Marine Weather and Tides
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|Sunrise 4:16AM||Sunset 11:46PM||Friday June 22, 2018 3:03 AM AKDT (11:03 UTC)||Moonrise 3:07PM||Moonset 1:10AM||Illumination 66%|
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|PKZ141 Kachemak Bay- 312 Pm Akdt Thu Jun 21 2018 |
Tonight..SW wind 15 kt becoming S 10 kt after midnight. Seas 4 ft subsiding to 2 ft after midnight.
Fri..S wind less than 10 kt becoming sw 15 kt in the afternoon. Seas 2 ft building to 4 ft in the afternoon.
Fri night..SW wind 15 kt becoming se 10 kt after midnight. Seas 4 ft subsiding to 2 ft after midnight.
Sat..NW wind 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.
Sat night..SW wind 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.
Sun..SW wind 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.
Mon..S wind 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.
Tue..SE wind 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.
7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Homer, AKHourly EDIT Help
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|Fxak68 pafc 220055|
southcentral and southwest alaska forecast discussion
national weather service anchorage ak
455 pm akdt Thu jun 21 2018
Analysis and upper levels
The long-lived cold upper level low is still lurking in the
eastern bering sea today where it has resided for nearly a week.
The upper level ridge that was nosing into the interior of the
state from the yukon yesterday is a little farther north over the
brooks range as the short wave in the northern gulf pushes into
it. This is keeping the upper level south to southeast flow over
mainland southern alaska again today.
At the surface there is the main low between bethel and norton
sound with a trough extending out of it across the interior of
the state. This low can be see in the radar data out of bethel
from early this afternoon.
While models continue to be fine on the synoptic scale, the
smaller features are still a bit elusive. In particular, the
movement of the short waves over southcentral alaska are not
picked up overly well, even on the higher resolution models, much
more than 6 to 12 hours in advance.
Panc... OverallVFR conditions are expected to persist through
Friday. However, there is a chance for a brief MVFR ceiling
overnight into Friday morning as some rain moves through the area.
Some gusty southeast winds will kick in this evening but should
diminish after midnight.
Short term forecast southcentral alaska (days 1 and 2)
An upper level short-wave trough over the northern gulf will
lift northward across southcentral alaska tonight through Friday
morning, with showers spreading northward and becoming more
numerous. Strong low level southeast flow will initially limit
precip in the lee of the kenai and chugach mountains, though this
flow will rapidly weaken overnight as the short-wave moves
overhead. The best chance for steadier showers in anchorage and
the matanuska valley looks to be Friday morning as flow shifts to
southerly right behind the upper wave, as weak cyclonic flow
Conditions will dry out a little bit Friday afternoon in the wake
of the upper wave, with just some scattered convection focused
mainly along the mountains. Saturday will be direr and sunnier as
a weak ridge builds overhead. There will still be enough
instability to produce a few afternoon evening showers, especially
along interior mountains. Sunday doesn't look to bad either,
though the thermal trough will begin to strengthen across inland
portions of southcentral, likely leading to an increase in
afternoon evening showers.
Short term forecast southwest alaska (days 1 and 2)
The main driver of the weather over southwest alaska is the weak
low pressure over the southwest mainland to the weak low over the
eastern bering sea. The upper low is anchored over the eastern
bering sea keeping the upper level flow out of the southeast
across the region. The upper level and surface low will move to
the saint matthew island area by Friday morning. This will shift
the flow to southwest across the region by Friday evening bringing
a more showery weather regime Friday. The cool moist onshore
southwest flow into the southwest mainland is not very conducive|
to increasing the instability. The CAPE becomes slightly elevated
Friday evening along the kuskokwim mountains, however, the chances
for thunderstorms remains minimal and we will stick with isolated
in the forecast for the region.
Short term forecast bering sea aleutians (days 1 and 2)
The surface and upper low over the eastern bering sea will drift
north over saint matthew island Friday then slowly drift west to
the dateline by late Saturday. The presence of this low will help
to keep the eastern bering sea more mixed, thus fog (typically
associated with the bering sea high), will be less extensive over
the bering sea through Saturday. A north pacific low is moving
toward the western aleutians and will be over the shemya to adak
region of the aleutians by Saturday afternoon as a weak 996 to 998
mb low and trough. As the low approaches the western aleutians
Saturday morning, pre-frontal wind may reach gale force briefly.
