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|Sunrise 6:45AM||Sunset 6:01PM||Thursday February 22, 2018 5:32 AM EST (10:32 UTC)||Moonrise 10:58AM||Moonset 12:00AM||Illumination 46%|
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|AMZ250 Coastal Waters From Surf City To Cape Fear Nc Out 20 Nm- 313 Am Est Thu Feb 22 2018 |
Today..S winds 10 kt. Seas 3 ft. Areas of fog this morning.
Tonight..S winds 10 kt, becoming sw after midnight. Seas 3 ft. Patchy fog.
Fri..S winds 10 kt. Seas 3 ft. Areas of fog.
Fri night..SW winds 10 kt. Seas 3 ft. Patchy fog.
Sat..SW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 ft. A slight chance of showers.
Sat night..SW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft, building to 3 to 4 ft after midnight.
Sun..SW winds 15 to 20 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft. A chance of showers through the night.
Mon..NE winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft. A chance of showers through the day.
|AMZ200 313 Am Est Thu Feb 22 2018 |
Synopsis for coastal waters from surf city north carolina to south santee river south carolina out to 20 nautical miles.. Bermuda high pressure will remain anchored offshore, sustaining light to moderate southerly winds through the period. Each afternoon will feature gustier winds near-shore, due to the sea breeze. Patchy dense sea fog is possible through Saturday morning. A weak cold front will cross the coast late Sunday or early Monday.
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Area Discussion for - Wilmington, NC  (on/off)  Help NOTE: mouseover dotted underlined text for definition
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area forecast discussion
national weather service wilmington nc
340 am est Thu feb 22 2018
Bermuda high pressure will remain anchored offshore through
Sunday. Springlike weather with unseasonably warm temperatures
will continue until a cold front arrives Monday morning. This
front should bring a shot of rain to the area, followed by
temperatures returning to near normal for the middle of next
Near term through tonight
As of 300 am Thursday... Dense fog advisory until 10 am. Much of
the same for the forecast through tonight as bermuda ridge
remains offshore. This will produce a warm and humid southerly
return flow across the area while maintaining plenty of
subsidence and dry air aloft. The very shallow moisture will
once again carry areas of fog through the morning commute
lifting by mid morning with only some strato CU left by late
morning. Subsidence inversion holds around 4-5k ft and therefore
do not count any showers with strato CU mainly between 3500 to
5k ft this afternoon.
Temperatures will once again cruise into the 70s reaching around
80 most places except for the beaches which will experience a
cooler sea breeze. Records are once again poised to be broken
with wilmington record of 78 in 2003, florence 80 in 1990,
north myrtle beach 75 in 2007 and lumberton 78 in 2003.
Going with persistence again tonight will lead to areas of fog
with some patchy dense fog developing through the early morning
hours. Any nocturnal showers over the waters will be spotty at
best and therefore do not count on any brushing up over the
land. Overnight lows will drop to between 55 and 60 most
Short term Friday through Saturday night
As of 300 am Thursday... Upper ridge and sfc ridging will continue to
be the main features controlling the area's weather this period.
Friday will basically be a persistence fcst based on the previous
several days. However, Saturday will begin to see the upper ridge
flatten somewhat along with the magnitude of the sfc ridging retreat
back to the east. Successive mid-level short waves will keep trying
to erode the upper ridging as they remain well west but just north
of the fa during sat. Have increased Sat pops to a low chance across
inland counties and have them becoming more isolated across the
coastal counties. For sat, clouds and possible pcpn may shave off
several degrees from the days progged highs but nevertheless, this
period's MAX min temp fcst will continue to run an amazingly 20
degrees above normal, in feb no less!! Have hit the land fog hard
Friday night but not as hard Sat night due to cloudiness. Sea fog
could partially move onshore Friday thru Sat and will continue with
prefixing the sea fog with patchy except areas for a few hrs Friday
Long term Sunday through Wednesday
As of 300 pm Wednesday... The record-breaking upper level ridge
should retrograde back into the gulf of mexico and across
florida by Saturday. An upper disturbance across the plains
states should damp out as it moves east into the ridge Sunday
and Monday, but should still knock heights down enough to allow
deep moisture pulled off the western gulf of mexico to reach
the area Sunday night through Monday.
Bermuda high pressure at the surface will remain off the
carolina coast through Sunday while continuing to advect an
unseasonably warm and humid airmass into the area. A few record
high temperatures will be possible again Saturday and Sunday.
Sunday's record high of 79 in florence looks particularly
By Sunday, increasing moisture ahead the front and the
disappearance of the subsidence inversion should spread these
showers chances down to the coast as well. The front itself
should cross the area Monday morning, finally pushing the
tropical airmass out of the area. Long-range models show rain
chances peaking behind the front Monday morning as a ~12 hour
period of isentropic lift overrunning the frontal surface
develops aloft. Once the front pushes down into georgia the
drier, cooler air from the north should become deep enough to
dry our weather back out, with more seasonable temperatures|
expected for Tuesday and Wednesday.
