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Marine Weather and Tides
Point MacKenzie, AK

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Sunrise 4:46AMSunset 11:06PM Wednesday May 23, 2018 2:17 PM AKDT (22:17 UTC) Moonrise 1:08PMMoonset 2:15AM Illumination 66% Phase: Waxing Gibbous; Moon at 9 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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PKZ129 Passage Canal- 352 Am Akdt Wed May 23 2018
Today..Variable wind less than 10 kt becoming E 10 kt in the afternoon. Seas 2 ft.
Tonight..E wind 10 kt. Seas 2 ft. Rain showers.
Thu..E wind 10 kt. Seas 2 ft. Widespread rain showers.
Thu night..E wind 15 kt. Seas 2 ft.
Fri through Sun..E wind 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.

7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Point MacKenzie, AK
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southcentral and southwest alaska forecast discussion... Corrected
national weather service anchorage ak
752 am akdt Wed may 23 2018

Analysis and upper levels
A 986 mb low spanning over much of the bering continues to move
eastward this morning. An upper level jet streak on the south
side of this low maxes out near 140 knots. In response, surface
winds along the aleutians have reached gale force through the
overnight hours. Ahead of the low, a leading front is bringing light
rain to the alaska peninsula.

Over the gulf, a weakening low continues to generate coastal
showers. Rain showers are also observed on radar this morning in
the matanuska valley and on the eastern side of the kenai
peninsula. Gusty southeast winds across western and southern
anchorage are still occurring early this morning due to a thermal
trough in place over the susitna valley. A large area of stratus
and fog that developed overnight persists this morning along the
southwest coast thanks to a relatively stable airmass out ahead of
the incoming bering front.

Model discussion
Models have been in good agreement for the near term with the
bering low and the weakening gulf low. Preference was given to
the NAM for higher resolution through the next 48 hours.

Uncertainty arises later this week with the position and timing
of a developing closed low along a front in the gulf - a few more
model runs are needed to increase confidence.

Short term forecast southcentral alaska (days 1 and 2 Wed and
thu)...

the pattern will be slow to change for the next several days. The
broad trough over the gulf of ak will undergo a replacement cycle.

However, the net effect on sensible weather will be very little.

The trough (and embedded closed low) will be overcome and pushed
into the gulf coast by a warm occluded front from the aleutians
late today into thu. This will allow wet weather to persist from
the southern kenai peninsula through cordova. For inland areas
today, expect another round of afternoon showers. These will form
mainly along the mountains. Steering flow should carry them off to
the w-nw. This could favor some steadier rain over the northern
half of the susitna valley as we go into the overnight. With
little pattern change today, expect the gusty southeast winds to
once again plague west anchorage, palmer, the turnagain arm, and
parts of the copper river basin.

The warm occlusion ushers in the next trough on thu. This will
once again bring wet weather to kodiak island and nearly the
entire gulf coast. The front itself may provide enough "down-
inlet" offshore gradient to keep the southeast winds from getting
into anchorage Thu afternoon. With the warmer 850mb (5000')
temperatures, there is a bit more convective available potential
energy (cape) this time of year. While we don't think there is
potential for thunderstorms in this time period, there certainly
could be some heavier showers and graupel.

Aviation
Panc...VFR conditions will persist. The winds continue to be
tricky, lasting longer into the night than usual. Think there will
still be brief lull later this morning before they increase again
this afternoon. Showers will drift off the mountains, but
conditions should remainVFR. Offshore gradient should drop the
winds off earlier this evening into thu.

Short term forecast southwest alaska (days 1 and 2)
The frontal system currently stretched across the western alaska
peninsula early this morning will track slowly east to stall over
the eastern bering and central alaska peninsula just offshore of
southwest mainland alaska this afternoon before shearing apart
tonight through Thursday morning. Breezy east to southeasterly
winds will increase along the coast today and out of gaps and
passes in the alaska and aleutian ranges. With the approach of
the front helping to stabilize conditions somewhat, expect to see
precipitation limited to isolated to scattered showers with any
thunderstorms remaining north of the area. For Thursday, generally
easterly flow will continue with a trough brushing by to the
north increasing shower coverage over northern portions of the
kuskokwim valley and delta.

Short term forecast bering sea aleutians (days 1 and 2)
A broad vertically stacked level low in the southwestern bering
will gradual fill as it progresses east to the central bering
through this afternoon and evening. The low will then drift slowly
south tonight and Thursday, crossing the aleutian chain near 170w
Thursday night. Ridging will then build in over the bering from
the northwest.

