Marine Weather and Tides
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|Sunrise 4:19AM||Sunset 11:45PM||Monday June 26, 2017 7:47 PM AKDT (03:47 UTC)||Moonrise 6:43AM||Moonset 10:55PM||Illumination 10%|
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|PKZ141 Kachemak Bay- 348 Pm Akdt Mon Jun 26 2017 |
Tonight..E wind 10 kt. Seas 2 ft. Rain.
Tue..E wind 10 kt. Seas 2 ft. Rain.
Tue night..E wind 15 kt. Seas 2 ft. Rain.
Wed..E wind 15 kt. Seas 2 ft.
Wed night..NE wind 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.
Thu through Fri..NE wind 15 kt. Seas 3 ft.
Sat..SE wind 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.
7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Seldovia Village, AKHourly EDIT Help
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|Fxak68 pafc 270025|
southcentral and southwest alaska forecast discussion
national weather service anchorage ak
425 pm akdt Mon jun 26 2017
Analysis and upper levels
Currently we have an upper low over the south central bering sea
supporting the surface low and associated weak front from the
central bering sea southeast across the alaska peninsula into the
western gulf of alaska. The upper level and surface ridge over the
gulf of alaska into the eastern interior is being pushed east as
the bering system continues to move east toward the mainland.
The subtropical jet is still well to the south of the aleutians.
As this front pushes north into the southern mainland, a ridge is
building in advance of it that will result in the typical
acceleration of wind through portage pass and along turnagain arm.
The remaining area of unstable conditions is over the copper river
basin today. This will be the focus of any thunderstorm activity
for our area of responsibility. With an increase in cloud cover
and moist stable air associate with the front, convective activity
will all but cease for the southern mainland for the next several
days. The persistent nature of the low over the bering sea will
hold that region in the cool wet pattern for the remainder of the
Model agreement remains good as the longwave trough over the
bering sea has become a persistent feature. The models also remain
in good agreement with the timing of the front washing out over
southcentral alaska late today to be followed by a strong
shortwave trough front on Tuesday. The models are in excellent
agreement bringing the developing surface low from the north
pacific into the western gulf of alaska Wednesday night and
Panc...VFR conditions are expected to persist for the remainder
of the day and over night. The decaying front will hold some
clouds in around the 4000-6000 ft level and keep some light rain
over the area into the early evening until the southeast wind
kicks in around 02z. The southeast wind is in response to the
pressure rises as the ridge builds in advance of the front and
should persist over the airfield until nearly midnight before
letting up overnight.
Short term forecast southcentral alaska (days 1 and 2)
The area of instability that has triggered some afternoon, and
potentially evening, thunderstorms along the mountains in the
northern copper river basin will push north further into the
interior tonight. The front that currently moving up cook inlet
and over the northern gulf coast looks to be weakening as it
progresses northward. This will keep most of the rainfall fairly
light this afternoon evening as it moves into the area, and many
areas on the leeward sides of the mountains will see little to no
rain at all. There is an ample amount of moisture riding on the
coat-tails of this frontal system, which will bring light rain to
much of southcentral tonight through Wednesday, and some moderate|
rainfall to areas along the eastern kenai peninsula and northern
gulf coast. For the anchorage and matanuska valley areas, there
will be a good amount of downslope keeping most of the rain out of
the area. However, the reinforcing moisture may bring enough
moisture to these areas to get a little to spill over the
mountains. Winds through turnagain arm and along the copper river
will increase tonight through the middle of the week as the
pressure gradient along the coast increases.
Short term forecast southwest alaska (days 1 through 3)
The first front has moved inland and is now weakening, but
southerly flow aloft is keeping showers over most of southwest
this evening. These will continue overnight before a more
substantial surge of moisture from the north pacific merges with
the bering trough and moves over the region. Expect widespread
rain with this system, albeit not heavy given the low level
southeast winds which will be gusty, especially near the alaska
range and through kamishak gap. The upper trough lifts north
Wednesday afternoon, but another surge of north pacific moisture
will move into southwest Wednesday night and Thursday, keeping
cooler and moist wet conditions across the region.
Short term forecast bering sea aleutians (days 1 and 2)
A broad low over the central bering sea will slowly move
northeast towards the pribilof islands before lifting north
through the bering strait. Rain showers will impact most of the
central and eastern aleutians and pribilof islands through Tuesday
night. Cyclonic flow and the associated winds will weaken as the
surface low fills.
The next low to impact the region moves toward unalaska Wednesday
night and Thursday, but it will only be a glancing impact with
light rain anticipated at this time.
Long term forecast (days 3 through 7)
Friday through the weekend remains in a progressive wet pattern
across the bering and the gulf of alaska as the jet stream along
50n ushers low pressure along a fairly strong jet streak. Multiple
short waves are expected to move inland through the weekend
bringing higher chances for rain. Winds will generally be under
small craft for area marines as the upper level systems move
quickly and lack surface organization. Operational models struggle
to handle the fast moving shortwaves in the extended forecast;
therefore only minor edits were made for the upcoming weekend
into early next week. Wpc data used update the current package is
a fairly even blend of the GFS and ECMWF including the ensembles.
Afc watches warnings advisories
Fire weather... None.
Synopsis and model discussion... Sa
southcentral alaska... Tp
southwest alaska bering sea aleutians... Ja
long term... Kh
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|Stations||Dist||Age||Wind||Air Temp||Water Temp||Waves||Pressure||DewPt|
|OVIA2 - 9455500 - Seldovia, AK||20 mi||48 min||47°F|
|HMRA2 - Kachemak Bay Reserve, AK||24 mi||78 min||SE 9.9||55°F||1012 hPa||43°F|
|FILA2 - Flat Island Light, AK||30 mi||48 min||NW 9.9 G 12||48°F||1012.7 hPa (-0.0)||48°F|
|46108 - Central Cook Inlet - 175||32 mi||40 min||47°F||1 ft|
|AMAA2 - East Amatuli Light, AK||36 mi||48 min||SE 13 G 15||48°F||1013.4 hPa (+0.0)||48°F|
Wind History for Nikiski, AK(wind in knots) EDIT (on/off)  Help
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|Seldovia, Seldovia Airport, AK||19 mi||55 min||N 4||10.00 mi||Overcast||52°F||48°F||86%||1013.3 hPa|
Wind History from ASO (wind in knots)
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Mon -- 12:22 AM AKDT Moonset
Mon -- 03:33 AM AKDT 14.98 feet High Tide
Mon -- 04:52 AM AKDT Sunrise
Mon -- 08:43 AM AKDT Moonrise
Mon -- 10:08 AM AKDT -3.53 feet Low Tide
Mon -- 04:47 PM AKDT 12.66 feet High Tide
Mon -- 10:17 PM AKDT 1.69 feet Low Tide
Mon -- 11:24 PM AKDT Sunset
Tide / Current data from XTide NOT FOR NAVIGATION
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|Port Chatham |
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Mon -- 12:23 AM AKDT Moonset
Mon -- 03:59 AM AKDT 16.60 feet High Tide
Mon -- 04:53 AM AKDT Sunrise
Mon -- 08:45 AM AKDT Moonrise
Mon -- 10:22 AM AKDT -4.89 feet Low Tide
Mon -- 05:00 PM AKDT 15.36 feet High Tide
Mon -- 10:39 PM AKDT 0.65 feet Low Tide
Mon -- 11:25 PM AKDT Sunset
Tide / Current data from XTide NOT FOR NAVIGATION
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