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West Falmouth, MA

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Sunrise 6:45AMSunset 6:56PM Wednesday March 20, 2019 5:40 AM EDT (09:40 UTC) Moonrise 6:34PMMoonset 6:51AM Illumination 99% Phase: Full Moon; Moon at 14 days in cycle
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Marine Forecasts
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ANZ234 Buzzards Bay- 419 Am Edt Wed Mar 20 2019
Today..W winds around 5 kt, becoming S this afternoon. Seas 1 foot or less.
Tonight..S winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 1 foot or less.
Thu..SE winds 5 to 10 kt, increasing to 10 to 15 kt in the afternoon. Gusts up to 20 kt. Seas around 2 ft in the morning, then 1 foot or less.
Thu night..SE winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas around 3 ft. Patchy fog. Showers. Vsby 1 to 3 nm, decreasing to 1 nm or less after midnight.
Fri..S winds 10 to 15 kt, becoming W 15 to 20 kt in the afternoon. Seas 3 to 4 ft. A chance of showers. Patchy fog in the morning with vsby 1 nm or less.
Fri night..W winds 10 to 15 kt, increasing to 15 to 20 kt after midnight. Gusts up to 30 kt. Seas around 4 ft. A chance of showers in the evening.
Sat..W winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Seas around 4 ft.
Sat night..NW winds 15 to 20 kt, diminishing to 10 to 15 kt after midnight. Gusts up to 30 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft.
Sun..W winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas around 3 ft.
Sun night..SW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt, becoming W 5 to 10 kt after midnight. Seas around 3 ft. Seas are reported as significant wave height, which is the average of the highest third of the waves. Individual wave heights may be more than twice the significant wave height.
ANZ200 419 Am Edt Wed Mar 20 2019
Synopsis for massachusetts and rhode island coastal waters.. High pres along the southern new england coast this morning slowly drifts seaward to south of the maritimes tonight. Thursday a gale center develops off the mid atlc coast, moving ne along the coast Thu night and then across the ma coastline Fri before possibly intensifying into a storm Fri night along the maine coast. This powerful storm lingers near the maine coast Saturday before finally exiting Sat night. High pressure then builds into the mid atlc waters Sunday. For information on possible hazardous weather beyond the 24-36 hour forecast period, please visit www.weather.gov/boston and follow the current hazards link above the map on the left.


7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near West Falmouth, MA
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Area Discussion for - Boston, MA
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national weather service boston norton ma
413 am edt Wed mar 20 2019

Synopsis
High pressure south of new england will bring dry weather with
moderating temperatures this afternoon. A coastal storm impacts the
region late Thursday into Friday with periods of rain, heavy at
times and strong winds. Strong winds continue into Saturday along
with a shot of cold air, then becoming more seasonable Sunday.

Near term until 6 pm this evening
4 am update ...

1030 mb high pressure just off the southern new england coast
providing dry chilly conditions during the predawn hours this
morning. Most locations are in the 20s.

However WAA pattern in return flow developing already over ny state
into western ct ma in the form of mid level cloudiness.

Unfortunately none of the 00z model guidance is capturing these
clouds. This mid level warm front lifts across the region today.

Thus expect clouds to dim the sunshine from time to time with most
sunshine observed along and near the south coast. Cloud shield will
retreat northward into northern new england this afternoon so
expecting a trend toward more sunshine from south to north this
afternoon.

Return flow low level WAA yields ssw winds today and milder temps
than yesterday with highs this afternoon from the upper 40s to lower
50s, with a few mid 50s possible across the interior. Coolest
readings near the south shore given ssw winds off the chilly ocean
waters. Leaned toward the milder ec MOS guidance.

Expecting ssw winds 5 to 15 mph but could have some gusts up to 20
mph per model soundings.

Short term 6 pm this evening through 6 pm Thursday
4 am update ...

tonight ...

ridge axis remains across the region supporting dry weather and
light winds. Mid and high clouds arrive second half of the night.

