Marine Weather and Tides
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|Sunrise 6:21AM||Sunset 7:43PM||Friday August 18, 2017 9:23 AM PDT (16:23 UTC)||Moonrise 3:01AM||Moonset 5:25PM||Illumination 14%|
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|PZZ650 East Santa Barbara Channel From Pt. Conception To Pt. Mugu Ca Including Santa Cruz Island- 838 Am Pdt Fri Aug 18 2017 |
Today..Winds variable 10 kt or less...becoming sw 10 to 15 kt in the afternoon. Wind waves 2 ft or less. W swell 2 to 3 ft at 10 seconds. Patchy fog in the morning.
Tonight..W winds 10 to 15 kt in the evening...becoming variable 10 kt or less. Wind waves 2 ft or less. W swell 1 to 2 ft at 12 seconds. Patchy fog after midnight.
Sat..Winds variable 10 kt or less...becoming W 10 to 15 kt in the afternoon. Wind waves 2 ft or less. W swell 1 to 2 ft at 11 seconds. Patchy fog in the morning.
Sat night..W winds 10 to 15 kt in the evening...becoming variable 10 kt or less. Wind waves 2 ft or less. W swell 1 to 2 ft at 10 seconds.
Sun..Winds variable 10 kt or less...becoming W 10 to 15 kt in the afternoon. Wind waves 2 ft or less. W swell 1 to 2 ft at 10 seconds.
Sun night..W winds 10 to 15 kt in the evening...becoming variable 10 kt or less. Wind waves 2 ft or less. W swell 1 to 2 ft at 10 seconds.
Mon..Winds variable 10 kt or less...becoming sw 10 to 15 kt in the afternoon. Wind waves 2 ft or less. W swell 1 to 2 ft.
Tue..SW winds 10 to 15 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less. W swell 1 to 2 ft.
|PZZ600 838 Am Pdt Fri Aug 18 2017 |
Synopsis for the southern california coast and santa barbara channel including the channel islands national marine sanctuary and national park..At 15z...or 8 am pdt...a 1025 mb surface high was about 550 nm west of eureka and a 1008 mb low was near las vegas.
7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Mission Canyon, CAHourly EDIT Help
Area Discussion for - Los Angeles/Oxnard, CA  (on/off)  Help NOTE: mouseover dotted underlined text for definition
|Fxus66 klox 181130|
area forecast discussion
national weather service los angeles oxnard ca
430 am pdt Fri aug 18 2017
A weak trough of low pressure will keep the air mass on the cool
side of seasonal normals into early next week. A persistent marine
layer will continue to bring night through morning low clouds and
fog for the coastal areas, extending into the valleys over the
weekend and into next week. There is an outside chance of showers
and thunderstorms over the weekend across the higher terrain.
Short term (tdy-sun)
moderate onshore flow remains in place across the region this
morning as a weak trough of low pressure is centered over the
offshore islands this morning. Marine layer induced low clouds and
fog are struggling to form, due to warmer ocean temperatures and
the lack of a stronger marine inversion. Coverage will be patchy
at the coastal areas this morning, with a chance of some intrusion
into the lower valley areas such as the san gabriel and santa ynez
valleys. A better chance of stratus formation looks to occur over
The trough will wobble around the southern california bight into
next week. Some weakening of the trough will occur through
Saturday as 500 mb heights climb slightly, then the trough will
deepen and slowly lift out of the region around midweek next
week. Of consequence, onshore flow will weaken into Saturday, then
start to trend more strongly onshore early next week. A marine
layer depth near 1000 feet this morning should deepen through the
weekend, possibly deepening to near 2000-2500 feet by Monday. Near
persistence seems to be the best forecast for the immediate
coastal locales through the weekend and into early next week. Away
from the coast, temperatures will cool for early next week, after
a slight warm-up today and Saturday.
