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Petaluma, CA

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Sunrise 7:19AMSunset 4:53PM Saturday December 16, 2017 10:52 AM PST (18:52 UTC) Moonrise 5:45AMMoonset 4:11PM Illumination 3% Phase: Waning Crescent; Moon at 28 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
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PZZ530 San Pablo Bay, Suisun Bay, The West Delta And The San Francisco Bay North Of The Bay Bridge- 901 Am Pst Sat Dec 16 2017
.small craft advisory in effect through late tonight...
Today..N winds 20 to 30 kt with gusts up to 45 kt.
Tonight..N winds 15 to 25 kt with gusts up to 40 kt.
Sun..NE winds 5 to 15 kt with gusts up to 25 kt.
Sun night..E winds 5 to 10 kt.
Mon..NE winds 5 to 10 kt.
Mon night..NE winds up to 10 kt.
Tue..NE winds up to 10 kt, becoming nw.
Wed..SW winds around 5 kt, becoming north.
PZZ500 901 Am Pst Sat Dec 16 2017
Synopsis for the central california coast and bays including the Monterey bay..Greater farallones...and cordell bank national marine sanctuaries... Strong and gusty north winds will prevail in the post frontal environment through today and Sunday. The strong and gusty winds will create very steep wind waves and fresh swell, creating very rough and hazardous seas through the majority of the weekend.

7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Petaluma, CA
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Area Discussion for - San Francisco/Monterey Bay Area, CA
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national weather service san francisco bay area
1015 am pst Sat dec 16 2017

Locally breezy conditions likely through Sunday morning...

Elevated fire danger particularly for higher elevation
locations for the same time...

Synopsis Dry weather will continue into next week. A mainly
dry cold front will sweep south over the area late Friday night
and early Saturday morning which then increases n-ne winds along
the ridges and peaks today.

Discussion As of 09:30 am pst Saturday... An elongated
vorticity lobe pushed inland from the coast overnight, passed over
our region early this morning, and is now moving eastwards beyond
the sierra nevada. In the wake of this disturbance, northerly
winds have drastically increased resulting in a wind advisory and
red flag warning for higher elevations as well as gale warnings
over the waters.

Earlier this morning, the strongest winds were confined to the
higher elevations and coastal waters due to the presence of a
nocturnal inversion decoupling the lower atmosphere from the
stronger winds aloft. These stronger winds aloft began to mix down
to the surface as the Sun rose and mixed out the nocturnal
inversion, with several spotters (from santa cruz, santa clara,
and napa county) calling in reports of the initial strong gusty
north winds between 7 and 9 am.

So far this morning, the strongest winds (42 mph sustained 61mph
peak gust) were (and currently are) at the los vaqueros raws at
1100 feet, located southeast of mount diablo and north of the
altamont pass. Elsewhere, gusts in excess of 45 mph has been
reported at many diverse locations, including: mt diablo, hawkeye
raws (ne of geyeserville), mt tamalpais, bodega bay, point reyes,
oakland hills, half moon bay, inland san benito county, through
the carquinez strait inland delta, portions of the big sur
mountains, and the coastal san mateo mountains.

Our main forecast challenge of the day will be to continue to
monitor the critical fire weather conditions both in terms of wind
and minimum relative humidity values. Please be mindful of the
environmental conditions today in you are planning any out door
activities that could result in unintended fire ignition. The
current forecast looks on track so no changes are planned until
the afternoon package is issued early this afternoon.

Previous discussion As of 3:00 am pst Saturday... Have been
keeping a close eye on surface observations during the midnight
shift as as a system crossed our region yesterday evening.

However, so far only a few locations have been gusting over 30 mph
with always windy mount diablo back under 40 mph. Models continue
to show stronger winds through the morning with greater pressure
gradients and continued caa. 850 mb values off the latest NAM have
a bullseye of nearly 60 kt over the north bay mountains close to
noon. 850 mb speeds for other spots show the potential for 40 to
50 mph. Not clear that we will see speeds that high based on how
current values compare to expected numbers, but feel that caution
remains the best course of action. Therefore, will keep the wind
advisory going into Sunday morning.

Other concern for higher elevations remains for fire weather with
relative humidity readings expected to quickly drop through the
day and barely recover tonight. Would expect spots above 1,000
feet to drop into the 10 to 20% range later today with many likely
to be under 30% for most of the night. Will keep the red flag
warning going.