However mostly clear skies, light winds and dry airmass over the
region will support radiational cooling. Not as cold as previous
nights but still chilly. Thus leaned toward the colder MOS temps
with lows 25-30, except low to mid 30s in the urban areas.

Thursday ...

dry weather to start the day along with some early morning sunshine
thru mid high clouds. Increasing clouds during the day as oh trough
advects eastward toward the mid atlc coast. As trough amplifies
downstream upstream short wave riding develops over southern new
england. This likely delays onset of rain until late in the day
across western ma ct and possibly not until sunset across ri and
eastern ma. Thus much of Thu should be dry especially over ri and
eastern ma. Despite the clouds highs will climb to 45-50 Thu along
with an increasing ese wind.

Long term Thursday night through Tuesday
* highlights ...

- widespread rain, embedded heavy showers, thunder Thursday night
- wet snows, becoming blustery Friday night into Saturday
- mild, dry conditions Sunday
- wintry weather potential early next week, turning colder
- late week high pressure, return mild
overview and model preferences...

with both the 19.12z and 20.00z model guidance updates,
operational and ensemble forecast solutions seem to be better
converging on the late week double trof, and resulting coastal
low pres for late week. The mention of a double trof is
intentional, as the recent trend, now that the arctic wave from
manitoba is being better sampled somewhat, no looks to remain
unphased with the modified pacific energy currently caught just
downstream of a pac NW rex block. As such, the leading wave
fails to tilt fast enough to enhance offshore cyclogenesis in
the mid-atlantic. Also, after this wave moves out, the secondary
arctic wave acts as a pivot to draw the low more due N or even
slightly W of N rather than E of new england for a final track.

This favors a warmer solution, with the mid lvl low wave passing
far enough inland that there will be little to stop the surge
of higher theta-e air toward new england. It is the arctic wave
that ultimately settles across new england into the weekend and
while some modest ridging follows, the mean longwave trof will
allow a reinforcing arctic wave to dig toward the NE conus
through mid next week. With both operational and some ensemble
guidance coming more in-line, feel that a consensus blend will
work as a baseline.

Details...

thu night into early fri...

mid-atlantic low pres will be sliding up the coast, mainly due
n given the current track solutions. There is a link to
subtropical moisture with pwats reaching 1.00-1.50inches (around
2 std deviations). The track favors a mainly warm solution
throughout, and bufkit soundings are supportive of this. With
the high pwats and a moderate llj, expect a risk for pockets of
heavier ra. As previous forecaster noted as leading sfc low
makes its closest pass and mid lvl warming peaks mid lvl lapse
rates reach 6.0-7.0c km highlighting upper lvl instability. This
could enhance localized ra rates. Therefore, will need to watch
for overnight localized urban poor drainage flooding. Also
noted, area rivers streams are generally running near seasonal
normals, and with final QPF totals ranging 0.5-1.5 inches, this
may not be enough to exceed flooding, but something to watch,
especially if heavy rain is observed over flashier basins. Bulk
of the precip ends with morning dry slot fri. For more on the
coastal flood risk, see the coastal flood section below.

Late Fri into sat...

low pres shifts toward the bay of fundy and continues to deepen
through the 980s. As 1020+ high pres approaches, the
combination of tightening pres gradient and pres rises will lead
to increasing w-nw flow. These winds are likely to peak sat
thanks to CAA allowing deep mixing beyond h85. Low risk for wind
advisory criteria, particularly late Fri night into early
daytime sat. Otherwise, lingering moisture could allow for
upslope sn in the berkshires and worcester hills late Fri before
the sounding becomes fully dry.

H85 temps drop to nearly 12c below normal with the strong caa,
so even with enhanced mixing, highs Sat will likely struggle to
reach the 40s. Early am wind chills in the single digits are
likely given the peak winds at that time and ambient temps in
the teens to low 20s.

Sun and mon...

mid lvl height rises. Anticipate weakening sfc pres gradient as
high pres slides S with moderating temperatures back toward
seasonal normals. Reinforcing arctic cold frontal passage
possible by mon, but the strongest CAA lags. However there is a
tap of S CONUS moisture which could bring about some shra or
even isolates shsn if the bulk of the precipitation shield is
anafrontal.

