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Pole Ojea, PR

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Sunrise 6:02AMSunset 5:39PM Saturday January 18, 2020 4:52 PM CST (22:52 UTC) Moonrise 12:04AMMoonset 1:42PM Illumination 37% Phase: Third Quarter Moon; Moon at 23 days in cycle
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7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Pole Ojea, PR
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Area Discussion for - San Juan, PR
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Area Forecast Discussion . UPDATED National Weather Service San Juan PR 613 PM AST Sat Jan 18 2020

UPDATE. Marine conditions will deteriorate rapidly and to a greater extent than expected. Please see the details in the marine section below.

Scattered showers are moving into the area as the first bands of the cold front poised near 20 north enter the area. The GFS continues to show the front moving into the area tonight and into Puerto Rico Sunday morning. Satellite imagery however shows no cool tops in the clouds and so anticipate that showers will be generally light to moderate with flooding not anticipated. Moisture at 700 mb begins to return to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands late Sunday afternoon through Monday morning. This is when better shower and better probabilities of rainfall should be expected--focusing mainly on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the eastern half of Puerto Rico. It is during this time also that winds transition to easterly. On Monday winds will be coming more from the southeast. This will likely bring slightly cooler temperatures to the south coast, and two to four degrees warmer temperatures to the north coast both Monday and Tuesday. The GFS model also shows 1000-850 mb temperatures warming during the period.

AVIATION. TAF sites are likely to remain VFR during the next 24 hours, however some mountain obscurations should be expected. An area of moisture is currently moving across TKPK and has brought broken CIGS arnd FL045. A band of moisture associated with the cold front is moving into the FA and is expected to move into PR/USVI btwn 19/06-12Z. Stronger than normal nighttime winds: NE 10-20 kt with gusts to 26 kt near SHRA. Aft 19/14Z sfc winds ENE 10-25 kt with gusts to 30 kt psbl--strongest near the north coast. Max winds WNW 65-75 kt btwn FL400-500.

MARINE. Swell from a storm moving through the western Atlantic have begun moving past buoy 41043. Seas up to 13 feet have been seen but are expected to increase up to 17 feet by 8 AM AST Sunday. Northeast winds are also adding to the confused seas. This will result in considerably higher breaking waves than previously expected. Breaking waves up to 19 feet are expected along the north central coast of Puerto Rico. This will increase the amount of coastal erosion and some salt water intrusion from the Atlantic. The models have been consistently 3 to 5 feet lower than the actual buoy reports and although this may be in part due to the early arrival of the swell from the north, it is still going to bring in much worse conditions. Hazardous seas should begin diminishing by Sunday afternoon, but the last small craft advisories will likely not go down before Tuesday.

PREV DISCUSSION. /issued 200 PM AST Sat Jan 18 2020/

SYNOPSIS . An approaching frontal boundary will increase low- level moisture and instability over the region tonight and early next week. However, with the increasing winds expected, shower activity will be of fast moving nature and therefore no significant accumulations are forecast. The arrival of a long period northerly swell by late tonight, together with wind-driven seas will continue to generate hazardous coastal and marine conditions over most of the local waters. Another frontal boundary will arrive by mid-week, thus producing shower activity across most of the region during the rest of the forecast period.

SHORT TERM . Today through Monday . Dry conditions aloft will prevail through Monday. However, due to low-level moisture associated with an approaching frontal boundary, isolated to scattered showers could be expected from time to time over eastern portions of PR and USVI with the highest activity over the local waters, mainly during the evening hours. However, rainfall estimates are not expected to be significant as shower activity will be of fast moving nature. Starting late Sunday night, a change in wind speeds and direction more to the east will result in breezy conditions and a return of late evening and early morning trade wind shower activity to portions of the local waters and coastal sections of the islands. By Monday afternoon, lingering moisture will combine with local and diurnal effects to produce mostly isolated to scattered showers over parts of the northwestern quadrant of the islands.

