Marine Weather and Tides
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|Sunrise 6:19AM||Sunset 7:52PM||Monday April 23, 2018 8:00 PM PDT (03:00 UTC)||Moonrise 12:23PM||Moonset 1:46AM||Illumination 63%|
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|PZZ560 Pigeon Point To Point Pinos To 10 Nm- 721 Pm Pdt Mon Apr 23 2018 |
Tonight..NW winds 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 1 to 3 ft. NW swell 5 to 6 ft at 12 seconds. Patchy fog after midnight.
Tue..NW winds 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 1 to 3 ft. W swell 3 to 5 ft at 18 seconds. Patchy fog in the morning.
Tue night..NW winds 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 3 ft in the evening...becoming 2 ft or less. W swell 5 to 7 ft at 15 seconds. Patchy fog after midnight.
Wed..W winds 10 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less. W swell 5 to 7 ft at 15 seconds. Patchy fog in the morning.
Wed night..W winds 10 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less. W swell 4 to 6 ft at 14 seconds.
Thu..W winds 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 1 to 3 ft...becoming 2 ft or less. W swell 3 to 5 ft. SWell S 3 ft.
Fri..W winds 10 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less. Mixed swell nw 3 to 5 ft and S 3 ft.
Sat..NW winds 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 1 to 3 ft. NW swell 4 to 6 ft. SWell S 3 ft.
|PZZ500 721 Pm Pdt Mon Apr 23 2018 |
Synopsis for the central california coast and bays including the Monterey bay..Greater farallones...and cordell bank national marine sanctuaries... Northwest winds will remain light to moderate through most of the week as an area of low pressure approaches the coast. Onshore winds will remain strong and gusty north of the bay bridge this evening, possibly gusty into the overnight hours. Light to moderate seas will prevail through the forecast period with a mixed southerly and northwesterly swell developing late this week.
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Area Discussion for - San Francisco/Monterey Bay Area, CA  (on/off)  Help NOTE: mouseover dotted underlined text for definition
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area forecast discussion
national weather service san francisco bay area
543 pm pdt Mon apr 23 2018
Synopsis Dry and seasonably warm conditions will continue
today. A cooling trend is forecast from Tuesday through the end of
the week as an area of low pressure offshore slowly approaches the
coast. This low pressure may produce scattered showers from late
Friday into Saturday, mainly across the north.
Discussion As of 01:27 pm pdt Monday... Sunny skies prevail
across most of the bay area this afternoon. The sunshine and light
winds have allowed for well above normal temperatures away from
the coast. Afternoon temps will likely top out in the 70s to mid
80s. Just like during the summer months, different story at the
coast. Weak pressure gradients n-s and e-w have kept low clouds
along the coast, mainly san mateo coast southward. Made some late
day adjust to the forecast to lower temps around the monterey bay
and keep clouds through the afternoon.
Otherwise, only minor tweaks were made to the forecast. High
pressure will continue to weaken as an upper low currently
spinning off the west coast slowly tracks eastward. Night and
morning low clouds will continue through Wednesday and possibly
mix out completely by Thursday Friday. The lower 500mb heights and
cooler 850mb temps will translate to a slight downward trend in
daytime high temperatures. Temps by Wednesday will be closer to
normal (60s coast, 70s to lower 80s inland) and possibly below
normal by Thursday (60s 70s).
The track of upper lows are always difficult to forecast,
especially in the medium to long range. The 12z model run didn't
shed any new light on the rain potential Friday into Saturday.
Model consensus brings an upper low into far norcal with some
precip possible across the north bay. Confidence is low and will
maintain the slight chc of showers sf bay northward. QPF looks to
be minimal at this point.
Aviation As of 5:43 pm pdt Monday... It's a summer-like
afternoon, cooler ocean to warmer hot land temperature (and
pressure) contrasts have steepened, coastal stratus and fog are
hugging the coastline. The onshore pressure gradient sfo-sac is
1.4 mb while southerly pressure gradients smx-sfo and sns-sjc are
a bit stronger at 2.0 mb and 3.3 mb (strong) respectively, under-
forecast by recent NAM output and sufficient for the development
of a coastally trapped southerly wind reversal if these readings
held, however coastal buoys are mostly showing wsw-w wind
direction and stratus and fog motion following suite presently.
The southerly gradients may relax by mid-late evening, however|
it'll be relatively short-lived as southerly gradients should
strengthen again Tuesday into Tuesday night. The marine layer
slopes from approx 1000 feet in the bay area to 1400 feet north
central coast per profiler data.
With exception of ksfo, koak, ksjc, klvk 00z tafs are geared a
little more toward ifr CIGS and visibilities developing this
evening. Conditions are ideal for ifr lifr vlifr tonight into
Tuesday morning along the immediate coast with some inland
intrusion through the golden gate. With exception of a
strengthening offshore pressure gradient wmc-sfo reaching near 10
mb (nam model showing ~ 4 mb onshore bias) by early Tuesday
morning the large scale pattern is otherwise nearly persistence
for tonight into Tuesday. The developing offshore gradient may
tend to hold areal coverage of stratus and fog at a minimum into
the bay area tonight, the offshore gradient will be weaker Tuesday
night into Wednesday thus allowing a better set up for stratus and
fog intrusion at that time.
