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Carolina Beach, NC

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Sunrise 7:00AMSunset 7:06PM Sunday September 24, 2017 4:44 AM EDT (08:44 UTC) Moonrise 10:05AMMoonset 9:05PM Illumination 14% 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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AMZ250 Coastal Waters From Surf City To Cape Fear Nc Out 20 Nm- 352 Am Edt Sun Sep 24 2017
.small craft advisory in effect through Wednesday afternoon...
Today..NE winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 8 ft, building to 9 ft this afternoon.
Tonight..NE winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Seas 10 ft, building to 11 ft after midnight.
Mon..NE winds 15 to 20 kt, becoming N 20 to 25 kt in the afternoon. Seas 11 ft. A slight chance of showers in the afternoon.
Mon night..N winds 20 to 25 kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Seas 12 ft. A chance of showers.
Tue..Tropical storm conditions possible. N winds 20 to 25 kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Seas 12 ft, subsiding to 11 ft in the afternoon. A chance of showers.
Tue night..Tropical storm conditions possible.
Wed..Tropical storm conditions possible.
Wed night..NW winds 20 to 25 kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Seas 7 ft, subsiding to 5 ft after midnight. A chance of showers and tstms.
Thu..NW winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 4 ft, subsiding to 3 ft in the afternoon. A chance of showers and tstms in the morning.
Thu night..NW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 ft. Winds and seas higher in and near tstms.
AMZ200 352 Am Edt Sun Sep 24 2017
Synopsis for coastal waters from surf city north carolina to south santee river south carolina out to 20 nautical miles.. High pressure to the north will maintain northeast winds over the region today. Hurricane maria will move northward and pass offshore Monday through Wednesday. Hazardous winds and seas will continue for much of the upcoming week.

7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Carolina Beach, NC
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Area Discussion for - Wilmington, NC
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327 am edt Sun sep 24 2017

Synopsis
High pressure will maintain warm and dry weather through today.

Hurricane maria is expected to move northward a couple of
hundred miles east of CAPE fear Monday through Wednesday.

Hazardous boating conditions, strong rip currents, and high
surf are all expected to develop. A cold front is expected to
reach the area Friday, bringing cooler weather for next weekend.

Near term through tonight
As of 300 am Sunday... Forecast area will remain between mid-level
ridging over the mid-atlantic states and 5h low over the eastern
gulf coast. Meanwhile, high pressure over the eastern great lakes
region will expand south as it drifts east. Dry air aloft remains
present and combined with mid-level subsidence should once again
keep the region dry through the period. Expect to see some clouds
along the sea breeze, but the dry air will keep cumulus that
develops low topped. Varying amounts of cirrus will move across the
area today and tonight with forecast soundings suggesting the cirrus
decks will be based around 25k ft. Much of it should be thin but it
is still likely to have a small impact on temps. Highs will once
again run above climo but a degree or two cooler than sat, generally
mid 80s with a few upper 80s inland. Lows will also continue running
above climo with readings in the mid 60s for much of the area.

Short term Monday through Tuesday night
As of 300 am Sunday... All eyes will be focused on hurricane
maria, moving northward across the western atlantic on Monday.

After making some precipitous shifts westward over the past
couple of days, this morning's new model runs seem to have
stabilized on the idea of maria moving northward along 73.5-74.0
degrees west longitude which would keep the center of the
hurricane about 220 miles east of CAPE fear at its closest
approach.

The upper air pattern on Monday will feature a closed 500 mb
high over the great lakes, the bermuda ridge well offshore, and
the rapidly weakening remnant upper low of former hurricane jose
in between. As jose's low dissipates, the two ridges will
bridge together. This large "wall" of high pressure should stop
maria from accelerating out to the northeast as so many western
atlantic storms do, and instead will cause a much slower north-
northwestward motion toward the gulf stream off the carolina
coast.

