Thursday, August17, 2017

Marine Weather and Tides
Cornelius, NC

Version 3.4
What's New / NOTES
6/25/2017 - NOAA is having a major issue that impact the 7 day forecast load times. Many users are reporting problems. The issue has been reported.
5/23/2017 - Worked with NOAA again to speed up the 7 day forecast load times. Thanks to them for being responsive.
5/19/2016 - There were issues with the 3 day airport observation history. I switched to another data source. Let me know if you see any issues with the data feeds.

Sunrise 6:43AMSunset 8:10PM Thursday August 17, 2017 8:59 PM EDT (00:59 UTC) Moonrise 1:20AMMoonset 3:47PM Illumination 19% Phase: Waning Crescent; Moon at 25 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
    EDIT      (on/off)   Help
7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Cornelius, NC
   Hourly   EDIT   Help
location: 35.45, -80.91     debug

Area Discussion for - Greenville-Spartanburg, SC
      (on/off)   Help   NOTE: mouseover dotted underlined text for definition
Fxus62 kgsp 172355
area forecast discussion
national weather service greenville-spartanburg sc
755 pm edt Thu aug 17 2017

Moist and unsettled weather will return late week and into the early
weekend, with hot and muggy conditions remaining over the area. Some
drying is favored by Sunday with a return to moist conditions by the
middle of next week.

Near term through Friday
As of 730 pm edt: convection continues to favor the nc foothills and
nw piedmont and outflow boundaries should keep the best chances over
the nc part of the fcst area E of the blue ridge escarpment this
eve. Elsewhere... We have retained CAPE values well into the moderate
range in some locations, so even the quiet areas such as upstate sc
will keep a small chance going into the mid evening. Dcape values
would support strong downbursts east of the mtns, so a few strong to
severe storms are possible into mid evening. Pw values are very
high, but cells are moving. Excessive rain potential remains low,
but could increase if training cells develop.

Otherwise, although convection dissipates later this evening,
showers may return to the mountains ahead of an approaching front.

Debris clouds and clouds associated with the approaching front may
help limit fog overnight, but some fog should develop again in the
mountain valleys and i-40 corridor. Lows will be around 5 degrees
above normal.

Heights fall from the west Friday as an upper trough approaches.

This will push a cold front into the area. The synoptic scale
guidance is not overly impressed with precip chances, but the cam
guidance is. They do agree that the best chances for convection will
be across nc with lower chances across the upstate and NE ga. Expect
a line of convection to develop across the mountains and spread se
across the area during the afternoon. Instability and dcape will
again be moderate. Shear, while not strong, will be higher than
previous days. Therefore, isolated strong to severe storms will
again be possible. Have followed these trends for the pop forecast.

Highs should be a couple of degrees cooler, but dew points will
remain high. This should keep heat index values below 105, but they
may go above 100 along and south of the i-85 corridor.

Short term Friday night through Sunday
As of midday Thursday: cold front should exit the cwfa to the
east Friday night as its parent low works its way northward
thru quebec. At 00z the wind-shift line should be across the
upper piedmont, and both NAM and GFS show as much as 2000 j kg of
mucape persisting ahead of it as low-level convergence peaks during
the evening. Both models develop some convection in the i-77 and
eastern i-85 corridors after 00z as a result. Deep layer shear
is expected to be less than 20 kt, suggesting little organization
along the front, though dry vertical profiles imply some damaging
wind risk may linger. Furthermore the namnest and hires windows
are a bit earlier with the FROPA and would lend confidence to an
evening forecast free of convection. At any rate, chance pops at
the start of the period will taper off as the front departs.

