Thursday, February22, 2018

Marine Weather and Tides
Columbia, SC

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Sunrise 6:58AMSunset 6:16PM Thursday February 22, 2018 5:57 PM EST (22:57 UTC) Moonrise 11:13AMMoonset 12:01AM Illumination 52% Phase: First Quarter Moon; Moon at 8 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 221938
area forecast discussion
national weather service columbia sc
238 pm est Thu feb 22 2018

Near record temperatures will continue through the end of the
week. High pressure centered off the coast will bring warm and
moist air into region through Saturday. A cold front will cross
the area Sunday into Monday bringing a high chance of showers.

Temperatures will remain above normal next week.

Near term through tonight
Temperatures are warming through the mid 70s to around 80 early
this afternoon after low clouds this morning have transitioned
into diurnal stratocumulus. Visible imagery showing better
clearing with deeper mixing across the piedmont and central
midlands while clouds are a bit thicker over the eastern
midlands but should also improve through the afternoon. Still
expecting near record high temperatures if clouds continue to
dissipate with highs in the lower 80s.

Another mild night expected with little change in the airmass
and upper ridge in place as well as surface high offshore
continuing to circulate warm and moist air into the region.

Stratus fog expected to redevelop overnight with overnight lows
in the 60s with potential to break more record highest minimum
temps. Confidence is a little lower in temps tonight though
given some uncertainty in the overall coverage of low clouds and
areas that do not get the clouds may radiate a bit better
resulting in cooler overnight lows and potentially more fog

Short term Friday through Saturday night
An upper ridge will remain over the region on Friday with
surface high pressure centered off the southeast coast. This
will promote another unseasonably warm day across the area.

High temperatures are forecast in the lower 80s. The upper ridge
will weaken some on Saturday and high pressure will begin to
retreat eastward a bit. Moisture will deepen some across the
area on Saturday and into Saturday night promoting a slight
chance of rain. Above normal temperatures expected once again on
Saturday with highs in the lower 80s. Overnight temperatures
will also be mild both Friday and Saturday nights, in the lower
60s. Patchy fog is expected to develop early Saturday morning,
although the low level jet is forecast to be stronger than
Friday morning.

Long term Sunday through Thursday
Low pressure over the upper great lakes region will shift into
canada on Sunday bringing a cold front into the forecast area.

Southwesterly flow will bring deep moisture into the area with
increasing chances of rain through the day Sunday and into
Monday. The best chance for rain appears to be Sunday night
through Monday evening so have continued with likely pops. The
front is expected to be off the coast by late Monday night with
high pressure building back into the area. The ECMWF is a
little slower moving the front through the area than the gfs.

Tuesday is expected to be dry with high pressure over the area.

High pressure will move off the coast on Wednesday with
moisture and the chance of rain returning to the forecast area.

Unsettled conditions will continue through the end of the work
week. Temperatures through the period will remain above normal.

Aviation 19z Thursday through Tuesday
High confidence inVFR conditions through aftn eve then expect
fog stratus to redevelop late tonight.

Southerly flow this afternoon 5 to 10 knots will diminish to
light and variable or calm after sunset with no low level jet
forecast overnight. The lack of winds aloft and expected
clearing of skies this evening after diurnal clouds dissipate
should provide good radiational cooling conditions which may
promote fog. Confidence is a bit lower in the coverage of
fog stratus and have confined possible lifr conditions to the
more favored ogb ags terminals 09z-13z. Otherwise bring in
MVFR ifr CIGS after 07z-08z. Improvement expected by 14z-15z
with a return toVFR by 17z all terminals.

Extended aviation outlook... Little change through Sunday morning
with late night morning cig vsby restrictions. Chance of showers and
associated restrictions Sunday afternoon through Monday.

On Wed feb 21st, daily record highs were set at columbia sc
(cae) and augusta ga (ags). Ags tied its all time high temp
record for the month of february of 86. Also, both cae and ags
established all time highest daily minimum temp records for the
month of feb, with 67 and 66 respectively.

For cae...

date, record high, warmest low,
2 22, 81 (2011), 58 (2017)
2 23, 82 (1962), 63 (1909)
for ags...

date, record high, warmest low,
2 22, 83 (2011), 64 (1897)
2 23, 82 (2012), 63 (1909)

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 mi38 min SSE 5.1 G 6 74°F 1027.4 hPa
WATS1 - Lake Wateree, SC 24 mi68 min ESE 5.1 G 8 78°F

Airport Reports
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AirportDistAgeWind ktVisibilitySky/WeatherTempDewPtHumidityPressure
Columbia - Jim Hamilton L.B. Owens Airport, SC6 mi65 minSSE 510.00 miA Few Clouds80°F59°F49%1028.6 hPa
McEntire Air National Guard Weather Facility Base, SC9 mi2 hrsSSW 810.00 miMostly Cloudy80°F58°F49%1029.2 hPa
Columbia, Columbia Metropolitan Airport, SC13 mi2 hrsS 910.00 miPartly Cloudy82°F62°F51%1028 hPa
Winnsboro/Fairfield County Airport, SC23 mi63 minSSE 410.00 miMostly Cloudy79°F60°F54%1028.4 hPa
Shaw Air Force Base, SC23 mi62 minSSE 410.00 miFair79°F58°F50%1028.4 hPa

Wind History from CUB (wind in knots)
Last 24hrS6CalmSE3S6S6SE4S4S5S4S5S4S4S3S3S4S7S7SW8SW65S6SE5S7SE5
1 day agoS6S4S8S6SE5S4S5--CalmCalmCalmS4S4CalmCalmS6S6S7S8S6S855SE8
2 days agoE3E3CalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmS6CalmS7S4SW6S5S6

Tide / Current Tables for Pimlico, West Branch, Cooper River, South Carolina
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Thu -- 03:10 AM EST     1.81 feet High Tide
Thu -- 06:55 AM EST     Sunrise
Thu -- 10:20 AM EST     0.21 feet Low Tide
Thu -- 11:10 AM EST     Moonrise
Thu -- 03:40 PM EST     1.60 feet High Tide
Thu -- 06:10 PM EST     Sunset
Thu -- 10:38 PM EST     -0.14 feet Low Tide
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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 -- 12:23 AM EST     -0.01 feet Low Tide
Thu -- 04:22 AM EST     1.17 feet High Tide
Thu -- 06:55 AM EST     Sunrise
Thu -- 11:08 AM EST     Moonrise
Thu -- 12:58 PM EST     0.12 feet Low Tide
Thu -- 04:46 PM EST     1.03 feet High Tide
Thu -- 06:09 PM EST     Sunset
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 (17,4,5,8)
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Ground Weather Radar Station Columbia, SC
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