Marine Weather and Tides
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|Sunrise 7:47AM||Sunset 4:51PM||Wednesday January 17, 2018 9:50 PM PST (05:50 UTC)||Moonrise 8:10AM||Moonset 5:42PM||Illumination 2%|
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|PZZ135 Puget Sound And Hood Canal- 832 Pm Pst Wed Jan 17 2018 |
.small craft advisory in effect through late Thursday night...
Tonight..S wind 20 to 30 kt easing to 15 to 25 kt after midnight. Wind waves 3 to 5 ft. Rain in the evening then showers after midnight.
Thu..S wind 15 to 25 kt. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft. Showers likely in the morning then showers in the afternoon.
Thu night..S wind 15 to 25 kt. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft. Showers likely.
Fri..S wind 15 to 25 kt. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft.
Fri night..S wind 15 to 25 kt. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft.
Sat..S wind 5 to 15 kt becoming sw 10 to 20 kt in the afternoon. Wind waves 1 to 3 ft.
Sat night..S wind 15 to 25 kt. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft.
Sun..S wind 15 to 25 kt. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft.
Mon..SW wind 10 to 20 kt becoming S 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 1 to 3 ft.
|PZZ100 832 Pm Pst Wed Jan 17 2018 |
Synopsis for the northern and central washington coastal and inland waters..A deep and expansive low centered near 50n 134w will fill as it moves slowly east toward the northern tip of vancouver island Friday night. Tight pressure gradients associated with this low will give gales to the coastal waters and small craft advisory conditions to the inland waters tonight through Thursday night. Combined seas in excess of 25 to 30 feet will affect the coastal waters late tonight through Thursday night. A weak ridge will build into the waters on Saturday. Additional fronts will reach the waters Sunday through early next week.
7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Des Moines, WAHourly EDIT Help
Area Discussion for - Seattle, WA  (on/off)  Help NOTE: mouseover dotted underlined text for definition
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area forecast discussion
national weather service seattle wa
900 pm pst Wed jan 17 2018
Synopsis A cold front will move east of the cascades this
evening. Large waves generated by a deep low pressure offshore will
impact the washington coast late tonight through Thursday evening.
Thursday through Saturday will be showery with an upper trough over
the area. Additional fronts will move through the area Sunday and
around Tuesday night.
Coastal flood update... .Strong southwest winds offshore is
generating a large and energetic swell that will reach the coastline
late tonight. Buoy 46005 that sits about 250 nm W of the mouth of
the columbia river reported seas of 41 ft at 17 seconds at 7 pm this
evening, and about 32-34 ft of the sea is swell energy that will
propagate all the way to the coastline between 28 and 30 ft at about
18 or 19 seconds.
A coastal flood warning is in effect for the coast. This sort of
coastal flooding mainly affects the coastal communities as waves
run far up beyond where they usually do. The high seas will
combine with tides that are running about 1.5 ft above predicted
values and about 1 ft above the value that usually produces
saltwater flooding in places like ocean shores and westport.
Larger waves will likely crash over over breakwaters and jetties
and collect in low lying areas.
General weather update... A deep sub 970 mb surface low outside 130w
tonight will stall off the b.C. Coast Thursday and weaken through
Friday. Southeast pressure gradients will persist tonight into
Thursday and produce breezy winds, and possibly locally windy at
times on the north coast north interior. The main front is already
through most the interior and will push east of the cascades over
the next couple hours. The strongest winds have likely peaked and
should ease a bit over the next couple hours. A few gusts to 40 or
45 mph could occur, mainly on the north coast tonight and mostly
associated with thunderstorm squalls in the area. Models do show
near or sub zero li's with some marginal CAPE which explains the
lightning activity around the north coast. Models maintain this
instability through Thursday, so the forecast will be updated this
evening to reflect a chance of thunderstorms. Typically,
thunderstorm squalls in these patterns produce brief heavy rain,
numerous lightning, and brief gusty winds.
Colder air aloft arriving tonight and Thursday will drop snow levels
down to 3000 feet later tonight and Thursday. A couple inches of
snow has already fallen at stevens as the front passed. However,
precipitation rates will drop off behind the front later tonight and
Thursday. Higher passes and ski resorts above pass level could
potentially get 3 to 6 inches or locally higher amounts. But the
showery pattern does not seem to warrant an advisory for snow given
the spotty accumulations. Persons planning travel through passes
should still call 5-1-1 for road conditions.
Another frontal wave embedded in the relatively cold air mass will
move through the region Friday. This system could produce several
more inches of snow, possibly even down to the lower passes. The
westerly flow is not very strong which may limit orographics, but
the cold air mass in place should give decent ratios for another 3
to 6 or more inches. This system could warrant an advisory, stay
tuned. Mercer albrecht
Long term Previous discussion... A frontal system will bring a
shot of rain late Saturday night and Sunday along with some breezy|
to windy conditions. Showers will linger into Monday but they should
be tapering or even ending by Tuesday as a weak upper ridge builds
over the area. Another front should reach the area Tuesday night and
Wednesday for more rain. Schneider
Hydrology A wet frontal system this weekend could push the
skokomish river in mason county above flood stage around Sunday.
Otherwise, river flooding is not expected for the next 7 days.