Given the current track and intensity of maria, we're
forecasting N NE winds to reach 15-25 mph with some 30 mph
gusts both Monday and Tuesday, highest along the coast. Moisture
should remain fairly limited this far west of the storm's
center and we're only forecasting 20-30 percent rain chances
near the coast Monday night into Tuesday, with virtually no
chance of rain for the i-95 counties. There are still some model
ensemble tracks that would give us much higher winds and rain
chances, and this situation continues to bear watching.

Long term Wednesday through Saturday
As of 300 pm Saturday... The big question will be how far
offshore will maria stay. The latest global models continue to
show the center of maria slowing down and staying just offshore
cape hatteras middle of next week. A trough of low pressure will
pick up maria and carries it out to sea by late next week.

At the surface a cold front will move into the eastern
carolinas and offshore by Friday. Cooler temperatures and drier
air will move into the region for Saturday. At this time only a
chance of showers is expected on the western fringe of maria
during mid-week. With the best chances along the coast mainly
north of little river, sc. There will be a slight chance of
precipitation late Thursday and Friday.

High temperatures Tuesday through Thursday will be in the
middle to upper 80s but as the front approaches maximum
temperatures fall into the lower 80s Friday and the upper 70s on
Saturday. Low temperatures are expected to be in the upper 60s
to around 70 Tuesday night and Wednesday night. Lows Friday are
expected to fall into the lower to middle 60s.

Aviation 08z Sunday through Thursday
As of 05z... Development of MVFR or ifr visibility restrictions
is looking a little less likely at this point. Kltx 88d vwp
showing 20-25 kt at 1k ft and all reporting surface sites have
winds 4-7 kt. Latest guidance also shows boundary layer winds
twice as strong as last night. These factors should keep fog
from being an issue and low level dry air should be enough to
prevent development of a bkn ovc stratus deck. Thus will carry
vfr at all sites through daybreak. Skies will remain mostly
clear today with only few sct low topped cumulus along the
afternoon sea breeze coupled with thin patches of cirrus from
time to time. Northeast winds continue today with speeds in the
10 to 15 kt range this afternoon with potential for gusts along
the coast.

Extended outlook... MVFR ifr in fog and stratus possible during
the early morning hours on mon. Brief MVFR conditions may
develop at the coastal terminals as hurricane maria brings
isolated showers tue-wed as it moves n, with its center
remaining offshore. N winds may increase to 15 to 20 kt at the
coastal terminals tue-wed.

Marine
Near term through tonight ...

as of 300 am Sunday... Northeast flow will continue through the period
as surface high over the eastern great lakes builds south. The
gradient between the surface high and hurricane maria, steadily
moving north-northwest, will result in a slow but steady increase in
wind speeds through tonight. Winds increase from a solid 15 kt this
morning to 20 kt this afternoon and 20 to 25 kt overnight. Seas will
continue to increase as swell from maria continues building. Seas
currently 4 to 7 ft will build to 6 to 10 ft late in the period.

Short term Monday through Tuesday night ...

as of 300 am Sunday... All eyes will be focused on hurricane
maria, moving northward across the western atlantic on Monday.

After making some precipitous shifts westward over the past
couple of days, this morning's new model runs seem to have
stabilized on the idea of maria moving northward along 73.5-74.0
degrees west longitude which would keep the center of the
hurricane about 220 miles east of CAPE fear at its closest
approach. Assuming this track is correct and assuming the
model's depiction of maria's wind field is correct, tropical
storm-force winds could remain just outside of our coastal
waters in the CAPE fear and grand strand areas. Northeasterly
winds should back around to the north on Tuesday with wind
speeds generally in the 20-30 knot range, highest near and north
of CAPE fear. It's worth bearing mind that any significant
shift westward in maria's track would bring 35 knot winds into
the CAPE fear coastal waters.

What is completely certain is that exceptionally large swells
generated by maria will move through the coastal waters Monday
through Tuesday. Wave heights of 6-9 feet south of CAPE fear and
8-12 feet north of CAPE fear are currently in our forecast.