Vicinity of ksfo...VFR, w-nw wind with occasional gusts to 20-25
knots til 04z. Near high confidenceVFR holds this evening based
on present depth of the marine layer (near 1000 feet) and little
lower level temperature change tonight. Radiative cooling improves
tonight with a clear sky, near surface cooling is a little more
pronounced Tuesday morning which may result in a patch or two of
fog or low stratus, but for now going with aVFR forecast looks
Sfo bridge approach... Similar to ksfo.
Monterey bay terminals... Visible imagery shows stratus and fog
nearby, w-nw wind flow should bring in ifr early this evening.
Tempo ifr 00z-03z, prevailing ifr lifr for the overnight hours.
Late morning mixing should help result in a return ofVFR for the
area terminals. Stratus and fog likely to roll back inland early
Marine As of 4:57 pm pdt Monday... Northwest winds will remain
light to moderate through most of the week as an area of low
pressure approaches the coast. Light to moderate seas will prevail
through the forecast period with a mixed southerly and northwesterly
swell developing late this week.
Mtr watches warnings advisories
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|Stations||Dist||Age||Wind||Air Temp||Water Temp||Waves||Pressure||DewPt|
|RTYC1 - 9414523 - Redwood City, CA||23 mi||42 min||N 12 G 14||62°F||67°F||1014.2 hPa|
|ELXC1 - Elkhorn Slough Reserve, CA||31 mi||75 min||W 5.1||53°F||1016 hPa||51°F|
|46092 - MBM1||34 mi||115 min||WSW 9.7||53°F||53°F||1015.7 hPa (-1.1)|
|46042 - MONTEREY - 27NM West of Monterey Bay, CA||39 mi||70 min||W 7.8 G 9.7||53°F||54°F||6 ft||1015.6 hPa (-0.5)|
|AAMC1 - 9414750 - Alameda, CA||41 mi||48 min||W 8.9 G 11||58°F||61°F||1014.6 hPa|
|LNDC1||42 mi||42 min||WNW 5.1 G 7||61°F||1014.4 hPa|
|46114 - West Monterey Bay, CA||42 mi||60 min||55°F||6 ft|
|46240 - Cabrillo Point, Monterey Bay, CA (158)||42 mi||69 min||56°F||3 ft|
|OMHC1 - 9414769 - Oakland Middle Harbor Met, CA||44 mi||42 min||W 8.9 G 13|
|OKXC1 - 9414776 - Oakland (Berth 34), CA||44 mi||42 min||NW 6 G 8||57°F||1014.5 hPa|
|OBXC1||44 mi||42 min||56°F||53°F|
|MEYC1||44 mi||84 min||WSW 5.1 G 8||54°F||58°F||1016.1 hPa|
|PXOC1 - 9414311 - San Francisco (Pier 1), CA||45 mi||42 min||WSW 8 G 12||56°F||1013.5 hPa|
|PXSC1||46 mi||48 min||57°F||53°F|
|FTPC1 - 9414290 - San Francisco, CA||48 mi||48 min||WSW 11 G 21||53°F||54°F||1014.6 hPa|
Wind History for Redwood City, CA(wind in knots) EDIT (on/off)  Help
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|San Jose, San Jose International Airport, CA||9 mi||67 min||WNW 11||10.00 mi||Mostly Cloudy||70°F||55°F||59%||1013.5 hPa|
|San Jose / Reid / Hillv, CA||10 mi||73 min||NW 12||10.00 mi||Clear||75°F||55°F||50%||1012.9 hPa|
|Mountain View, Moffett Field, CA||14 mi||64 min||N 10||9.00 mi||Fair||65°F||57°F||76%||1014.2 hPa|
|Palo Alto Airport, CA||19 mi||73 min||NNW 14||10.00 mi||Partly Cloudy||0°F||0°F||%||1013.5 hPa|
|Watsonville, Watsonville Municipal Airport, CA||22 mi||67 min||SSW 5||5.00 mi||Fog/Mist||52°F||50°F||93%||1015.9 hPa|
Wind History from SJC (wind in knots)
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Mon -- 02:43 AM PDT 2.54 feet Low Tide
Mon -- 02:46 AM PDT Moonset
Mon -- 06:22 AM PDT Sunrise
Mon -- 07:09 AM PDT 8.53 feet High Tide
Mon -- 01:23 PM PDT Moonrise
Mon -- 03:17 PM PDT -0.29 feet Low Tide
Mon -- 07:50 PM PDT Sunset
Mon -- 09:27 PM PDT 8.24 feet High Tide
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|Dumbarton Point 2.3 mi NE |
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Mon -- 12:12 AM PDT -0.58 knots Max Ebb
Mon -- 02:39 AM PDT 0.00 knots Slack
Mon -- 02:47 AM PDT Moonset
Mon -- 04:56 AM PDT 0.74 knots Max Flood
Mon -- 06:22 AM PDT Sunrise
Mon -- 07:41 AM PDT -0.01 knots Slack
Mon -- 12:23 PM PDT -1.16 knots Max Ebb
Mon -- 01:23 PM PDT Moonrise
Mon -- 03:17 PM PDT 0.00 knots Slack
Mon -- 06:16 PM PDT 1.35 knots Max Flood
Mon -- 07:51 PM PDT Sunset
Mon -- 09:31 PM PDT -0.01 knots Slack
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