G 16||75°F||73°F||1023.4 hPa|
|41013 - Frying Pan Shoals, NC Buoy||38 mi||92 min||S 12 G 14||76°F||74°F||1023.6 hPa||71°F|
Wind History for Wrightsville Beach, NC(wind in knots) EDIT (on/off)  Help
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|Brunswick County Airport, NC||7 mi||52 min||S 7||10.00 mi||Overcast||77°F||71°F||83%||1023.7 hPa|
|Wilmington International Airport, NC||22 mi||59 min||S 12 G 18||10.00 mi||Mostly Cloudy||78°F||71°F||79%||1023.4 hPa|
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|Federal Point |
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Sun -- 12:02 AM EDT 4.95 feet High Tide
Sun -- 06:23 AM EDT Sunrise
Sun -- 06:29 AM EDT -0.06 feet Low Tide
Sun -- 10:15 AM EDT Moonrise
Sun -- 12:39 PM EDT 4.21 feet High Tide
Sun -- 06:32 PM EDT 0.07 feet Low Tide
Sun -- 07:54 PM EDT Sunset
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|Bald Head |
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Sun -- 05:38 AM EDT -0.07 feet Low Tide
Sun -- 06:23 AM EDT Sunrise
Sun -- 10:15 AM EDT Moonrise
Sun -- 11:50 AM EDT 4.70 feet High Tide
Sun -- 05:41 PM EDT 0.09 feet Low Tide
Sun -- 07:55 PM EDT Sunset
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Wind Forecast for Wilmington, NC (10,2,3,4)(on/off)  Help
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