LONG TERM . Tuesday through Saturday . From Prev Discussion . The long- term period looks unsettled as a result of several weak frontal boundaries, which will move across the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The frontal boundaries will increase low- level moisture and instability; this will lead to the development of frequent passing showers.

Tuesday through Wednesday, a surface ridge is progged to slide northeast ahead of an intensifying mid to upper-level trough over the western Atlantic. The shift in the surface to the mid-level ridge will result in low-level convergence and weak upper-level divergence across the region. Also, guidance shows a robust low- level jet with winds ranging from 60 to 90 kts persisting across the region through the end of the week. The above conditions, combined with weak troughiness aloft, increasing instability and moisture will result in unsettled weather conditions. Therefore, expected continuous showers to move across Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands during the middle of the week.

Thursday, an area of high pressure is expected to move off the eastern seaboard, this will cause the surface ridge to abate over the region as the frontal boundary strengthens over the Atlantic waters. A cyclonic col is forecast to develop over the region, and this will cause winds to slow and allow moisture to pull over the area from the north/southeast.

Friday, the GFS shows the front boundary across Puerto Rico during the afternoon. The frontal boundary and northerly winds will aid in the development of showers across most of the region on Friday.

Saturday, the GFS shows the boundary draped across the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico through the afternoon, before moving the boundary south of the area late Saturday night into Sunday morning.

AVIATION . Fair weather will persist throughout much of the forecast period. However, a few quick passing showers are expected across the local flying area at times. Clouds and showers will increase from the north by 19/02z. The wind will blow from the ENE at 10-20 kts with gust up to 30 kts.

MARINE . Marine conditions will deteriorate throughout the day. A northerly swell combined with wind-driven seas will increase seas up to 15 feet late tonight and continuing through at least Monday. Breaking wave heights between 10 and 17 feet can be expected with the arrival of this swell. Therefore, small craft and high surf advisories and a are in effect for most of the local waters. Also, coastal flood advisories will go in effect late tonight for the northern coasts of the islands. Refer to local marine products for additional information.

PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS. SJU 72 84 73 85 / 60 60 80 50 STT 73 85 76 84 / 40 50 70 70

SJU WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES. PR . High Rip Current Risk through late Monday night for Culebra- North Central-Northeast-Northwest-San Juan and Vicinity- Southeast.

High Surf Advisory until 6 PM AST Monday for Culebra-Mayaguez and Vicinity-North Central-Northeast-Northwest-San Juan and Vicinity-Southeast-Vieques.

Coastal Flood Advisory until 6 PM AST Sunday for Culebra- Mayaguez and Vicinity-North Central-Northeast-Northwest-San Juan and Vicinity-Southeast.

High Rip Current Risk through late Monday night for Central Interior-Mayaguez and Vicinity-Southwest-Vieques.

High Rip Current Risk from Sunday morning through late Sunday night for Ponce and Vicinity-Western Interior.

VI . High Rip Current Risk through late Monday night for St Croix- St Thomas. St John. and Adjacent Islands.

High Surf Advisory until 6 PM AST Monday for St Thomas. St. John . and Adjacent Islands.

Coastal Flood Advisory until 6 PM AST Sunday for St Thomas. St. John . and Adjacent Islands.

AM . Small Craft Advisory until 8 PM AST Monday for Coastal Waters of Southern Puerto Rico out 10 NM.

Small Craft Advisory until 8 AM AST Tuesday for Atlantic Waters of Puerto Rico and USVI from 10 NM to 19.5N-Caribbean Waters of Puerto Rico from 10 NM to 17N-Coastal Waters OF Northwestern Puerto Rico out 10 NM-Coastal Waters of Northern Puerto Rico out 10 NM-Coastal Waters of Northern USVI and Culebra out 10 NM-Mona Passage Southward to 17N.

Small Craft Advisory until 8 AM AST Tuesday for Anegada Passage Southward to 17N-Coastal Waters of Southern USVI Vieques and Eastern Puerto Rico out 10 NM.

Small Craft Advisory from 2 AM Sunday to 8 PM AST Monday for Coastal Waters OF Southwestern Puerto Rico out 10 NM.


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