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Marine Weather and Tides
Kenai, AK

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6/25/2017 - NOAA is having a major issue that impact the 7 day forecast load times. Many users are reporting problems. The issue has been reported.
5/23/2017 - Worked with NOAA again to speed up the 7 day forecast load times. Thanks to them for being responsive.
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.

Sunrise 6:22AMSunset 9:42PM Sunday August 20, 2017 3:50 AM AKDT (11:50 UTC) Moonrise 3:00AMMoonset 7:25PM Illumination 3% Phase: Waning Crescent; Moon at 28 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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PKZ140 Cook Inlet North Of Kalgin Island- 317 Am Akdt Sun Aug 20 2017
Today..NE wind 10 kt increasing to 15 kt in the afternoon. Seas 3 ft. Rain.
Tonight..N wind 20 kt. Seas 4 ft. Rain.
Mon..NE wind 15 kt. Seas 3 ft.
Mon night..N wind 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.
Tue..Variable wind less than 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.
Wed..S wind 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.
Thu..NE wind 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.

7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Kenai, AK
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Area Discussion for -
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Fxak68 pafc 200422
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southcentral and southwest alaska forecast discussion
national weather service anchorage ak
822 pm akdt Sat aug 19 2017

Analysis and upper levels
A cold upper level trough continues to encompass much of mainland
alaska and into the north pacific ocean. A bowling ball upper
level low is currently centered over the seward peninsula. With
no prominent forcing features, generally weak scattered showers
have been occurring across the southcentral and southwest mainland
this morning and the region is enjoying a brief break from the
soggy weather pattern this week. Meanwhile, surface high pressure
continues to prevail across much of the west and central bering
with a broad stratus deck.

Model discussion
Models are in good agreement for the short term and are all
indicating that the low will progress into the western gulf on
Sunday afternoon and support the development of a coastal low
level jet. By Tuesday, models begin to diverge with the nam
indicating a much more potent low in the southern gulf of alaska,
while the GFS and ECMWF indicate a weaker low.

Aviation
Panc... The main concern for this afternoon will be ceiling height.

Currently diurnal heating is partly mixing out the cloud deck
across the anchorage airport, but ceilings may lower into the
evening hours. Very light southeasterly winds are expected out of
turnagain arm starting later tonight.

Short term forecast southcentral alaska (days 1 and 2)
The majority of southcentral alaska is experiencing a brief break
in the persistent august rainfall this evening as the shortwave
responsible for last night's rain has moved northeast. While some
stubborn showers will remain this evening over the alaska range
and talkeetna mountains, the majority of the precipitation has
shifted east to the eastern chugach and wrangell mountains.

Overnight tonight, the next low to impact the area will enter the
southwestern gulf of alaska. This system consists of the
reinvigorated remnants of tropical cyclone banyan phased with an
upper-level arctic low dropping south over the alaska peninsula.

The low will push a front through the gulf tonight, reaching the
northern gulf coast by early tomorrow morning. This front will
bring moderate to heavy rain to the gulf coast Sunday morning
through Sunday night. In addition to the rainfall, a gale force
coastal jet will develop along the northern gulf, peaking in
intensity Sunday evening. As the low pressure system retreats
southward to the north pacific Monday and the front along the
northern gulf coast weakens, expect rainfall and winds to taper
off throughout the day Monday.

Short term forecast southwest alaska (days 1 and 2)
The upper low itself will continue to descend into southwest
alaska. With the models still pinging into a due south trajectory
for the low, expect the cold pool directly over southwest with
only a hint of re-curvature on Monday. The jet will track over
the ak peninsula. Late Sunday into early Monday, a tight pressure
gradient will materialize as the low departs for the gulf of
alaska and a ridge builds in resulting in gusty winds over
bristol bay.

Short term forecast bering sea aleutians (days 1 and 2)
High pressure over the northern bering will result in widespread
stable conditions north of the aleutians. Meanwhile, the remnants
of an occluded front south of the archipelago will bring showers
into the vicinity of the aleutians... But the ridge is acting as a
buffer blocking much of the precipitation shield. Expect the
surface low to track eastward into the gulf of alaska. Sunday
night and Monday expect a gap wind event south of the ak
peninsula.

