Tuesday, April23, 2019 L-36.com


Marine Weather and Tides
Valdez, AK

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10/6/2018 Colors of tide XTide graphs changed to emphasize that they were upgraded. See next note. Comments welcome.
10/4/2018 I have fixed XTide and updated the harmonic files. There were some name changes so you might have to click EDIT to find the new station name.

Sunrise 6:10AMSunset 9:44PM Tuesday April 23, 2019 2:08 AM AKDT (10:08 UTC) Moonrise 1:09AMMoonset 7:24AM Illumination 84% Phase: Waning Gibbous; Moon at 19 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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PKZ126 Port Valdez- 1122 Pm Akdt Mon Apr 22 2019
Tonight..SW wind 10 kt in the evening becoming variable less than 10 kt. Seas 2 ft. Rain and snow. Slight chance of Thunderstorms.
Tue..Variable wind less than 10 kt becoming sw 10 kt in the afternoon. Seas 2 ft.
Tue night..Variable wind less than 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.
Wed..Variable wind less than 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.
Wed night..E wind 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.
Thu..E wind 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.
Fri through Sat..Variable wind less than 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.


7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Valdez, AK
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southcentral and southwest alaska forecast discussion
national weather service anchorage ak
433 pm akdt Mon apr 22 2019

Analysis and upper levels
A large upper low center over bristol bay continues broad
cyclonic flow across of the southern mainland. Low level southwest
cold advection moving up the cook inlet region in combination with
mid level moist easterly flow from the the north gulf is
supporting a convergence band across the anchorage bowl and
matanuska valley. This band is producing widespread snow across
the aforementioned area. The remnants of a frontal band is moving
west across southwest alaska. This band is producing snow and
gusty northerly winds which are reducing visibilities below a mile
in blowing snow. Satellite imagery shows open cell cumulus with
showers, associated with cold advection, spreading south of the
alaska peninsula and recurving north and east across the gulf.

Gusty northwesterly winds with snow showers continue across the
bering sea and central and eastern aleutians.

Model discussion
The canadian regional seems to be doing a fair job of picking up
the snow associated with the convergence band over southcentral.

Some fairly significant model differences occur over the gulf on
Wednesday. The ECMWF anchors the main low near kodiak island
whereas the GFS nam can nh have multiple centers moves the gulf.

Based on the broadening upper trough with lean more toward the can
nh as a good middle ground.

Aviation
Panc...

MVFR ifr conditions in snow should end this evening with the
onset of gusty southerly winds. While conditions should become
predominatelyVFR, a passing snow shower could temporarily drop
ceilings visibilities to MVFR until just after midnight.

Short term forecast southcentral alaska (days 1 and 2)
A negative tilt upper level trough continues to be the dominant
weather feature across the region. A strong cold front is now
pushing into the copper basin with warm air advection out ahead
feeding into a deformation band which has brought snow all day to
anchorage and the mat valley. This area is now spreading
northward and will bring light accumulations to the northern
susitna valley. The cold front will quickly track across the
copper basin this evening and will likely bring a snow squall
through given the strength of the front and the vigorous cold air
advection.

The front will clear the region to the north by Tuesday morning,
but with clearing skies overnight, expect temps to drop well
below freezing region wide with slick conditions possible in the
morning. The remainder of Tue and Wed will then be dominated by
convective snow showers favoring the mountains and mostly light
pressure gradients.

Short term forecast southwest alaska (days 1 through 3 Tonight
through Thursday afternoon)...

an upper level low centered over the state continues to rotate
shortwaves across the eastern bering. Gusty winds, snow, and
blowing snow along the kuskokwim delta coast will continue this
afternoon before tapering off early this evening as the associated
surface low centered near norton sound moves southwest over
nunivak island by Tuesday morning. Lingering snow showers are
expected across all of southwest for Tuesday. Precipitation will
eventually taper off by Wednesday morning as the surface low
departs the bristol bay area and moves into the gulf of alaska.

Weather conditions are expected to generally improve for southwest
alaska for Thursday as a ridge of high pressure builds over the
bering.

.Short term forecast bering sea aleutians (days 1 through
3... Tonight through Thursday afternoon)...

an upper level low centered over mainland alaska will continue to
rotate several shortwaves through the central bering through tue
evening. Northerly flow across the bering will persist through wed
evening with a swath of gale-force winds traversing the pribilofs
tonight through tomorrow morning. By Tue evening, the upper level
shortwave will bring snow and blowing snow to the eastern
aleutians and southern akpen. The associated surface low centered
over the eastern bering quickly departs to the southeast by wed
afternoon into the gulf of alaska. Further west, a ridge of high
pressure moves in over the western bering for Wednesday before
another front approaches the western aleutians by Thursday.