Synoptically we will see a ridge of high pressure attempt to
rebuild into our region from the west, but that will quickly
flatten as a system approaches from the north. Models have been
flipping between some moisture and no moisture depending on the
expected track. Models are trending farther to the east which
favors drier weather, so pops were decreased. Still looks like an
outside chance for light rainfall mainly over the north bay
Tuesday night. Any amounts will be very light -- less than a tenth
of an inch.

After that a cool, dry, northerly flow will take shape as the
ridge becomes extremely amplified off the coast. That should lock
into place at least through christmas day. For those with travel
plans the end of next week, driving conditions should be ideal.

Aviation As of 10:15 am pst Saturday... 18z TAF package.VFR
conditions will dominate airports around the bay area monterey bay
regions. The main story will be gusty northerly winds. Local
observations have already shown increasing winds around the area,
such as gusts to 61 mph east of livermore. As daytime warming
occurs vertical mixing should become more effective, which will
help to bring some of the higher level winds to the surface. As
such, strong gusty conditions remain in the tafs today. The
strongest winds will remain just off the surface, so wind shear
remains or was introduced for all TAF sites. Winds will begin to
ease late afternoon and early evening from north to south.

Confidence in timing is high and moderate to high for wind speeds.

If anything, winds could be a little stronger than forecast.

Vicinity of ksfo...VFR. Northerly winds will continue to increase
today in the wake of a dry cold front. Sustained winds in the 15
to 25 kt range with gusts to 35 kt are expected.

Sfo bridge approach... Similar to ksfo.

Monterey bay terminals...VFR. Northerly winds will increase midday
into afternoon today. Sustained winds in the 10 to 15 kt range
with gusts around 20 kt expected.

Fire weather As of 3:15 am pst Saturday... A red flag warning
remains in effect through 10 am Sunday. Offshore flow is forecast
to strengthen through the day. Latest models continue to show rh
values dropping through day and poor recoveries Saturday night.

It's fairly common to have lower rh on night number two behind a
front with developing offshore flow. May not technically hit rh
criteria the first part of today, but decided to keep fire
weather concerns going given gusty winds, lack of recent rain,
very low rh (single digits) the last few nights and near record
values of ercs for the N bay mts and santa cruz diablo psas. Areas
of greatest concern will be above 1000 feet. Winds may be a tad
weaker on Saturday night, but rh recoveries worse. For what it's
worth, fire weather concerns are not that unusual for this time of
year. December 16, 2013, a wildfire broke out in big sur called
the pfeiffer fire.

Marine As of 08:52 am pst Saturday... Strong and gusty north
winds will prevail in the post frontal environment through today
and Sunday. The strong and gusty winds will create very steep
wind waves and fresh swell, creating very rough and hazardous
seas through the majority of the weekend.

Mtr watches warnings advisories
Tday Wind advisory...

