Friday, April20, 2018

Marine Weather and Tides
Moscow, ID

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Sunrise 5:47AMSunset 7:45PM Friday April 20, 2018 11:36 AM PDT (18:36 UTC) Moonrise 9:27AMMoonset 12:05AM Illumination 29% Phase: Waxing Crescent; Moon at 5 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.
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7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Moscow, ID
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Area Discussion for - Spokane, WA
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area forecast discussion
national weather service spokane wa
1114 am pdt Fri apr 20 2018

Dry, mild conditions are expected to continue through Friday. A
quick moving cold front will bring scattered showers Friday night
and windy conditions on Saturday. The new work week is expected
to start dry and mild and probably remain dry with a warming trend
through the week.

Today through Saturday: our dry conditions continue tonight under
clear skies and calm winds. The nighttime microphsics satellite
band shows some high clouds just beginning to stream into the
region from the northwest in advance of our next quick hitting
system. The high pressure ridge which gave us pleasant weather on
Thursday will continue to do so today, though clouds will be on
the increase. High clouds will move in starting this morning with
mid level moisture, lowering clouds this evening ahead of the cold
front. The next system, currently off the coast, will be a quick
hitter, bringing a shot of mostly rain (high mountain snow)
showers late Friday and early Saturday. Showers look to start over
the cascades late Friday evening, spreading east, mostly over the
areas north of i-90. Snow levels in the cascades will start out
around 5,000 ft Friday night and lower to 3,000 ft by Saturday
afternoon. Early Saturday morning before 5 am will be the best
chance of rain for the spokane area as the surface cold front
crosses eastern washington into the idaho panhandle between 09 and
12z. Clearer skies move in behind the front and precip chances
drop off by late Saturday morning except for the cascades,
panhandle, and northeast washington mountains. For those area
scattered showers will taper off overnight. This system isn't
very wet compared to what we've recently experienced. Few
hundredths for the lower elevations and a few tenths for the
mountains, with a few inches of snow over 4,000 ft. There's a
slight chance for some thunder with a few of the showers over
extreme NE washington and the northern panhandle as instability
increases with afternoon, but they would be isolated. CAPE values
are marginal (in the 300-400 j kg).

The other issue Saturday will be gusty post frontal winds owing to
a deepening surface low that forms east of the rockies with the
upper level low passage. Behind the front winds shift from the
southeast to the southwest and a tightening gradient increases
winds to the 20-25 mph range. Given good mixing behind the front
and 850 winds in the 30-40 mph range, we'll likely see wind gusts
up to 35 mph for parts of the columbia basin. With the isolated
blowing dust issues we saw last week, these speeds could certainly
produce some patchy blowing dust that would temporarily limit
visibility for those traveling in the basin. Bw
Saturday night through Friday... The late weekend and the majority
of next week looks a lot like spring weather. Some showers will
linger behind the front Saturday night for the cascades and
possibly for the panhandle mountains, however, very dry air moves
into the region behind the front and any showers that do form will
be quite isolated and not overly wet. Breezy gusty winds are
expected to linger into Saturday evening and then decrease after

Model guidance has been very consistent showing a weaker secondary
wave following quickly Sunday and kicking out of the area by
Monday with high pressure building in from the west. Little
moisture is available for this wave and the best forcing looks to
stay more over oregon so the forecast was kept dry. Temperatures
will begin a warming trend with the high temps on Monday
increasing into the 60s.

High pressure will strengthen over the western states for the
remainder of the week. All of the model guidance show a closed
low in the eastern pacific off the california coast Wednesday
night that moves inland Thursday and Friday. The challenge is what
happens as the low moves inland. There are differing solutions.

The european model has been more consistent showing the low taking
a southerly track into or cal and the probabilistic models so far
agree with this solution. Other models show the closed low
opening into an open wave and bringing a chance for precipitation
to the pac NW Friday and Saturday. Somewhere in between is
probably the right way to go. Consistency wins out for now and
with only moderate confidence we will keep the forecast dry with
temperatures warming well into the 60s and low 70s the remainder
of the week. Tobin

18z tafs: a quick hitting cold front will swing through tonight.

Cloud cover will thicken this afternoon and evening with scattered
showers expected overnight along the front. Best chances for
showers will be across the northern mtns of eastern wa after 02z
and then progress into the id panhandle by 10z. Showers will be
light and brief at the TAF sites and will most likely skip over
keat and kmwh. Dry air in the boundary layer will keep CIGS above
5 kft agl. WithVFR conditions prevailing through 18z Saturday.

Winds will become gusty Saturday morning to between 25-35 kts
possible and will continue into the afternoon. Svh

Preliminary point temps pops
Spokane 61 45 54 34 57 35 0 30 10 0 0 0
coeur d'alene 61 43 54 33 56 34 0 30 30 0 0 0
pullman 60 45 53 34 55 35 0 10 10 0 0 0
lewiston 66 49 60 39 61 40 0 10 10 0 0 0
colville 63 44 57 34 59 35 0 40 20 0 0 0
sandpoint 59 42 51 32 54 33 0 40 60 0 0 0
kellogg 59 39 50 32 55 33 0 20 50 10 0 0
moses lake 65 46 61 36 62 38 0 20 0 0 0 0
wenatchee 64 45 57 37 60 39 0 20 10 0 0 0
omak 65 45 60 36 61 38 0 30 10 0 0 0

Otx watches warnings advisories
Id... None.

Wa... None.

Weather Reporting Stations
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AirportDistAgeWind ktVisibilitySky/WeatherTempDewPtHumidityPressure
Pullman / Moscow Regional Airport, WA7 mi43 minSSE 410.00 miFair54°F34°F47%1024.4 hPa
Lewiston, Lewiston-Nez Perce County Airport, ID24 mi1.7 hrsNE 610.00 miFair54°F39°F57%1023.8 hPa

Wind History from PUW (wind in knots)
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1 day agoE11SE7--E6E64E6NE4NE3NE5NE3NE3CalmCalmN3CalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmNW5W6W6
2 days agoW21

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