Tue and wed...

trend toward colder than normal conditions as secondary arctic
wave and cold advection follows the cold frontal passage.

Aviation 08z Wednesday through Sunday
Forecaster confidence levels...

low - less than 30 percent.

Moderate - 30 to 60 percent.

High - greater than 60 percent.

Short term through Thursday ... High confidence.

06z update ...

today ...

vfr clouds with CIGS bkn060-070 developing from west to east
then retreating northward this afternoon. Light and variable
winds will become ssw 5-15 kt. Dry weather prevails. Local
seabreeze possible eastern ma coast this afternoon.

Tonight ...

vfr, dry weather and light ssw winds.

Thursday ...

vfr and dry to start the day with MVFR arriving in the afternoon
across western ma ct along with increasing chances of light
rain. Increasing ese winds.

Kbos terminal... High confidence in taf. Low probability of a
seabreeze 14-18z then becoming ssw 10-15g20kt.

Kbdl terminal... High confidence in taf.

Outlook Thursday night through Sunday ...

Thursday night: mainly ifr, with local MVFR possible. Breezy.

Shra, slight chance tsra, patchy fg.

Friday: mainlyVFR, with local ifr possible. Breezy. Chance
shra.

Friday night: MVFR ifr conditions possible. Windy with gusts up
to 35 kt. Chance shsn, chance shra.

Saturday into Saturday night:VFR. Windy with areas of gusts up
to 30 kt.

Sunday:VFR. Breezy.

Marine
Forecaster confidence levels...

low - less than 30 percent.

Moderate - 30 to 60 percent.

High - greater than 60 percent.

Short term through Thursday ... High confidence.

4 am update ...

today ... Light and variable winds becoming ssw winds 5 to 15 kt,
possibly up to 20 kt near shore. Dry weather and good vsby.

Tonight ... 1030 mb high moves offshore with winds becoming ese. Dry
weather and good vsby continues.

Thursday ... High pressure slow to depart seaward with low pres
rapidly developing off the mid atlc coast. Dry weather and good vsby
with rain entering ri waters toward sunset.

Outlook Thursday night through Sunday ...

Thursday night into Friday: low risk for small craft advisory
winds with gusts up to 25 kt. Rough seas up to 11 ft. Chance of
rain showers, patchy fog. Local visibility 1 to 3 nm.

Friday night into Saturday: moderate risk for gale force winds
with gusts up to 35 kt. Rough seas up to 12 ft.

Saturday night into Sunday: moderate risk for small craft
advisory winds with gusts up to 25 kt. Local rough seas.

Tides coastal flooding
Even though the current model runs promote a weaker low pres and
inside runner, there is a period of onshore flow and surge
development through the overnight hours Thu night. Peak surge
looks to occur around the timing of low tide early Fri morning
per latest ensembles, however, lingingering surge could lead to
low minor coastal flooding with the astronomical high tide mid
day fri, which is 11.7 ft at boston. Still some time to monitor
timing, but feel this will be the tide most likely to yield any
coastal impacts.

Climate
Average first occurrence of 70 degree high temperatures (since
records began as early as 1872)
boston... ... .April 8th
hartford... ..April 1
providence... April 8th
worcester... .April 11th
average first occurrence of 70 degree daily average temperatures
daily average temperatures = (high + low) 2 (since records
began as early as 1872)
boston... ... .May 27th
hartford... ..May 10th
providence... May 20th
worcester... .May 29th

Box watches warnings advisories
Ct... None.

Ma... None.

Ri... None.

Marine... None.