sca... Pigeon pt to pt pinos 0-10 nm
glw... Pt arena to pigeon pt 10-60 nm
glw... Pt pinos to pt piedras blancas 0-10 nm
glw... Pigeon pt to pt piedras blancas 10-60 nm
sca... Pt arena to pt reyes 0-10 nm
sca... Sf bay
sca... Mry bay
sca... Pt reyes to pigeon pt 0-10 nm
public forecast: drp bell
aviation: bfg
marine: cw bfg
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Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
DPXC1 - 9415141 - Davis Point, San Pablo Bay, CA 21 mi53 min NNE 23 G 29 59°F 1015.1 hPa (+0.7)
RCMC1 - 9414863 - Richmond, CA 23 mi53 min N 18 G 27 60°F 54°F1014.8 hPa (+0.4)
TIBC1 - Tiburon Pier, San Francisco Bay, CA 24 mi44 min NNW 24 59°F 1015 hPa
PPXC1 - 9414847 - Richmond (Point Potrero), CA 25 mi53 min N 22 G 35 61°F 1014.8 hPa (+0.4)
PRYC1 - 9415020 - Point Reyes, CA 25 mi53 min NW 21 G 24 54°F1016.9 hPa (+1.7)
MZXC1 - 9415102 - Martinez-Amorco CA 28 mi53 min N 21 G 28 60°F 53°F1015.3 hPa19°F
FTPC1 - 9414290 - San Francisco, CA 29 mi53 min N 25 G 32 59°F 54°F1014.6 hPa (-0.4)
SFXC1 - San Francisco Bay Reserve, CA 30 mi68 min N 12 60°F 1015 hPa23°F
46237 - San Francisco Bar, CA (142) 30 mi83 min 54°F8 ft
PXSC1 31 mi53 min 60°F 25°F
PXOC1 - 9414311 - San Francisco (Pier 1), CA 31 mi53 min NNW 24 G 31 58°F 1013.9 hPa
OKXC1 - 9414776 - Oakland (Berth 34), CA 32 mi53 min N 19 G 23 58°F 1015.2 hPa (+1.0)
PCOC1 - 9415144 - Port Chicago, CA 32 mi53 min NNW 18 G 21 57°F 52°F1015.1 hPa (+0.9)
OMHC1 - 9414769 - Oakland Middle Harbor Met, CA 32 mi53 min N 18 G 22
OBXC1 32 mi53 min 59°F 29°F
LNDC1 34 mi89 min NNW 11 G 19 58°F 1015.1 hPa
46026 - SAN FRANCISCO - 18NM West of San Francisco, CA 35 mi63 min NW 23 G 27 54°F 54°F11 ft1015.5 hPa (+0.5)
AAMC1 - 9414750 - Alameda, CA 35 mi53 min N 17 G 26 59°F 53°F1014.9 hPa (+0.5)
46013 - Bodega Bay - 48NM North Northwest of San Francisco, CA 37 mi43 min NNW 25 G 33 54°F 54°F1018.1 hPa42°F
PSBC1 - 9415115 - Pittsburg (Suisun Bay), CA 40 mi59 min N 24 G 31 57°F 1014.6 hPa

Wind History for Richmond, CA
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Airport Reports
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AirportDistAgeWind ktVisibilitySky/WeatherTempDewPtHumidityPressure
Petaluma Municipal Airport, CA3 mi78 minN 12 G 1910.00 miFair61°F15°F17%1015.9 hPa
Novato / Gnoss Field, CA6 mi78 minNNW 19 G 3810.00 miFair and Breezy63°F14°F15%1016.3 hPa
Napa, Napa County Airport, CA17 mi59 minN 23 G 2810.00 miFair and Windy60°F19°F20%1014.3 hPa
Santa Rosa, Santa Rosa Sonoma County Airport, CA23 mi60 minNNW 510.00 miA Few Clouds58°F32°F38%1016 hPa

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Tide / Current Tables for Upper drawbridge, Petaluma River, San Pablo Bay, California
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Upper drawbridge
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Sat -- 01:08 AM PST     5.28 feet High Tide
Sat -- 05:44 AM PST     Moonrise
Sat -- 06:34 AM PST     2.03 feet Low Tide
Sat -- 07:20 AM PST     Sunrise
Sat -- 12:00 PM PST     7.08 feet High Tide
Sat -- 04:11 PM PST     Moonset
Sat -- 04:51 PM PST     Sunset
Sat -- 07:33 PM PST     -0.31 feet Low Tide
Tide / Current data from XTide NOT FOR NAVIGATION
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Tide / Current Tables for Petaluma River Approach, San Pablo Bay, California Current
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Petaluma River Approach
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Sat -- 12:20 AM PST     -0.00 knots Slack
Sat -- 02:45 AM PST     -0.42 knots Max Ebb
Sat -- 05:11 AM PST     0.00 knots Slack
Sat -- 05:43 AM PST     Moonrise
Sat -- 07:19 AM PST     Sunrise
Sat -- 07:51 AM PST     0.66 knots Max Flood
Sat -- 11:25 AM PST     -0.00 knots Slack
Sat -- 03:31 PM PST     -0.90 knots Max Ebb
Sat -- 04:10 PM PST     Moonset
Sat -- 04:51 PM PST     Sunset
Sat -- 07:12 PM PST     0.00 knots Slack
Sat -- 09:58 PM PST     0.59 knots Max Flood
Tide / Current data from XTide NOT FOR NAVIGATION
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Wind Forecast for San Francisco/Monterey Bay Area, CA (13,3,4,5)
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