Marine (days 3 through 5)
Unsettled weather across the gulf on Thursday will see a reprieve
on Friday as a surface low dissipates on an easterly track. Across
the bering, a front moves across the western waters and moves
slowly through Saturday as a ridge holds across the eastern waters
through Saturday. There is uncertainty on how fast the bering
ridge breaks down on Saturday as another north pacific front
tracks toward the alaska peninsula; however, the pattern on Friday
should persist through Saturday night.

Long term forecast (days 3 through 7)
After an active weather pattern across the southern mainland
during the beginning of the week, the trends turn toward drier and
warmer for the end of the week. A ridge builds across the bering
mid week and slowly shifts eastward toward the southwest coast.

The low which moves to the gulf on Thursday meanders toward the
panhandle through Friday, then dissipates as it pushes inland.

There has been uncertainty with the next low that moves to the
western bering on Friday; however, models are starting to look
similar on a blocking ridge. A relatively new weather feature the
models are picking up on is a north pacific storm racing towards
the alaska peninsula on Saturday. The net result of this storm and
the front along the west bering may effectively break down the
ridge for the start of next week. There is still a bit of
uncertainty on this evolution... Wpc blends used the 12z GEFS and
00z ECMWF which advertises the ridge breaking down on Sunday with
two advancing low pressure systems heading for the mainland.

Afc watches warnings advisories
Public... Blizzard warning 155.

Marine... Gale warning 155 170>172 179 185.

Heavy freezing spray 181 185.

Fire weather... None.

Synopsis and model discussion... Rc
southcentral alaska... Ja
southwest alaska bering sea aleutians... Ko
marine long term... Kh


Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
VDZA2 - 9454240 - Valdez, AK 4 mi38 min WNW 1 G 1.9 34°F 44°F1003.6 hPa
MRKA2 - Middle Rock Light, AK 18 mi38 min SW 4.1 G 5.1 34°F 1003.7 hPa
POTA2 - Potato Point, AK 20 mi38 min ESE 2.9 G 4.1 34°F 1003.9 hPa
BLIA2 - Bligh Reef Light, AK 34 mi38 min ENE 8 G 8.9 34°F 1002.9 hPa
46060 - West Orca Bay 36NM South Southwest of Valdez, AK 43 mi78 min E 14 G 16 36°F 42°F2 ft1002.5 hPa (+1.0)
CRVA2 - 9454050- Cordova, AK 47 mi38 min Calm G 0 32°F 42°F1003.6 hPa

Wind History for Valdez, AK
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Airport Reports
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AirportDistAgeWind ktVisibilitySky/WeatherTempDewPtHumidityPressure
Valdez 2, AK5 mi72 minN 010.00 miRain33°F30°F92%1005.8 hPa

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Tide / Current Tables for Valdez, Alaska
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Valdez
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Tue -- 02:08 AM AKDT     Moonrise
Tue -- 04:10 AM AKDT     12.66 feet High Tide
Tue -- 06:00 AM AKDT     Sunrise
Tue -- 08:23 AM AKDT     Moonset
Tue -- 10:55 AM AKDT     -0.89 feet Low Tide
Tue -- 05:27 PM AKDT     10.08 feet High Tide
Tue -- 09:28 PM AKDT     Sunset
Tue -- 10:56 PM AKDT     3.41 feet Low Tide
Tide / Current data from XTide NOT FOR NAVIGATION
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4.77.39.911.812.612.310.78.25.12-0.2-0.902.24.97.39.1109.997.45.543.4

Tide / Current Tables for Landlocked Bay, Port Fidalgo, Alaska
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Landlocked Bay
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Tue -- 02:06 AM AKDT     Moonrise
Tue -- 04:06 AM AKDT     12.52 feet High Tide
Tue -- 06:02 AM AKDT     Sunrise
Tue -- 08:26 AM AKDT     Moonset
Tue -- 10:49 AM AKDT     -1.14 feet Low Tide
Tue -- 05:16 PM AKDT     9.87 feet High Tide
Tue -- 09:28 PM AKDT     Sunset
Tue -- 10:50 PM AKDT     3.32 feet Low Tide
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4.87.49.911.812.51210.37.64.51.5-0.6-1.102.34.97.399.89.68.675.23.83.3

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