Wednesday, March29, 2017

Marine Weather and Tides
Columbia, SC

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Sunrise 7:12AMSunset 7:44PM Wednesday March 29, 2017 6:59 AM EDT (10:59 UTC) Moonrise 7:28AMMoonset 8:38PM Illumination 4% Phase: Waxing Crescent; Moon at 2 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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7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Columbia, SC
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Area Discussion for - Columbia, SC
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area forecast discussion
national weather service columbia sc
407 am edt Wed mar 29 2017

High pressure ridge will build southwest across the carolinas
today then move off the east coast Thursday. Moisture will
return Thursday with a chance of showers, especially in the
csra. A warm front will move through the area early Friday
followed by a cold front late. Numerous showers and
thunderstorms are expected Friday. It will be slightly cooler
Thursday and Friday with unsettled conditions but warmer and
drier over the weekend.

Near term /until 6 pm this evening/
Early this morning... A weak cold front has pushed south through
the area and will stall near the csra. Mostly clear skies will
continue overnight with light winds. Low temperatures are on
track to drop into the middle 50s.

Today... Ridging aloft and at the surface will dominate the
pattern today providing dry weather with mostly sunny skies.

Despite northeasterly low level winds, the airmass will
moderate quickly behind the frontal boundary. Subsidence
combined with nearly full insolation will promote above normal
temperatures, in the lower 80s.

Short term /6 pm this evening through Thursday night/
Frontal boundary will remain just off to the south of the
forecast area tonight, then will begin to move northward as a
warm/moist front Thursday. Clouds will begin to increase through
the night tonight as moisture begins to lift over the old front.

Weak isentropic lift and low-level moisture flux increases more
on Thursday, and rain chances will be on the increase from south
to north as the day progresses. Moisture will ride over a weak
surface wedge north of the front, which will be retreating through
the day. With the expected clouds and rain, it's possible it
may be cooler during the afternoon in the csra than pee dee or
east midlands. Stayed close to current temperature forecast.

Warm front will lift further north during the evening and
overnight hours Thursday night. There remains some potential
for a few thunderstorms late Thursday night.

Long term /Friday through Tuesday/
Models have the main cold front and upper level trough moving
through the area on Friday. Timing of the front may not coincide
with peak heating, especially over the western counties. Better
chance for strong thunderstorms will exist in the early
afternoon across the east. By late afternoon, moisture and
instability will be moving out of the area as the front pushes
through. SPC has region in an enhanced risk of severe
thunderstorms for Friday. Behind the front, dry conditions will
move in for the weekend as ridge builds over the area. Another
system will approach from the west on Monday, which will help to
bring another chance for showers and thunderstorms to the
region. Temperatures remain above normal.

Aviation /08z Wednesday through Sunday/
High confidence inVFR conditions throughout the 24-hr taf

The weak frontal boundary has slipped south of the area with
surface winds becoming north-northeasterly. Skies will remain
mostly clear overnight. Fog potential is low given drier airmass
and 20 knot low level jet. Ridging will dominate the area today
promoting dry weather. Clouds and moisture will increase late
tonight ahead of the next approaching system.

Extended aviation outlook... Restrictions likely in showers and
thunderstorms Thursday through Friday night as an cold front
crosses the region.

Cae watches/warnings/advisories
Ga... None.

Sc... None.

Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
LMFS1 - Lake Murray SC 20 mi39 min Calm G 0 59°F 1015.6 hPa
WATS1 - Lake Wateree, SC 24 mi29 min Calm G 1.9 51°F

Airport Reports
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AirportDistAgeWind ktVisibilitySky/WeatherTempDewPtHumidityPressure
Columbia - Jim Hamilton L.B. Owens Airport, SC6 mi66 minN 010.00 miFair56°F53°F90%1015.5 hPa
McEntire Air National Guard Weather Facility Base, SC9 mi2 hrsN 010.00 miFair62°F50°F67%1015 hPa
Columbia, Columbia Metropolitan Airport, SC13 mi2.1 hrsW 310.00 miFair55°F51°F87%1014.6 hPa
Winnsboro/Fairfield County Airport, SC23 mi64 minNNE 610.00 miFair61°F50°F68%1015.6 hPa
Shaw Air Force Base, SC23 mi61 minN 410.00 miFair59°F49°F70%1014.5 hPa

Wind History from CUB (wind in knots)
Last 24hrCalmCalmSW4S7SW7W8W13
1 day agoCalmCalmS3S5------W10S11SW8W8NW6CalmCalmCalmSE4S9S8S6S6S6S6S3Calm
2 days agoCalmCalmSE3SE4S7S7S9

Tide / Current Tables for Pimlico, West Branch, Cooper River, South Carolina
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Wed -- 12:31 AM EDT     2.14 feet High Tide
Wed -- 07:11 AM EDT     Sunrise
Wed -- 07:30 AM EDT     -0.73 feet Low Tide
Wed -- 08:24 AM EDT     Moonrise
Wed -- 01:03 PM EDT     2.00 feet High Tide
Wed -- 07:38 PM EDT     Sunset
Wed -- 07:46 PM EDT     -0.82 feet Low Tide
Wed -- 09:33 PM EDT     Moonset
Tide / Current data from XTide NOT FOR NAVIGATION
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Tide / Current Tables for Jamestown Bridge, Santee River, South Carolina
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Jamestown Bridge
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Wed -- 01:38 AM EDT     1.38 feet High Tide
Wed -- 07:10 AM EDT     Sunrise
Wed -- 08:22 AM EDT     Moonrise
Wed -- 10:09 AM EDT     -0.20 feet Low Tide
Wed -- 02:06 PM EDT     1.28 feet High Tide
Wed -- 07:37 PM EDT     Sunset
Wed -- 09:32 PM EDT     Moonset
Wed -- 10:27 PM EDT     -0.23 feet Low Tide
Tide / Current data from XTide NOT FOR NAVIGATION
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Weather Map and Satellite Images
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Wind Forecast for Columbia, SC (6,6,7,8)
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Ground Weather Radar Station Columbia, SC
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