Long term forecast (days 3 through 7)
Beginning Friday, an upper level low will continue to dominate
the weather over the southern mainland bringing continued cloudy,
showery, and somewhat cooler weather to the region, especially
along coastal areas. A shortwave trough will move north into the
gulf on Friday bringing another round of rain to the coast though
precipitation should stay mostly on the east side of the mountain
ranges. A more well defined low pressure system will move into the
northern pacific southern gulf region by Saturday keeping cloudy
and showery conditions over coastal areas, though due to the more
southern and eastern location of the low precipitation should be
focused more over southeast alaska, with only isolated to
scattered showers over southcentral. With plenty of breaks in
between cloud cover, especially for more inland locations, temps
should be able to warm up into the 60's over the weekend. By
memorial day, models are all showing the low over the gulf moving
east out of the area allowing a ridge of high pressure to build in
by the afternoon. This should lead to a pretty decent day for
outdoor activities over most of the southern mainland.

Further west, a frontal system will rapidly move east across the
aleutians and bering sea Sunday through Tuesday, following closely behind
the transiting ridge. Models are not in agreement regarding timing
of this system, with the GFS bringing a front across the west
coast by Monday afternoon and the ec delaying it into Tuesday.

Regardless, there is consensus that there will only be a brief
period of quasi summer-like weather for the region as we head into
next week.

Afc watches warnings advisories
Public... None.

Marine... Gale warning 176 177.

Synopsis and model discussion... Ko
southcentral alaska... Mso
southwest alaska bering sea aleutians... Jer
long term... Kvp


Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
ANTA2 - 9455920 - Anchorage, AK 7 mi48 min W 5.1 G 7 49°F 45°F1009.5 hPa
NKTA2 - 9455760 - Nikiski, AK 82 mi48 min NNE 13 G 17 52°F 43°F1008.8 hPa
SWLA2 - 9455090- Seward, AK 83 mi48 min 46°F

Wind History for Anchorage, AK
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Airport Reports
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AirportDistAgeWind ktVisibilitySky/WeatherTempDewPtHumidityPressure
Anchorage, Lake Hood Seaplane Base, AK4 mi25 minN 610.00 miFair55°F37°F53%1009.1 hPa
Anchorage, Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, AK4 mi25 minS 410.00 miMostly Cloudy55°F37°F53%1008.9 hPa
Anchorage, Merrill Field Airport, AK10 mi25 minNNW 610.00 miMostly Cloudy54°F37°F55%1009 hPa
Anchorage, Elmendorf Air Force Base, AK12 mi22 minWNW 410.00 miMostly Cloudy54°F38°F55%1008.4 hPa

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Tide / Current Tables for Anchorage (Knik Arm), Alaska
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Anchorage (Knik Arm)
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Wed -- 02:35 AM AKDT     27.69 feet High Tide
Wed -- 04:14 AM AKDT     Moonset
Wed -- 04:52 AM AKDT     Sunrise
Wed -- 09:11 AM AKDT     6.50 feet Low Tide
Wed -- 02:55 PM AKDT     25.13 feet High Tide
Wed -- 03:06 PM AKDT     Moonrise
Wed -- 09:30 PM AKDT     4.80 feet Low Tide
Wed -- 11:01 PM AKDT     Sunset
Tide / Current data from XTide NOT FOR NAVIGATION
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20.32527.327.52622.918.513.38.86.67.611.616.921.524.325.124.221.81813.28.45.25.28.6

Tide / Current Tables for Anchorage, Knik Arm, Cook Inlet, Alaska
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Anchorage
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Wed -- 02:53 AM AKDT     28.16 feet High Tide
Wed -- 04:14 AM AKDT     Moonset
Wed -- 04:52 AM AKDT     Sunrise
Wed -- 09:20 AM AKDT     4.76 feet Low Tide
Wed -- 03:06 PM AKDT     Moonrise
Wed -- 03:07 PM AKDT     26.08 feet High Tide
Wed -- 09:48 PM AKDT     2.32 feet Low Tide
Wed -- 11:01 PM AKDT     Sunset
Tide / Current data from XTide NOT FOR NAVIGATION
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18.223.126.928.126.422.617.813.18.55.15.910.71620.424.226.12521.717.212.68.13.82.45.9

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