The instability with the trough could add a wrinkle to the
forecast through weekend and possibly into early next week. East
to southeast flow aloft could draw in some marginal moisture that
could interact with the orographic effects and the trough's
instability the next several afternoons and evenings. While low
confidence, pops have been bumped up with isolated showers and
thunderstorms added for the mountain area into Sunday, and maybe
Monday. Nam-wrf solutions put emphasis on the ventura and santa
barbara county mountains this afternoon and evening, with decent
lifted index and CAPE values, then shift to a broader focus for
the weekend. Certainly, areas to the north and south as will be
drier as models bring a marginally moist tongue into the area,
while wrapping drier air around the trough's counterclockwise
Long term (mon-thu)
a deepening marine layer should start to occur early next week as
the trough deepens and slowly lifts out of the region through
Wednesday. Night through morning drizzle cannot be ruled out for
the southland early next week as the marine layer depth will
likely deepen substantially between Monday and Wednesday. Current|
forecast keeps marine layer depths inline with 2000-2500 feet, but
a depth up to near 4000 feet between Tuesday and Wednesday would
not be shocking. A general cooling trend should be expected into
midweek next week as the trough wobbles around and creates ebbs
and flows of the marine intrusion.
Drier southwest flow aloft looks to develop for the latter half of
next week as the trough lifts out. Another weak trough of low
pressure reforms off the pacific northwest coast and a ridge of
high pressure remains centered over the southeast states. Whether
a warm-up occurs for the latter half of next week remains to be
seen as GFS model solutions are trending towards the ecmwf
solution with developing another trough along the california
Aviation 18 1130z...
at 1115z, the marine inversion at klax was based at 700 feet. The
top of the inversion was 2400 feet with a temperature of 22
Overall, low confidence in coastal tafs and high confidence in
valley desert tafs. For coastal tafs, low confidence in timing of
arrival and dissipation this morning and again tonight.
Klax... Low confidence in 12z taf. Current cig restrictions could
dissipate + - 3 hours of current 17z forecast. For tonight,
moderate confidence in return of ifr cigs, but low confidence in
timing (+ - 3 hours of current 09z forecast).
Kbur... High confidence in 12z taf.
Marine 18 200 am...
for the outer waters, high confidence in current forecast. Through
Tuesday, winds and seas are expected to remain below small craft
advisory (sca) levels.
For the inner waters, high confidence in current forecast. Winds
and seas are expected to remain below SCA levels through Tuesday.
Lox watches warnings advisories
Hazard potential outlook (sun-thu)
a high risk of rip currents exists at area beaches through the
weekend. Isolated showers and thunderstorms cannot be ruled out
for Sunday and Monday.
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|Stations||Dist||Age||Wind||Air Temp||Water Temp||Waves||Pressure||DewPt|
|NTBC1 - Santa Barbara, CA - 9411340||3 mi||54 min||E 6 G 8.9||63°F||1016.3 hPa|
|46053 - E. SANTA BARBARA - 12NM Southwest of Santa Barbara, CA||16 mi||44 min||WSW 7.8 G 7.8||62°F||66°F||1016.7 hPa||61°F|
|46217 - Anacapa Passage, CA (111)||24 mi||54 min||67°F||3 ft|
|46054 - SANTA BARBARA W 38 NM West of Santa Barbara, CA||44 mi||44 min||NW 14 G 18||61°F||61°F||1016 hPa||59°F|
|46251||48 mi||63 min||68°F||4 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||31 min||SE 7||8.00 mi||Fair||68°F||62°F||81%||1015.8 hPa|
|Santa Ynez, Santa Ynez Airport, CA||23 mi||49 min||N 0||7.00 mi||Fair||59°F||53°F||82%||1016.6 hPa|
Wind History from SBA (wind in knots)
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|Santa Barbara |
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Fri -- 02:02 AM PDT -0.30 feet Low Tide
Fri -- 03:01 AM PDT Moonrise
Fri -- 06:22 AM PDT Sunrise
Fri -- 08:38 AM PDT 4.00 feet High Tide
Fri -- 01:20 PM PDT 2.21 feet Low Tide
Fri -- 05:24 PM PDT Moonset
Fri -- 07:42 PM PDT Sunset
Fri -- 07:42 PM PDT 6.46 feet High Tide
Tide / Current data from XTide NOT FOR NAVIGATION
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|Rincon Island |
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Fri -- 02:02 AM PDT -0.42 feet Low Tide
Fri -- 03:00 AM PDT Moonrise
Fri -- 06:21 AM PDT Sunrise
Fri -- 08:33 AM PDT 4.11 feet High Tide
Fri -- 01:25 PM PDT 2.13 feet Low Tide
Fri -- 05:23 PM PDT Moonset
Fri -- 07:40 PM PDT Sunset
Fri -- 07:42 PM PDT 6.43 feet High Tide
Tide / Current data from XTide NOT FOR NAVIGATION
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Wind Forecast for Los Angeles/Oxnard, CA (12,3,4,5)(on/off)  Help
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