Long term forecast (days 4 through 7)
Beginning the extended period forecast Tuesday night, there will
be a closed upper low over the far southeastern gulf of alaska
with a mobile shortwave trough over the central bering sea. In
between these systems there will be a shortwave ridge axis nosing
into southern alaska with an anchoring trough centered over the
north slope of alaska. This pattern will be the end of a short
quiescent break in the weather. By Wednesday afternoon, the trough
over the bering sea will merge with the anchoring trough over the
north slope with increasing southwest upper level flow ushering in
more clouds and rain to southern alaska. This cloudier and wetter
pattern looks to persist through Friday, although uncertainty
grows by this period as the GFS and ECMWF differ with respect to
the position of the trough and the degree of interior downslope
flow. Coastal locations, especially near the gulf of alaska, will
be wet, but by Thursday and Friday it looks like there is a
possibility that downslope drying dramatically limits interior
precipitation, especially in the ECMWF solution. For now a middle
ground solution will be favored, depicting coastal rain into the
weekend and more showery conditions inland by the end of the week.

Afc watches warnings advisories
Public... None.

Marine... Gales 119 120 130 131.

Fire weather... None.

Synopsis and model discussion... En
southcentral alaska... Rd
southwest alaska bering sea aleutians... Ps
long term... Ja


Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
NKTA2 - 9455760 - Nikiski, AK 13 mi51 min SSW 8 G 8.9 55°F 56°F1006.9 hPa (+0.0)
DRFA2 - Drift River Terminal, AK 48 mi51 min WSW 8 G 8.9 53°F 1006.8 hPa (-0.3)49°F
HMRA2 - Kachemak Bay Reserve, AK 66 mi81 min E 4.1 53°F 1005 hPa48°F

Wind History for Nikiski, AK
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Airport Reports
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AirportDistAgeWind ktVisibilitySky/WeatherTempDewPtHumidityPressure
Kenai, Kenai Municipal Airport, AK2 mi58 minE 59.00 miLight Rain50°F48°F96%1006.9 hPa
Soldotna, AK12 mi55 minESE 410.00 miOvercast50°F46°F89%1007.9 hPa

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Tide / Current Tables for Kenai City Pier, Cook Inlet, Alaska
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Kenai City Pier
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Sun -- 03:35 AM AKDT     21.86 feet High Tide
Sun -- 05:00 AM AKDT     Moonrise
Sun -- 06:30 AM AKDT     Sunrise
Sun -- 11:06 AM AKDT     -3.03 feet Low Tide
Sun -- 04:33 PM AKDT     21.16 feet High Tide
Sun -- 09:24 PM AKDT     Moonset
Sun -- 09:44 PM AKDT     Sunset
Sun -- 11:19 PM AKDT     0.91 feet Low Tide
Tide / Current data from XTide NOT FOR NAVIGATION
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6.311.817.521.221.72016.7126.71.8-1.6-3-1.43.510.316.720.62119.115.711.16.52.81

Tide / Current Tables for Nikiski, Cook Inlet, Alaska
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Nikiski
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Sun -- 03:52 AM AKDT     22.16 feet High Tide
Sun -- 05:00 AM AKDT     Moonrise
Sun -- 06:30 AM AKDT     Sunrise
Sun -- 10:35 AM AKDT     -3.28 feet Low Tide
Sun -- 04:45 PM AKDT     21.74 feet High Tide
Sun -- 09:26 PM AKDT     Moonset
Sun -- 09:45 PM AKDT     Sunset
Sun -- 10:51 PM AKDT     1.58 feet Low Tide
Tide / Current data from XTide NOT FOR NAVIGATION
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8.713.417.921.122.120.516.8126.71.3-2.6-2.90.45.911.917.420.921.719.716.111.66.92.91.6

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Ground Weather Radar Station Kenai, AK
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