A weak surface high will fill in behind the front and remain
overhead through Sunday. A shortwave swinging across the ohio valley
Saturday will briefly maintain the mean eastern trough, but heights
rise again that night, leaving nearly zonal flow overhead. While the
us operational models keep us dry Saturday, a few SREF members as
well as last night's run of the ec permit some convection over the
blue ridge as well as the lower piedmont. While subsidence should
be enough to preclude the former, it seems plausible to expect the
front will stall close enough to our southeast border to include
a small diurnal pop there. The case is more or less the same on
Sunday, though with low-level flow having veered to the south again,
i will allow pops to return to the northern mountains foothills.

Max temps only look to drop a degree or two following the front,
though dewpoints will return to about normal, keeping heat
indices below 100. For Sunday the temps will rise a bit further
under rebounding thicknesses but excessive heat concerns are not
anticipated then either.

Long term Sunday night through Thursday
As of 200 pm edt Thursday: subtle changes in the medium range
with this forecast package that continue a slight drying trend. The
extended period picks up Sunday night with a subtropical ridge
building into the southeast, both at the surface and aloft. Major
models are now coming into better agreement that this ridge will be
able to spread wel into the southeastern conus, and the intensity of
the ridge (as well as possible subsidence and convective
suppression) has been trending slightly stronger over the past few
model cycles. Subtle h5 shortwave ridging will also be in place over
the carolinas Monday afternoon (there is a surprising amount of
model agreement on this), which would also bode well for some
convective suppression. Southerly surface flow with a generally gulf
fetch will encourage a slight increase in moisture Monday, but model
rhs have come down slightly since the last forecast package, again
encouraging for the possibility of slightly less cloud cover. The
last (and probably most significant) factor will likely be the
surface stationary front stalled over the lowcountry of sc, and
whether or not it is able to pivot northwards enough to provide an
axis for moisture convergence in our area, and therefore increased
rain chances and cloud cover. The trend is toward a more optimistic
solution for Monday with the front getting hung up in the midlands,
but it should again be noted that there is still a good amount of
uncertainty with the forecast for Monday at this point.

An upper shortwave and surface front will begin to approach the
forecast area Tuesday afternoon, increasing chances of shower and
thunderstorm activity with a diurnal peak. Longwave troughing
deepens over the eastern CONUS as a surface front continues its
advance through the forecast area. Profiles will be quite moist
Wednesday and Thursday, so while there doesn't appear to be much of
a severe threat, heavy rainfall may be an issue that bears watching.

Temperatures will be just a few degrees above average through the

Aviation 00z Friday through Tuesday
At kclt:VFR expected to prevail for the evening hours, outside
of deeper convection. As long as storms remain to the west on
the radar, there is the possibility of a thunderstorm reaching
the airfield, which was shown by some of the convection-allowing
models. This will be kept in the TAF with a tempo group for the
01z to 03z time frame. In the mean time, think wind direction will
favor SW ahead of an approaching outflow boundary. The boundary
should move in during the 01z hour and could flip the wind direction
around to NW for a few hours or until after the thunderstorm threat
has ended. Winds become light S overnight with only a low chance
of any fog. Scattered cumulus develops by late morning on Friday
with increasing SW wind. Convection should initiate around 18z,
so a prob30 group was employed.

Elsewhere: we begin with a thunderstorm near kavl but moving away,
and scattered convection moving past khky. These conditions should
come to an end by 02z or so, after which only convective debris is
expected. The rain that fell at kavl should spell another round of
patchy dense fog, which was handled with a tempo for ifr visibility
around daybreak. This could easily end up vlifr again. Meanwhile,
the upstate sc TAF sites should be relatively quiet. Wind will be
variable and light. On Friday, expect scattered thunderstorms to
develop once again.

Outlook: the transition to a more typical late summer pattern
continues through early next week. Expect scattered afternoon
convection and morning low stratus and patchy fog each day,
especially in the mountain valleys and in locations seeing
appreciable rainfall.

Confidence table...