Peak swell periods around 14 seconds imply extremely long wave
lengths. These waves will begin to feel bottom in fairly deep
water, and breaking waves will occur miles from shore in some
spots. Breakers should occur along the entire length of frying
pan shoals even 30 miles from shore! It's situations like these
that have earned us the name "graveyard of the atlantic."
long term Wednesday through Thursday ...

as of 300 pm Saturday... Winds will shift to the northwest on
Wednesday. Seas are expected to range from 5 to 9 feet north
cape fear and drop down to 4 to 6 feet south of CAPE fear on
Wednesday, subsiding on Thursday as maria moves away from the
area.

Ilm watches warnings advisories
Sc... High rip current risk through late tonight for scz054-056.

High surf advisory until 8 pm edt Monday for scz054-056.

Nc... High rip current risk through late tonight for ncz106-108-110.

High surf advisory until 8 pm edt Monday for ncz106-108-110.

Marine... Small craft advisory until 6 pm edt Wednesday for amz250-252-
254-256.

Synopsis... Tra
near term... Iii
short term... Tra
long term... Drh
aviation... Iii
marine...



Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
NOXN7 - North Carolina Reserve, NC 9 mi59 min NE 4.1 74°F 1016 hPa73°F
41038 - ILM2 - 5 miles SE of Wrightsville Beach, NC 12 mi36 min ENE 14 G 21 76°F 79°F1015.3 hPa
41110 - Masonboro Inlet, NC 12 mi45 min 79°F6 ft
JMPN7 - 8658163 - Johnny Mercer Pier, Wrightsville Beach, NC 14 mi44 min NNE 11 G 17 74°F 81°F1014.7 hPa (-0.5)
WLON7 14 mi44 min 72°F 79°F1015.7 hPa (-0.4)
41108 22 mi44 min 80°F5 ft
41037 - ILM3 - 27 miles SE of Wrightsville Beach, NC 29 mi36 min E 18 G 23 77°F 80°F1014.6 hPa
SSBN7 33 mi104 min 2 ft
41024 - Sunset Nearshore (SUN 2) 34 mi36 min NE 9.7 G 14 73°F 80°F1015.5 hPa
41013 - Frying Pan Shoals, NC Buoy 42 mi34 min NE 18 G 23 79°F 82°F1013.9 hPa72°F

Wind History for Wrightsville Beach, NC
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Airport Reports
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AirportDistAgeWind ktVisibilitySky/WeatherTempDewPtHumidityPressure
Brunswick County Airport, NC11 mi54 minN 310.00 miPartly Cloudy71°F68°F94%1015.6 hPa
Wilmington International Airport, NC17 mi51 minNE 610.00 miFair70°F68°F93%1015.9 hPa

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Tide / Current Tables for Wilmington Beach, North Carolina
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Wilmington Beach
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Sun -- 04:39 AM EDT     0.50 feet Low Tide
Sun -- 07:01 AM EDT     Sunrise
Sun -- 11:04 AM EDT     Moonrise
Sun -- 11:09 AM EDT     5.00 feet High Tide
Sun -- 05:22 PM EDT     0.68 feet Low Tide
Sun -- 07:05 PM EDT     Sunset
Sun -- 10:05 PM EDT     Moonset
Sun -- 11:27 PM EDT     4.16 feet High Tide
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4.13.32.21.20.60.50.91.72.83.94.754.84.13.121.10.70.81.2233.74.1

Tide / Current Tables for Campbell Island, North Carolina
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Campbell Island
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Sun -- 12:09 AM EDT     4.15 feet High Tide
Sun -- 06:53 AM EDT     0.37 feet Low Tide
Sun -- 07:01 AM EDT     Sunrise
Sun -- 11:05 AM EDT     Moonrise
Sun -- 12:42 PM EDT     4.34 feet High Tide
Sun -- 07:05 PM EDT     Sunset
Sun -- 07:25 PM EDT     0.55 feet Low Tide
Sun -- 10:05 PM EDT     Moonset
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Wind Forecast for Wilmington, NC (4,6,7,8)
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