Thursday, March30, 2017

Marine Weather and Tides
Columbia, SC

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Sunrise 7:11AMSunset 7:45PM Thursday March 30, 2017 12:40 PM EDT (16:40 UTC) Moonrise 8:10AMMoonset 9:47PM Illumination 11% Phase: Waxing Crescent; Moon at 3 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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Fxus62 kcae 301528
area forecast discussion
national weather service columbia sc
1128 am edt Thu mar 30 2017

Moisture return, daytime heating, and a stationary front will
provide a chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon
and evening. The front will lift north as a warm front tonight
ahead of an upper trough and cold front that will move through
Friday morning, providing a continued chance of thunderstorms,
possibly severe. Drier air will enter the region behind the
departing system Friday afternoon, with high pressure building
into the mid atlantic ensuring fair weather through Sunday.

Next system to affect us Monday and provide a chance of showers
and thunderstorms.

Near term /until 7 pm this evening/
High pressure along the mid-atlantic coast ridging into the
carolinas with a stationary front over central ga. Weak
instability across the csra and southern midlands late this
morning with showers and thunderstorms developing along the
savannah river valley and south coast. Cold air damming across
the north midlands and piedmont.

Clouds breaking up from the central midlands to the csra.

The atmosphere is forecast to become moderately unstable with
lifted index values -4c to -6c and CAPE values around 1000-1500
j/kg. Hi-res models are in reasonable agreement showing
convective expanding across much of the midlands through the
afternoon. Low level shear is forecast to be 15 to 20
knots... And could be sufficient to sustain isolated severe
thunderstorms. Cold air aloft with 500mb temps around -14c and
wetbulb zero height around 10kft will support a marginal large
hail threat along with isolated damaging wind gusts. SPC has
outlooked the forecast are in a marginal risk with the slight
risk just to our west.

Still expect the most cloudiness across the north midlands with
high temperatures in the low 70s. A bit more Sun farther south
should allow temperatures to rise into the mid 70s to lower 80s
from the central midland to the csra... Depending on the amount
of sun.

Short term /7 pm this evening through 6 am Friday/
Main focus will be on thunderstorm chance and severe weather
potential tonight into Friday morning. Upper trough will move
through late tonight/Friday morning. Surface front to begin
lifting north as a warm front ahead of the approaching
system/cold front. Though some diurnal stabilization expected,
sufficient instability combined with considerable shear
expected to provide a severe threat. SPC has our fa in a mrgl
to slgt risk of severe. Cold front to move through by Friday
afternoon, with drier air filtering into the region. Breezy
conditions possible Friday afternoon.

Long term /Friday through Wednesday/
Upper ridge will shift into the SE CONUS sat/sun, while surface
high builds into the mid atlantic, ensuring fair weather for
our fa. Gfs/ec indicate next upper trough/surface front and
moisture return to provide a chance of showers and thunderstorms
mon/mon nt into Tue time frame, with another system possible
late in the forecast period or just beyond.

Aviation /15z Thursday through Monday/
Widespread MVFR CIGS across the TAF sites are forecast to
improve toVFR this afternoon. However... Convection now
affecting the csra expected to increase across the midlands taf
sites this afternoon as instability increases. Have included a
tempo group for thunder at each site.

Restrictions should return overnight with low clouds
redeveloping at least at cae/cub as wedge conditions try to
develop before a strong upper level system arrives towards
morning Friday which will bring another chance for showers and
storms. Did not mention thunder at this time for the second
round of convection as there is some uncertainty it will impact

Extended aviation outlook... Restrictions possible in showers
and thunderstorms Friday and on Monday as cold fronts cross the

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 mi20 min E 7 G 9.9 70°F 1016.3 hPa
WATS1 - Lake Wateree, SC 24 mi70 min ESE 6 G 11 65°F

Airport Reports
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AirportDistAgeWind ktVisibilitySky/WeatherTempDewPtHumidityPressure
Columbia - Jim Hamilton L.B. Owens Airport, SC6 mi47 minVar 610.00 miMostly Cloudy74°F60°F62%1017.2 hPa
McEntire Air National Guard Weather Facility Base, SC9 mi42 minSE 1110.00 miMostly Cloudy75°F62°F64%1017.4 hPa
Columbia, Columbia Metropolitan Airport, SC13 mi1.7 hrsESE 1010.00 miOvercast71°F61°F71%1017.2 hPa
Winnsboro/Fairfield County Airport, SC23 mi45 minE 710.00 miOvercast68°F60°F78%1017.6 hPa
Shaw Air Force Base, SC23 mi42 minESE 810.00 miOvercast74°F60°F62%1017.3 hPa

Wind History from CUB (wind in knots)
Last 24hrCalmCalm54CalmNW6NW5CalmNE3Calm455SE655CalmCalmCalm--6E6SE76
1 day agoW13
2 days ago--W10S11SW8W8NW6CalmCalmCalmSE4S9S8S6S6S6S6S3CalmCalmCalmSW4S7SW7W8

Tide / Current Tables for Pimlico, West Branch, Cooper River, South Carolina
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Thu -- 01:19 AM EDT     2.18 feet High Tide
Thu -- 07:09 AM EDT     Sunrise
Thu -- 08:19 AM EDT     -0.68 feet Low Tide
Thu -- 09:07 AM EDT     Moonrise
Thu -- 01:50 PM EDT     1.95 feet High Tide
Thu -- 07:38 PM EDT     Sunset
Thu -- 08:33 PM EDT     -0.77 feet Low Tide
Thu -- 10:40 PM EDT     Moonset
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Tide / Current Tables for Jamestown Bridge, Santee River, South Carolina
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Jamestown Bridge
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Thu -- 02:26 AM EDT     1.41 feet High Tide
Thu -- 07:08 AM EDT     Sunrise
Thu -- 09:05 AM EDT     Moonrise
Thu -- 10:58 AM EDT     -0.18 feet Low Tide
Thu -- 02:54 PM EDT     1.25 feet High Tide
Thu -- 07:37 PM EDT     Sunset
Thu -- 10:40 PM EDT     Moonset
Thu -- 11:14 PM EDT     -0.21 feet Low Tide
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Weather Map and Satellite Images
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Wind Forecast for Columbia, SC (12,3,4,5)
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Ground Weather Radar Station Columbia, SC
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