00-06z 06-12z 12-18z 18-00z
kclt high 100% high 100% high 100% high 100%
kgsp high 100% high 100% high 100% high 100%
kavl high 97% high 96% high 88% high 100%
khky high 100% high 94% high 91% high 100%
kgmu high 100% high 100% high 100% high 100%
kand high 100% high 97% high 94% high 100%
the percentage reflects the number of guidance members agreeing
with the scheduled TAF issuance flight rule category. Complete hourly
experimental aviation forecast consistency tables and ensemble forecasts
are available at the following link:

Weather Reporting Stations
   EDIT       (on/off)   Help   NOTE: Click on distance to see the station location on a map
Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
WATS1 - Lake Wateree, SC 78 mi69 min ESE 1.9 G 1.9 85°F
LMFS1 - Lake Murray SC 95 mi39 min SW 2.9 G 4.1 88°F 1013.5 hPa

Airport Reports
    EDIT      (on/off)   Help   Click EDIT to display multiple airports
AirportDistAgeWind ktVisibilitySky/WeatherTempDewPtHumidityPressure
Concord Regional Airport, NC11 mi2.2 hrsWSW 610.00 miPartly Cloudy91°F66°F44%1015.2 hPa
Lincolnton, Lincolnton-Lincoln County Regional Airport, NC13 mi69 minN 010.00 miFair82°F72°F74%1015.2 hPa
Charlotte, Charlotte / Douglas International Airport, NC17 mi67 minW 410.00 miMostly Cloudy87°F75°F70%1013.9 hPa
Gastonia Municipal Airport, NC21 mi65 minN 010.00 miFair86°F73°F67%1013.9 hPa
Statesville Municipal Airport, NC22 mi74 minWNW 410.00 miPartly Cloudy80°F75°F86%1015.6 hPa

Wind History from JQF (wind in knots)
Last 24hrCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmSW6W6W5SW5SW6
1 day agoSW4CalmCalmN4CalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmN4CalmCalmCalmCalmN5--NW3CalmN4NW4
2 days agoCalmW7E7CalmSE5S3CalmCalmCalmCalmSE3CalmCalmCalmCalmCalmW3SW5CalmW5NW7--CalmCalm

Tide / Current Tables for
   EDIT   RT Ports Option   Weekend mode (on/off)   (on/off)   Help
Tide / Current Tables for
   EDIT      (on/off)   Help
Weather Map and Satellite Images
       (on/off)   Help
Weather Map
IR Satellite Image from GEOS

GOES Local Image of Mid-Atlantic    EDIT

Wind Forecast for Greenville-Spartanburg, SC (20,4,5,8)
      (on/off)   Help

Ground Weather Radar Station Greer, SC
   (on/off)   Help
weather_mapweather_map weather_map

Ad by Google

The information on this web site has not been checked for accuracy. It is for entertainment purposes only and should be independently verified before using for any other reason. There are five sources. 1) Documents and manuals from a variety of sources. These have not been checked for accuracy and in many cases have not even been read by anyone associated with I have no idea of they are useful or accurate, I leave that to the reader. 2) Articles others have written and submitted. If you have questions on these, please contact the author. 3) Articles that represent my personal opinions. These are intended to promote thought and for entertainment. These are not intended to be fact, they are my opinions. 4) Small programs that generate result presented on a web page. Like any computer program, these may and in some cases do have errors. Almost all of these also make simplifying assumptions so they are not totally accurate even if there are no errors. Please verify all results. 5) Weather information is from numerious of sources and is presented automatically. It is not checked for accuracy either by anyone at or by the source which is typically the US Government. See the NOAA web site for their disclaimer. Finally, tide and current data on this site is from 2007 and 2008 data bases, which may contain even older data. Changes in harbors due to building or dredging change tides and currents and for that reason many of the locations presented are no longer supported by newer data bases. For example, there is very little tidal current data in newer data bases so current data is likely wrong to some extent. This data is NOT FOR NAVIGATION. See the XTide disclaimer for details. In addition, tide and current are influenced by storms, river flow, and other factors beyond the ability of any predictive program.