Synopsis... Nocera doody
near term... Nocera
short term... Nocera
long term... Nocera doody
aviation... Nocera doody
marine... Nocera doody
tides coastal flooding...

climate... Staff


Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
BZBM3 - 8447930 - Woods Hole, MA 6 mi47 min 35°F 38°F1029.6 hPa
WAXM3 - Waquoit Bay Reserve, MA 11 mi116 min Calm 27°F 1030 hPa20°F
BUZM3 - Buzzards Bay, MA 22 mi41 min W 6 G 6 1030.8 hPa (-0.3)
FRVM3 - 8447386 - Fall River, MA 24 mi47 min 34°F 42°F1030 hPa
44020 - NANTUCKET SOUND 25 mi41 min WNW 7.8 G 9.7 36°F 38°F1029.7 hPa (+0.0)24°F
FRXM3 25 mi47 min 33°F 22°F
BLTM3 - 8447387 - Borden Flats Light at Fall River, MA 25 mi47 min SSW 5.1 G 6 35°F 1029.9 hPa
44090 26 mi41 min 37°F1 ft
PRUR1 31 mi47 min 31°F 20°F
NAXR1 - Narragansett Bay Reserve, RI 33 mi116 min SW 1.9 30°F 1030 hPa20°F
NWPR1 - 8452660 - Newport, RI 33 mi47 min Calm G 1.9 34°F 38°F1029.8 hPa
PTCR1 - 8452951 - Potter Cove, Prudence Island, RI 33 mi47 min WSW 1.9 G 2.9 33°F 1030.2 hPa
CPTR1 - 8452944 - Conimicut Light, RI 34 mi47 min W 1.9 G 4.1 31°F 41°F
QPTR1 - 8454049 - Quonset Point, RI 36 mi47 min WSW 5.1 G 5.1 34°F 41°F1029.9 hPa
PVDR1 37 mi47 min SSW 1 G 1.9 31°F 1029.9 hPa19°F
FOXR1 - 8454000 - Providence, RI 39 mi47 min WSW 1 G 1.9 30°F 39°F1029.4 hPa
NTKM3 - 8449130 - Nantucket Island, MA 40 mi47 min W 1.9 G 2.9 34°F 41°F1029.7 hPa
44097 - Block Island, RI (154) 49 mi41 min 41°F1 ft

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Airport Reports
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Otis Air National Guard Base, MA11 mi46 minSW 310.00 miFair19°F14°F79%1029.5 hPa
New Bedford, New Bedford Regional Airport, MA14 mi48 minN 010.00 miFair22°F21°F96%1029.6 hPa
Marthas Vineyard Airport, MA15 mi48 minW 410.00 miFair0°F0°F%1029.8 hPa
Plymouth, Plymouth Municipal Airport, MA21 mi49 minN 010.00 miFair21°F16°F81%1029.5 hPa
Hyannis, Barnstable Municipal-Boardman Airport, MA24 mi45 minN 010.00 miFair24°F17°F75%1029.1 hPa

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Tide / Current Tables for West Falmouth Harbor, Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts
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West Falmouth Harbor
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Wed -- 01:47 AM EDT     -1.07 feet Low Tide
Wed -- 06:46 AM EDT     Sunrise
Wed -- 06:50 AM EDT     Moonset
Wed -- 08:18 AM EDT     5.14 feet High Tide
Wed -- 02:12 PM EDT     -1.01 feet Low Tide
Wed -- 06:34 PM EDT     Moonrise
Wed -- 06:54 PM EDT     Sunset
Wed -- 08:41 PM EDT     5.25 feet High Tide
Wed -- 09:43 PM EDT     Full Moon
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Tide / Current Tables for Cape Cod Canal, Massachusetts Current
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Cape Cod Canal
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Wed -- 12:17 AM EDT     -4.75 knots Max Ebb
Wed -- 03:24 AM EDT     0.21 knots Slack
Wed -- 06:27 AM EDT     4.59 knots Max Flood
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Wed -- 12:38 PM EDT     -5.09 knots Max Ebb
Wed -- 03:49 PM EDT     0.01 knots Slack
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Wed -- 06:54 PM EDT     Sunset
Wed -- 06:58 PM EDT     4.91 knots Max Flood
Wed -- 09:43 PM EDT     Full Moon
Wed -- 10:18 PM EDT     -0.04 knots Slack
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