Friday, March24, 2017

Marine Weather and Tides
Pope-Vannoy Landing, AK

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5/19/2016 - There were issues with the 3 day airport observation history. I switched to another data source. Let me know if you see any issues with the data feeds.
3/12/2015 - Added section for Gulf current for users in the GMZ marine zones.
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Sunrise 7:40AMSunset 8:29PM Friday March 24, 2017 12:05 AM AKDT (08:05 UTC) Moonrise 5:12AMMoonset 2:23PM Illumination 11% Phase: Waning Crescent; Moon at 26 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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PKZ138 Shelikof Strait- 332 Pm Akdt Thu Mar 23 2017
.small craft advisory tonight...
Tonight..NW wind 25 kt. Stronger gusts 35 kt out of bays and passes. Seas 6 ft. Freezing spray.
Fri..NW wind 20 kt. Stronger gusts 35 kt out of bays and passes. Seas 5 ft. Freezing spray.
Fri night..N wind 20 kt. Seas 4 ft. Freezing spray.
Sat and Sat night..NE wind 20 kt. Seas 5 ft.
Sun through Mon..N wind 20 kt. Seas 5 ft.
Tue..N wind 15 kt. Seas 3 ft.

7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Pope-Vannoy Landing, AK
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location: 59.18, -154.08     debug

Area Discussion for -
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Fxak68 pafc 240058
southcentral and southwest alaska forecast discussion
national weather service anchorage ak
458 pm akdt Thu mar 23 2017

Analysis and upper levels
A short-wave which dropped into the long-wave trough sitting over
southcentral alaska and the gulf of alaska last night is now
helping to kick the entire trough eastward. There are some showers
out ahead of this trough, focused along a surface trough over the
central gulf. A few clouds and isolated showers extend northward
through the cordova area and into the copper river basin.

Otherwise, clear and cool conditions continue to dominate the
southern alaska mainland and eastern bering sea regions.

Meanwhile, a large deep vertically stacked low (with estimated
central pressure of 965 mb) around 700 miles south of the aleutian
chain is tracking slowly northward. An east-west oriented occluded
front is spreading out from the low center, leading to increasing
easterlies along the aleutians.

Model discussion
Model remain in excellent agreement through Friday night and
forecast confidence remains high.

Panc...VFR conditions and light winds will persist.

Short term forecast southcentral alaska (days 1 and 2)
Some moisture from the gulf make bring a few snow showers inland
tonight across eastern prince william sound and into the copper
river basin. Otherwise sunny days and clear nights will continue
across the rest of the region through sat. Gusty winds through
channeled terrain will also continue as northerly surface winds

Short term forecast southwest alaska (days 1 and 2)
The upper level ridge over the eastern bering will persist through
the weekend with a cold upper level trough stretching from
northern alaska into southcentral alaska. This flow pattern will
put southwest alaska under northwesterly flow aloft with the
surface winds out of the north to northeast bringing continued
cool, dry and generally sunny weather.

Short term forecast bering sea/aleutians (days 1 and 2)
A gale force frontal system approaching from the south will reach
the western and central aleutians overnight tonight, bringing
gusty winds and rain to the area. The front will lift into the
southern bering Friday and Friday night. Several additional
frontal waves spinning around the parent low south of the
aleutians will rotate north across the aleutians over the weekend.

Long term forecast (days 3 through 7)
The ridging over the bering sea continues through Saturday before
an upstream north pacific low pressure system pushes the ridge
into the gulf of alaska by Monday. Meanwhile, an upper level
closed low will be positioned over the anchorage bowl with an
associated trough extending into the gulf from Saturday through
Tuesday, before merging with several weak north pacific lows.

While the next major storm force low tracks towards the eastern
aleutians by Thursday morning, with an associated weather front
entering the gulf. This brings a pattern change with the offshore
flow over the southcentral region diminishing, and shifting to
onshore southerly flow. There is uncertainty with timing of how
long the arctic trough stalls over the southcentral region. The
gfs model is showing a faster solution, and the ECMWF was slower
with this synoptic feature. Meanwhile, by Thursday the jet stream
transitions to a southwesterly flow just south of the eastern
aleutians extending eastward into the lower southeastern gulf.

This enhances storm tracks from the north pacific area into the
eastern aleutians/gulf region. The forecast confidence is low as
we head into midweek and beyond due to the uncertainty with the
timing/strength with the upcoming low pressure systems as they
track towards the southwest/southcentral regions.

Afc watches/warnings/advisories
Public... None.

Marine... Heavy freezing spray 121 139 185.

Gale warning 170 172 173 174 175 176 177 178
synopsis and model discussion... Seb
southcentral alaska... Ds
southwest alaska/bering sea/aleutians... Pepe
long term... Pd

Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
AUGA2 - Augustine Island, AK 41 mi36 min W 11 G 15 26°F 1011.6 hPa2°F

Airport Reports
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AirportDistAgeWind ktVisibilitySky/WeatherTempDewPtHumidityPressure
Iliamna, Iliamna Airport, AK60 mi73 minNNW 1110.00 miFair18°F3°F54%1013.7 hPa

Wind History from AIL (wind in knots)
Last 24hrCalmN7NW9N7CalmNW4N5NW7N6N4N3E3CalmS3S43NW7N7NW11NW11NW12N6N11NW6
1 day agoW3CalmCalmNW4NW3SW3N4N3CalmCalmCalmCalmS4S3S5SE3S5CalmCalmNE5N4Calm5Calm
2 days agoCalmCalmCalmSW3NW3NW4E3N3NW5CalmCalmCalmCalmS6S5E4CalmN4NE5NE4NE4NE4N3Calm

Tide / Current Tables for Nordyke Island, Kamishak Bay, Cook Inlet, Alaska
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Nordyke Island
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Fri -- 01:22 AM AKDT     11.92 feet High Tide
Fri -- 07:11 AM AKDT     Moonrise
Fri -- 07:14 AM AKDT     5.00 feet Low Tide
Fri -- 08:04 AM AKDT     Sunrise
Fri -- 12:59 PM AKDT     12.85 feet High Tide
Fri -- 04:23 PM AKDT     Moonset
Fri -- 07:41 PM AKDT     1.21 feet Low Tide
Fri -- 08:41 PM AKDT     Sunset
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Tide / Current Tables for Iliamna Bay, Cook Inlet, Alaska
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Iliamna Bay
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Fri -- 01:24 AM AKDT     11.77 feet High Tide
Fri -- 07:08 AM AKDT     4.26 feet Low Tide
Fri -- 07:11 AM AKDT     Moonrise
Fri -- 08:02 AM AKDT     Sunrise
Fri -- 01:01 PM AKDT     12.52 feet High Tide
Fri -- 04:19 PM AKDT     Moonset
Fri -- 07:35 PM AKDT     1.16 feet Low Tide
Fri -- 08:39 PM AKDT     Sunset
Tide / Current data from XTide NOT FOR NAVIGATION
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Weather Map and Satellite Images
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Ground Weather Radar Station King Salmon
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