Long term forecast (days 3 through 7)
The long term forecast begins Sunday night with the deterministic
models and ensemble runs in better agreement than 24 hours ago
with the overall synoptic pattern, especially through late
Tuesday. At the upper levels, a 552dm shortwave low will slide
underneath the ridge over eastern alaska as it comes onshore over
the alaska peninsula. Farther west, two shortwaves along the
aleutians will undercut and phase with the the longwave trough,
keeping persistent cyclonic flow going over the bering. In
between the two, an upper-level ridge tries to build over the
northern gulf. However, the ridge quickly shifts east as the
shortwaves rounding the base of the main trough eject along the
akpen and into southwestern alaska. The biggest question is
placement of the trough over the bering after Wednesday and the
timing of these shortwaves moving toward the alaska mainland.
This all translates to a surface low along the alaska panhandle
Sunday evening with a ridge over the northern gulf. Another
surface low in the southern bering will push an occluded front
over the eastern aleutians through late Monday with a secondary
low developing near kodiak island brining rain along the akpen.
Over southern and southwest ak, afternoon and evening showers will
fire up Sunday through Tuesday along a thermal trough draped
across the interior.
The low moves into the northern gulf for Wednesday, spreading rain
along southern coast with scattered showers continuing for the
interior. It is at this point that the models begin to diverge.
The GFS is still the more progressive solution, pushing the
upper-level trough axis closer to southwest alaska and building a
ridge over the western aleutians. The ec and canadian favor a
continuation of the broad low over the bering and the development
of a stronger, second surface low following the track of the
previous for Wednesday night into Thursday. As of right now, and
given the current synoptic pattern, the ec canadian is preferred
over the gfs. Either way, next week looks to remain quite
unsettled from the eastern aleutians to the northern gulf.
Afc watches warnings advisories
Synopsis and model discussion... Ez
southcentral alaska... Seb
southwest alaska bering sea aleutians... Sa
long term... Tm
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|Stations||Dist||Age||Wind||Air Temp||Water Temp||Waves||Pressure||DewPt|
|HMSA2||7 mi||31 min||WSW 5.1 G 11||47°F||1013.5 hPa||44°F|
|HMRA2 - Kachemak Bay Reserve, AK||7 mi||93 min||WNW 4.1||1012 hPa|
|OVIA2 - 9455500 - Seldovia, AK||17 mi||51 min||46°F||1013.7 hPa|
|FILA2 - Flat Island Light, AK||32 mi||33 min||S 15 G 18||49°F||1014.3 hPa||43°F|
|AMAA2 - East Amatuli Light, AK||55 mi||33 min||WSW 22 G 26||49°F||1014.2 hPa||44°F|
Wind History for Nikiski, AK(wind in knots) EDIT (on/off)  Help
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|Homer, Homer Airport, AK||2 mi||70 min||W 4||7.00 mi||Light Rain||50°F||46°F||89%||1013.8 hPa|
|Seldovia, Seldovia Airport, AK||16 mi||70 min||S 4||10.00 mi||Overcast||48°F||45°F||89%||1013.7 hPa|
Wind History from AHO (wind in knots)
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Fri -- 03:09 AM AKDT Moonset
Fri -- 04:46 AM AKDT Sunrise
Fri -- 04:59 AM AKDT 2.11 feet Low Tide
Fri -- 11:01 AM AKDT 14.12 feet High Tide
Fri -- 05:01 PM AKDT 3.00 feet Low Tide
Fri -- 05:06 PM AKDT Moonrise
Fri -- 11:17 PM AKDT 17.01 feet High Tide
Fri -- 11:29 PM AKDT Sunset
Tide / Current data from XTide NOT FOR NAVIGATION
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Fri -- 03:08 AM AKDT Moonset
Fri -- 04:45 AM AKDT Sunrise
Fri -- 04:55 AM AKDT 2.21 feet Low Tide
Fri -- 11:08 AM AKDT 14.62 feet High Tide
Fri -- 04:57 PM AKDT 3.10 feet Low Tide
Fri -- 05:05 PM AKDT Moonrise
Fri -- 11:24 PM AKDT 17.51 feet High Tide
Fri -- 11:28 PM AKDT Sunset
Tide / Current data from XTide NOT FOR NAVIGATION
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