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Marine Weather and Tides
Wrightsville Beach, NC

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Sunrise 6:49AMSunset 6:01PM Wednesday February 20, 2019 10:08 AM EST (15:08 UTC) Moonrise 7:24PMMoonset 7:44AM Illumination 99% Phase: Waning Gibbous; Moon at 16 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- 940 Am Est Wed Feb 20 2019
.small craft advisory in effect through Thursday morning...
Rest of today..E winds 15 to 20 kt, becoming S 10 to 15 kt late. Seas 5 to 7 ft. Periods of rain late this morning and early afternoon, then a chance of rain late. Vsby 1 to 3 nm early this afternoon, decreasing to 1 nm or less.
Tonight..SW winds 10 kt. Seas 5 to 7 ft. A chance of showers, mainly in the evening.
Thu..SW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 4 to 5 ft. A chance of showers. Areas of fog.
Thu night..SW winds 10 kt, becoming nw with gusts up to 20 kt after midnight. Seas 3 to 4 ft. Areas of fog in the evening. A chance of showers.
Fri..NE winds 15 to 20 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft, building to 4 to 6 ft in the afternoon. Showers likely.
Fri night..NE winds 15 to 20 kt. Seas 4 to 6 ft. A chance of showers.
Sat..SE winds 10 to 15 kt, becoming sw. Seas 4 to 5 ft. A chance of showers through the day.
Sun..SW winds 15 to 20 kt, becoming w. Seas 4 to 6 ft. A chance of showers through the day.
AMZ200 940 Am Est Wed Feb 20 2019
Synopsis for coastal waters from surf city north carolina to south santee river south carolina out to 20 nautical miles.. A coastal front just offshore will track toward the coast, pushing onshore tonight and further inland before dissipating during Thu. A cold front dropping southward late Thu will stall across or just south of the forecast area Fri and Sat. Sun will see this front return north as a warm front, pushing across the area early in the day. The next cold front will arrive from the west Sun night.


7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Wrightsville Beach, NC
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Area Discussion for - Wilmington, NC
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Fxus62 kilm 201124
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area forecast discussion
national weather service wilmington nc
624 am est Wed feb 20 2019

Synopsis
A front will lift into coastal communities today while inland
areas remain on the cool side of the boundary. Warmer air will
move on on Thursday and again be most pronounced along the
coast. Seasonable weather Friday will give way to another warmup
over the weekend. A cold front is due later Sunday.

Near term through Thursday
As of 300 am Wednesday... A particularly difficult forecast is
shaping up for today as models are struggling to initialize the
position of the front offshore and struggling to depict the very
cold, dry low-level air across the eastern carolinas. A general rule
of thumb in these situations is that the cold wedge will last longer
than you'd think possible and that NAM typically performs much
better than the gfs. I can't find a compelling reason to think
otherwise, and this forecast is very close to the 00z NAM today
through tonight.

A developing coastal front extending from 40 miles east of
jacksonville fl out along the western edge of the gulf stream east
of CAPE fear should move westward toward the coast today. Modest 300-
305k isentropic lift over the frontal inversion across the eastern
carolinas should result in solid clouds and waves of light rain
today. Forecast rain chances range from 70-90 percent with the most
substantial QPF expected along the coast. After starting out this
morning in the upper 30s to lower 40s, temperatures should only
slowly crawl through the 40s through early afternoon. As the coastal
front reaches CAPE fear by mid-afternoon temperatures should pop
into the mid 50s in wilmington and southport. The boundary should
also make it into the grand strand area by late afternoon with
temperatures also rising into the 50s. Inland temperatures should
remain stuck in the 40s all day as there's simply no mechanism to
dislodge the cold, dense air at the surface given solid cloud cover
above.

The coastal front should become more diffuse tonight. As the parent
canadian high moves farther off the new england coast we'll lose our
connection to any influx of cold, dry air in the low levels. With no
further evaporational cooling and substantial warm advection ongoing
aloft, temperatures should remain steady or rise slightly overnight.

Thursday's forecast is no easier than today's as the NAM maintains
enough of the wedge airmass inland to produce a large temperature
gradient either side of i-95. While the bust potential is high, it
appears along the coast we'll see enough sunshine to mix up into the
subtropical air aloft with temperatures punching well into the 70s.

West of i-95 it's possible low clouds could linger all day with
temperatures stuck in the 60-65 range. Colleagues at NWS columbia
and raleigh are all on-board with this idea as well.

Short term Thursday night through Friday night
As of 300 am Wednesday... Backdoor cold front slides into the region
from the north Thursday night bringing some rain along with it
though models not in good agreement with respect to qpf. Friday into
Friday night the wedge to the north of the boundary pushes more into
the carolinas. Expect cloudy but only slightly cool conditions with
generally light rain or drizzle as very low amplitude ridging aloft
over bahamas leads to little mechanism for ascent locally.

Long term Saturday through Tuesday
As of 300 am Wednesday... High pressure wedge remains firmly
entrenched on Saturday while coastal warm front approaches. This
boundary will lift through Saturday night into Sunday allowing for
much milder air to flood into the region. A largely moisture-starved
front then moves through on Sunday, it's parent low all the way up
in the area lakes. Post-frontal high pressure to bring dry and
fairly seasonable weather Monday and Tuesday.

Aviation 12z Wednesday through Sunday
As of 12z... MVFR conditions becoming widespread as showers and low-
level moisture increase this morning. Conditions will continue to
deteriorate with all terminals expected to reach ifr, if not lifr,
later this morning. A warm front will move inland this afternoon,
ending shower chances, and possibly producing sea fog that may
affect coastal terminals. Confidence is low at the moment; models
are not handling the position and movement of the warm front very
well. Llws will develop after 00z at inland terminals, expanding
toward the coast by the end of the period. Ifr lifr conditions will
persist overnight, through the end of the period.