Aviation A cold front has moved across the area this evening
and is now moving east of the cascades. Strong southwest flow at
the surface and aloft will continue tonight through Thursday. The
air mass is moist and unstable with numerous showers expected
across the area. Thunderstorms are possible at times along the
coast. Ceilings and visibilities will be variable withVFR to MVFR
conditions between showers and conditions locally dropping to ifr
in heavier showers. Albrecht
ksea... Expect showers with gusty south winds tonight through
Thursday. South winds generally 12-15 knots with gusts 22-25
knots. Ceilings 050 will drop to 2500 ft at times in heavier
showers. Visibilities p6sm falling to 3-5sm in heavier showers.
Marine A deep low centered near 50n 134w will gradually fill as
it slowly moves to the north tip of vancouver island early Friday.
Strong southwest flow will continue through Thursday night with
gales over the coastal waters and widespread small craft advisory
conditions over the inland waters through Thursday night.
Conditions will slowly improve late Thursday night and Friday.
A weak ridge of high pressure will brush the area on Saturday.
Then a series of rather strong fronts will move across the waters
Sunday through early next week. Albrecht
Sew watches warnings advisories
Wa... Coastal flood warning from 4 am to 10 pm pst Thursday for
central coast-north coast.
Pz... Small craft advisory for rough bar until 4 am pst Friday for
grays harbor bar.
Gale warning until 10 pm pst Thursday for coastal waters from
cape flattery to james island 10 to 60 nm-coastal waters
from CAPE flattery to james island out 10 nm-coastal waters
from james island to point grenville 10 to 60 nm-coastal
waters from james island to point grenville out 10 nm-
coastal waters from point grenville to CAPE shoalwater 10
to 60 nm-coastal waters from point grenville to cape
shoalwater out 10 nm.
Small craft advisory until 4 am pst Friday for east entrance
u.S. Waters strait of juan de fuca-northern inland waters
including the san juan islands.
Gale warning until 10 pm pst this evening for east entrance u.S.
Waters strait of juan de fuca-northern inland waters
including the san juan islands.
Small craft advisory until 4 am pst Friday for admiralty inlet-
puget sound and hood canal-west entrance u.S. Waters strait
of juan de fuca.
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|Stations||Dist||Age||Wind||Air Temp||Water Temp||Waves||Pressure||DewPt|
|TCNW1 - 9446484 - Tacoma, WA||9 mi||50 min||51°F||49°F||1007.9 hPa (-1.3)|
|TCMW1 - 9446482 - Tacoma Met, WA||9 mi||50 min||SSE 4.1 G 6|
|EBSW1 - 9447130 - Seattle, WA||15 mi||50 min||SSE 5.1 G 8.9||52°F||49°F||1007.6 hPa (-1.3)|
|WPOW1 - West Point, WA||19 mi||50 min||SSE 16 G 18||51°F||1006.8 hPa (-1.2)||49°F|
|46120||26 mi||50 min||WSW 19||53°F||1006 hPa||50°F|
Wind History for Tacoma MET, WA(wind in knots) EDIT (on/off)  Help
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|Seattle, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, WA||4 mi||57 min||S 9||10.00 mi||Overcast||51°F||48°F||89%||1007.9 hPa|
|Boeing Field - King County International Airport, WA||10 mi||57 min||SSE 7||10.00 mi||Overcast||51°F||48°F||92%||1007.1 hPa|
|Renton Municipal Airport, WA||10 mi||57 min||SSE 5||10.00 mi||Light Rain||50°F||48°F||93%||1007.7 hPa|
|Tacoma, Tacoma Narrows Airport, WA||15 mi||57 min||SSW 7||10.00 mi||Overcast||50°F||48°F||93%||1007.4 hPa|
|Tacoma / McChord Air Force Base, WA||17 mi||52 min||S 12||10.00 mi||Partly Cloudy||52°F||51°F||100%||1007.9 hPa|
|Pierce County-Thun Field, WA||20 mi||55 min||S 5||9.00 mi||Overcast||52°F||51°F||100%||1007.8 hPa|
|Bremerton, Bremerton National Airport, WA||23 mi||54 min||SSW 14 G 22||10.00 mi||Light Rain||49°F||48°F||97%||1008.5 hPa|
|Fort Lewis / Gray U. S. Army Airfield, WA||24 mi||52 min||SSE 12 G 17||10.00 mi||A Few Clouds||52°F||51°F||100%||1007.6 hPa|
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|Des Moines |
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Thu -- 06:46 AM PST 12.61 feet High Tide
Thu -- 07:49 AM PST Sunrise
Thu -- 08:45 AM PST Moonrise
Thu -- 12:15 PM PST 6.73 feet Low Tide
Thu -- 04:50 PM PST Sunset
Thu -- 04:57 PM PST 10.42 feet High Tide
Thu -- 06:41 PM PST Moonset
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|Skagit Bay |
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Thu -- 04:00 AM PST -0.00 knots Slack
Thu -- 06:37 AM PST -1.37 knots Max Ebb
Thu -- 07:50 AM PST Sunrise
Thu -- 08:45 AM PST Moonrise
Thu -- 10:03 AM PST 0.00 knots Slack
Thu -- 12:06 PM PST 1.39 knots Max Flood
Thu -- 03:20 PM PST -0.05 knots Slack
Thu -- 04:51 PM PST Sunset
Thu -- 06:31 PM PST -1.41 knots Max Ebb
Thu -- 06:42 PM PST Moonset
Thu -- 09:25 PM PST 0.01 knots Slack
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