It's interesting to note that the tremendous negative temperature
departures we rang up in early january (15-25 degrees below
normal for seven consecutive days) will almost be cancelled out
by the exceptional warmth we're experiencing now (february
20-25). Since december's temperatures averaged near normal, it's
likely the meteorological winter of 2017-2018 will go down in
the record books as "near normal" for average temperature...
despite the roller coaster ride we've been on seeming anything
Aviation 06z Thursday through Monday
As of 06z... Fog developing across the area will lead the way to lifr
vsbys in fog with vertical vsbys up to 200 to 300 ft mainly between
07z and 13z. Shortly after sunrise lifr fog will lift, and ifr MVFR
vsbys and CIGS will improver by 15z across most terminals, leaving
some mainlyVFR strato CU across the area this afternoon with plenty
of dry air and subsidence through the mid levels. Soundings show
potential for some sct to bkn clouds between 3500 and 5k this
afternoon. A light southerly return flow up to 5 to 10 kts in the
aftn will persist as bermuda high remains in place.
Extended outlook... Morning ifr br possible through Sat am. Showers
and MVFR conditions possible Sunday through Monday, drying
Near term through tonight ...
as of 300 am Thursday... Bermuda high pressure remains in control
with warm and humid light southerly flow mainly 10 kts or so.
This will once again produce areas of fog over the cooler shelf
waters overnight. Have issued a marine weather statement for
patchy dense fog across the waters through the morning. Seas
will remain right around 3 ft most waters.
Short term Friday through Saturday night ...
as of 300 am Thursday... Models indicate the re-positioning of the
sfc ridge axis extending from the high's center, slightly southward
each day. This will result in a slight veering of the winds to a
more southerly direction Fri and a ssw-sw direction for sat. The sfc
pg will remain somewhat relaxed on Fri and begin to slightly tighten
during sat. Thus will go with around 10 kt speeds Fri and 10-15 kt
for sat. Significant seas will run 2 to 3 ft or around 3 ft Fri into
sat. During this time, the ese ground swell at 9+ second periods
will dominate. For late sat, 4 to 5 second period wind waves will
begin to influence the sig. Seas, resulting in 4 footers possible l
ate sat. Sea fog will be hit hardest on fro of the 2 days. As winds
veer to a SW direction, this will cut down on the fetch for the fog
to develop. The local waters from CAPE fear south to little river
inlet, this coastal configuration will see the best chance for the
fog to reach the immediate coast.
Long term Sunday through Monday ...
as of 300 pm Wednesday... Unseasonably well-defined bermuda high
pressure will maintain a south-southwesterly wind across the
waters Sunday. The approach of a cold front from the west Sunday
should accelerate winds to around 20 knots during the day.
There's at least a chance conditions could reach small craft
advisory criteria. The front should finally cross the area early
Monday morning with a shift to northerly winds. Weak high
pressure to our north is expected to push the front down into
florida Monday night.
Ilm watches warnings advisories
Sc... Dense fog advisory until 10 am est this morning for scz017-023-
Nc... Dense fog advisory until 10 am est this morning for ncz087-096-
Near term... Rgz
short term... Dch
long term... Tra
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|Stations||Dist||Age||Wind||Air Temp||Water Temp||Waves||Pressure||DewPt|
|JMPN7 - 8658163 - Johnny Mercer Pier, Wrightsville Beach, NC||22 mi||44 min||SSW 6 G 7||62°F||55°F||1031.5 hPa|
|41110 - Masonboro Inlet, NC||24 mi||33 min||58°F||3 ft|
|41038 - ILM2 - 5 miles SE of Wrightsville Beach, NC||24 mi||84 min||W 1.9 G 3.9||60°F||59°F||1030.8 hPa|
|WLON7||29 mi||44 min||60°F||59°F||1031 hPa|
|41037 - ILM3 - 27 miles SE of Wrightsville Beach, NC||33 mi||84 min||S 7.8 G 14||69°F||65°F||1031 hPa|
|41159||34 mi||32 min||69°F||4 ft|
|41064||34 mi||84 min||S 9.7 G 12||71°F||69°F||1031.1 hPa|
|BFTN7 - 8656483 - Beaufort, NC||48 mi||44 min||SW 2.9 G 5.1||64°F||59°F||1031.6 hPa|
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|MCAS New River, NC||18 mi||2.6 hrs||N 0||6.00 mi||Fog/Mist||65°F||64°F||97%||1031.1 hPa|
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Thu -- 05:47 AM EST 0.06 feet Low Tide
Thu -- 06:47 AM EST Sunrise
Thu -- 10:57 AM EST Moonrise
Thu -- 11:47 AM EST 3.49 feet High Tide
Thu -- 05:51 PM EST -0.24 feet Low Tide
Thu -- 05:59 PM EST Sunset
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|New Topsail Inlet |
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Thu -- 06:47 AM EST Sunrise
Thu -- 06:48 AM EST 0.04 feet Low Tide
Thu -- 10:58 AM EST Moonrise
Thu -- 12:04 PM EST 2.44 feet High Tide
Thu -- 06:00 PM EST Sunset
Thu -- 06:52 PM EST -0.15 feet Low Tide
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