Extended outlook... Thursday morning ifr ceilings should lift along
the coast, but could linger through a good portion of the day
inland. The front lingering in the area could lead to more ifr
ceilings and or vsbys Friday into Saturday as another round of
overrunning rain develops.

Marine
As of 300 am Wednesday... Strong northeast winds this morning have
built seas to 8 feet at the frying pan shoals buoy and 12 feet at
the edisto buoy east of charleston. The worst of the marine weather
conditions are ongoing now, and improving winds seas are expected as
a coastal front begins to move westward toward the coast this
afternoon. Northeast winds should bend easterly around noon, then
should become light and southerly as the front moves through. Models
are not in any sort of agreement with the position or timing on the
front, but my best forecast has it reaching the CAPE fear coast
during the mid-afternoon hours, and the grand strand during the late
afternoon. The preferred model today is the 00z nam.

The front should weaken near the coast tonight with light south to
southwest winds continuing into Thursday. Subtropical moisture
creeping up the coast could lead to areas of sea fog developing
tonight into Thursday, and it's even possible some of the fog could
become dense given a favorable wind trajectory and high moisture
content of the incoming airmass.

Thursday night through Friday night... Backdoor cold front moving
south across the area Thursday night turning winds onshore and
dropping dewpoints that should bring and end to the sea fog. Mariner
problems then transition to wind and seas behind the front, both of
which could reach advisory levels. The high pushes in more Friday
night but the local change of winds and seas will be minimal and the
advisory may continue.

Saturday through Sunday... Cool air wedge breaks down Saturday
albeit somewhat gradually. Winds will be veering in direction and
abating in speed. No headlines are expected. Sunday will bring SW to
w flow around a large storm system in the great lakes. Advisory-
worth 6 ft seas could return.

Tides coastal flooding
As of 300 am Wednesday... Large tidal ranges associated with this
month's full moon will be further enhanced by strong northeast winds
this morning. The current tidal anomaly measured at gauges at
wrightsville beach and myrtle beach ranges from +1.2 to +1.4 feet.

This may begin to subside slightly by the time high tide occurs
around 745 am, but adding this anomaly to the astronomical tide
easily yields minor coastal flooding all along the coast. The most
significant flooding is expected in the myrtle beach murrells inlet
area where water should reach a solid half foot over flood stage.

This could be sufficient to make some flood-prone streets impassible
around high tide.

Minor coastal flooding will also occur during daytime high tides on
the CAPE fear river at downtown wilmington this morning and again
tomorrow.

Ilm watches warnings advisories
Sc... Coastal flood advisory until 9 am est this morning for scz054-
056.

Nc... Coastal flood advisory until 9 am est this morning for ncz106-
108-110.

Coastal flood advisory until 11 am est this morning for ncz107.

Marine... Small craft advisory until 9 pm est this evening for amz254-
256.

Small craft advisory until 7 am est Thursday for amz250-252.

Synopsis... mbb
near term... Tra
short term... mbb
long term... mbb
aviation... 21
tides coastal flooding... Tra


Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
JMPN7 - 8658163 - Johnny Mercer Pier, Wrightsville Beach, NC 0 mi39 min ENE 15 G 16 53°F 53°F1025.7 hPa
41038 - ILM2 - 5 miles SE of Wrightsville Beach, NC 6 mi121 min ENE 18 G 23 51°F 54°F1026.1 hPa
41110 - Masonboro Inlet, NC 6 mi39 min 53°F6 ft
WLON7 9 mi39 min 50°F 52°F1025.7 hPa
41037 - ILM3 - 27 miles SE of Wrightsville Beach, NC 27 mi61 min SSE 23 G 31 62°F 61°F1025.5 hPa
41108 36 mi39 min 54°F5 ft
41024 - Sunset Nearshore (SUN 2) 45 mi61 min NE 16 G 19 49°F 53°F1024.7 hPa
41064 45 mi61 min SSE 21 G 29 60°F 62°F1026.2 hPa
41159 45 mi39 min 62°F8 ft

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Airport Reports
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AirportDistAgeWind ktVisibilitySky/WeatherTempDewPtHumidityPressure
Wilmington International Airport, NC8 mi76 minNE 62.50 miLight Rain Fog/Mist45°F43°F93%1026.6 hPa
Brunswick County Airport, NC24 mi89 minNE 53.00 miDrizzle52°F51°F98%1026.1 hPa

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Tide / Current Tables for Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina
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Wrightsville Beach
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Wed -- 01:26 AM EST     -1.21 feet Low Tide
Wed -- 06:50 AM EST     Sunrise
Wed -- 07:39 AM EST     5.06 feet High Tide
Wed -- 07:43 AM EST     Moonset
Wed -- 02:04 PM EST     -1.06 feet Low Tide
Wed -- 05:59 PM EST     Sunset
Wed -- 07:24 PM EST     Moonrise
Wed -- 08:01 PM EST     4.53 feet High Tide
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Tide / Current Tables for Wilmington, North Carolina
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Wilmington
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Wed -- 04:34 AM EST     -0.73 feet Low Tide
Wed -- 06:51 AM EST     Sunrise
Wed -- 07:44 AM EST     Moonset
Wed -- 10:10 AM EST     4.95 feet High Tide
Wed -- 05:11 PM EST     -0.47 feet Low Tide
Wed -- 05:59 PM EST     Sunset
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Wed -- 10:39 PM EST     4.74 feet High Tide
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