Marine Weather and Tides
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10/4/2018 I have fixed XTide and updated the harmonic files. There were some name changes so you might have to click EDIT to find the new station name.
|Sunrise 7:06AM||Sunset 6:21PM||Thursday October 18, 2018 11:35 AM PDT (18:35 UTC)||Moonrise 3:25PM||Moonset 1:19AM||Illumination 68%|
7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Santa Barbara city, CAHourly EDIT Help
Area Discussion for - Los Angeles/Oxnard, CA  (on/off)  Help NOTE: mouseover dotted underlined text for definition
|Fxus66 klox 181829|
area forecast discussion
national weather service los angeles oxnard ca
1129 am pdt Thu oct 18 2018
Synopsis 18 812 am.
An offshore flow regime will bring above normal temperatures and
continued dry conditions through the rest of the week. Stronger
offshore winds are possible Friday and Saturday. A cooling trend
is expected early next week as low pressure system moves over the
Short term (tdy-sat) 18 941 am.
Light offshore flow continues this morning with low humidities.
Winds are on the light side today, mostly under 20 mph, and temps
should be near to slightly above yesterday's highs. Increasing
offshore flow still expected tonight and Friday and then
continuing into Saturday. Models have increased expected gradients
tomorrow but Saturday's are still the same so both days now have
similar gradients but the strongest winds aloft are Friday and
that's when most areas should see the strongest winds with this
event. It's still a very marginal advisory case given the expected
gradients and lack of any cold air advection so will likely hold
off issuing one until at least tonight as confidence not real high
that we'll see widespread advisory level winds. Temperatures will
be a few degrees warmer as well in most areas due to the lack of
cold air advection so highs around 90 expected in the warmer
valleys and inland coastal plain.
***from previous discussion***
while warm and breezy to windy conditions will develop on Friday,
it is still uncertain how much moisture will slip in from the
east between Friday and Sunday as the trough recenters offshore.
Model solutions shows a marginal amount of moisture slipping into
eastern los angeles county, but the timing and amounts vary.
Convective parameters tip toward adding at least chance pops with
near zero lifted index values and k-index values near 35, but
model soundings show a capping inversion. With differences in
timing, and amount of moisture and instability, pops have been
nudged up just below mentionable thresholds. There is certainly a
non-zero chance of showers and thunderstorms between Friday
afternoon and Sunday morning. Sky coverage has been increased as
well to mention partly cloudy skies for now.
Long term (sun-wed) 18 338 am.
The trough will linger into early next week over the area, while
slowly drifting east into Tuesday. Some cooling is possible as at
weak onshore flow should develop across the area, but most areas
will remain above seasonal normals for this time of year.
Ridging aloft developing over the eastern pacific ocean will
build in for middle-to-late week. A warming trend looks on tap
and was tweaked slightly to introduce a bit more warming for the
central coast. The air mass should not get too warm as the ridging
aloft is rather flat.
Aviation 18 1829z.
At 1619z at klax, there was no marine inversion.
High confidence in the current 18z TAF forecast, except moderate
confidence with possible lifr conditions at ksmx and ksbp late
tonight. For tonight, the decision was made to keep all TAF sites
clear with increasing offshore flow. However, there is still a 40
percent chance of lifr conditions later tonight at ksbp and ksmx
klax... High confidence inVFR conditions through the period.
Kbur... High confidence inVFR conditions through the period.|
Marine 18 849 am.
Outer waters... High confidence that winds will remain below small
craft advisory (sca) level winds through this weekend. There is a
30% chance that a SCA will be needed for pz676 Friday morning for
offshore winds through early afternoon hours. Mainly the eastern
portion. There will be areas of fog with visibilities less than
one nautical mile at times across coastal waters adjacent to the
central coast through this morning. There is a good chance similar
visibility issues could occur again late this evening into Friday
morning as well.
Inner waters... N of point conception from point sal to point
piedras blancas, winds should remain under SCA levels through this
weekend. For areas S of point conception... Overall winds should
remain below SCA levels through this weekend, except there will
be a 40% chance for a SCA Friday morning through early afternoon
from pt. Mugu to malibu and less likely across the san pedro
channel. There will be a 20% chance that a SCA will continue into
the afternoon and Friday evening between pt. Mugu to malibu.
Fire weather 18 907 am.
The previous fire weather watch has been upgraded to a red flag
warning, but the timing has been trimmed to only include Friday
and not Saturday.
Offshore winds will increase on Friday then slowly weaken
Saturday and Sunday. These winds will not be nearly as strong as
what occurred earlier this week, but gusts between 30 and 45 mph
are expected over los angeles and ventura counties during the
Friday peak. The moderately dry conditions currently occurring
will change little through Friday, with minimum humidities
generally between 10 and 15 percent at lower elevations.
Humidities will then increase Saturday and Sunday. As a result,
along with little to no improvement in fuel conditions leading up
to Friday, a marginal red flag warning will be issued for much of
los angeles and ventura counties for Friday, with elevated but
below critical conditions on Saturday. While this event will not
be nearly as severe as what occurred on Monday and Tuesday, it is
still a serious situation.
There will be locally gusty easterly winds (gusts of 20 to 30
mph) and dry conditions (8 to 18 percent humidities) over santa
barbara and san luis obispo counties as well, but the winds will
be weaker than their neighbors to the south. Elevated fire
conditions will persist there, but conditions should stay below
red flag thresholds.
This is a dangerous situation. The public needs to use extreme
caution with any potential fire ignition sources. Large fires
have been started by things like discarded cigarettes, campfires,
welding equipment, metallic weed wackers, and dragging trailer
Lox watches warnings advisories
Ca... Red flag warning in effect from 3 am to 10 pm pdt Friday for
zones 240-241-244>246-253-254-288-547-548. (see laxrfwlox).
Hazard potential outlook (sat-wed)
No significant hazards expected.
Public... Mw hall
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|Stations||Dist||Age||Wind||Air Temp||Water Temp||Waves||Pressure||DewPt|
|NTBC1 - Santa Barbara, CA - 9411340||1 mi||59 min||SW 5.1 G 5.1||65°F||1019.1 hPa|
|46053 - E. SANTA BARBARA - 12NM Southwest of Santa Barbara, CA||13 mi||25 min||W 3.9 G 5.8||65°F||66°F||1019 hPa||65°F|
|46217 - Anacapa Passage, CA (111)||22 mi||44 min||65°F||3 ft|
|46054 - SANTA BARBARA W 38 NM West of Santa Barbara, CA||42 mi||25 min||12 G 16||1018.6 hPa|
|46251||45 mi||65 min||67°F||3 ft|
Wind History for Santa Barbara, CA(wind in knots) EDIT (on/off)  Help
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|Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Municipal Airport, CA||7 mi||42 min||SE 5||9.00 mi||Fair||70°F||60°F||71%||1018.5 hPa|
|Santa Ynez, Santa Ynez Airport, CA||24 mi||1.7 hrs||N 0||7.00 mi||Fair||61°F||37°F||42%||1020 hPa|
Wind History from SBA (wind in knots)
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