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Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Sunrise 6:50AMSunset 6:18PM Friday February 21, 2020 11:28 AM EST (16:28 UTC) Moonrise 5:44AMMoonset 4:41PM Illumination 4% 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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AMZ651 Coastal Waters From Deerfield Beach To Ocean Reef Fl Out 20 Nm- Waters From Deerfield Beach To Ocean Reef Fl From 20 To 60 Nm Excluding The Territorial Waters Of Bahamas- 954 Am Est Fri Feb 21 2020
.gale warning in effect through Saturday morning...
.small craft advisory in effect from Saturday morning through Saturday evening...
Rest of today..North northwest winds 15 to 25 knots with gusts to around 35 knots. Along the coast, seas 2 to 3 feet building to 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas to 6 feet. In the gulf stream, seas 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas to 6 feet building to 7 to 9 feet with occasional seas to 11 feet. Period 7 seconds. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Chance of showers.
Tonight..North winds 20 to 25 knots with gusts to around 40 knots. Seas 6 to 8 feet with occasional seas to 10 feet along the coast and 11 to 13 feet with occasional to 17 feet in the gulf stream. Period 9 seconds. North swell 3 to 6 feet increasing to 3 to 8 feet after midnight. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop. Showers likely late in the evening, then chance of showers after midnight.
Saturday..Northeast winds around 20 knots with gusts to around 30 knots. Seas 7 to 9 feet with occasional seas to 11 feet along the coast and 11 to 13 feet with occasional to 17 feet in the gulf stream. Period 11 seconds. North swell 3 to 8 feet. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas. Chance of showers in the morning, then slight chance of showers.
Saturday night..East northeast winds 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Along the coast, seas 6 to 8 feet with occasional seas to 10 feet. In the gulf stream, seas 9 to 11 feet with occasional seas to 14 feet subsiding to 7 to 9 feet with occasional seas to 11 feet after midnight. Period 10 seconds. North swell 3 to 6 feet. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas. Slight chance of showers late in the evening.
Sunday..East northeast winds 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Seas 5 to 7 feet with occasional seas to 9 feet. North swell around 3 feet in the morning. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas.
Sunday night..East winds 10 to 15 knots along the coast to east 10 to 20 knots in the gulf stream. Seas 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas to 6 feet. Intracoastal waters choppy in exposed areas.
Monday..Southeast winds 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
Monday night..South southeast winds 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots along the coast to south southeast 10 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots in the gulf stream. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet. Intracoastal waters a moderate chop.
Tuesday..South winds 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas to 5 feet. Intracoastal waters a light chop.
AMZ600 Synopsis For Jupiter Inlet To Ocean Reef Fl Out To 60 Nm And For East Cape Sable To Bonita Beach Fl Out To 60 Nm- 954 Am Est Fri Feb 21 2020
Synopsis.. A cold front is currently moving across the south florida waters this morning. Behind the front, increasing northerly winds and building seas are expected today, reaching gale force over the atlantic waters. Gusty north to northeasterly winds will continue tonight into Saturday as high pressure moves over the southeast u.s. And adjacent western atlantic, with periodic showers possible mainly over the atlantic waters. Winds and seas should begin to subside on Sunday as the high pressure weakens and moves farther out into the atlantic.
Gulf stream hazards..SEas building to 8 to 12 feet late today and tonight with gale force gusts expected. Seas of 9 to 13 feet continue Saturday and Saturday night before subsiding on Sunday. The approximate location of the west wall of the gulf stream as of feb 20, 2020 at 1200 utc... 8 nautical miles east northeast of fowey rocks. 11 nautical miles east of port everglades. 11 nautical miles east northeast of lake worth. 12 nautical miles east of jupiter inlet. This data courtesy of the naval oceanographic office.


7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Fort Lauderdale, FL
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Area Discussion for - Miami-South Florida, FL
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FXUS62 KMFL 211449 AFDMFL

Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Miami FL 949 AM EST Fri Feb 21 2020

Update. A cold front is currently marching southward across the area this morning. While cloud cover is increasing slightly ahead of the front, considerable cloudiness should linger through the rest of the day, with northerly winds also increasing down the peninsula behind the boundary. Effectively, these gusty winds will result in building swell and surf heights along the Palm Beach coastline. Therefore, have issued a High Risk of Rip Currents for today and High Surf Advisory beginning overnight for Palm Beach through at least tomorrow evening. For the remainder of the South Florida beaches, a moderate risk of Rip currents exists today before increasing to a High Risk for Broward and Miami-Dade overnight. A Wind Advisory has also been issued for coastal Palm Beach beginning this afternoon through tomorrow morning for wind gusts up to 35 mph.

Besides the accumulating hazards across South Florida today, a chance of showers will continue for mainly the east coast metro and Atlantic waters behind the line of showers associated with the frontal boundary, which is observed on radar this morning.

Prev Discussion. /issued 705 AM EST Fri Feb 21 2020/

Aviation . MVFR to IFR cigs are advecting across South Florida from the north ahead of a cold frontal boundary. Expect IFR cigs this morning becoming MVFR cigs throughout the period. Isolated to scattered SHRA will also be possible throughout the period as the front moves over S. FL.

Prev Discussion . /issued 413 AM EST Fri Feb 21 2020/

Short Term (Friday through Saturday Night) .

Friday .

There is currently a line of showers moving eastward across the offshore Atlantic waters which should diminish throughout the morning as a cold front approaches South Florida from the north. Patchy fog and low ceilings have developed ahead of the frontal boundary and are working their way into South Florida early this morning. The cold frontal boundary is currently located to the north of Lake Okeechobee and is forecast to push through the northern portions of South Florida late this morning. Winds will steadily increase from the north throughout the day today as the frontal boundary progresses southward across South Florida. Isolated to scattered showers are expected with the passage of the cold front and my linger along the Atlantic coast of South Florida throughout the day today. Wind gusts are forecast to reach 25 to 30 mph late this afternoon along the Atlantic coastline of South Florida while the rest of the area will experience wind gusts of 15 to 25 mph. Minimum temperatures this morning will be in the mid to upper 60s and maximum temperatures will be in the 70s across South Florida.

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By Saturday morning, the aforementioned cold frontal boundary will be located to the south of South Florida while cooler and drier air advects into the region behind it. The pressure gradient will remain tight, leading to wind gusts of 20 to 25 mph along the Atlantic coastline of South Florida Saturday morning. Winds will gradually subside throughout the day on Saturday as the pressure gradient begins to weaken. Isolated to scattered showers will remain possible throughout the day on Saturday, especially along the Atlantic coast of South Florida. Minimum temperatures Saturday morning will be in the upper 40s near Lake Okeechobee and inland South Florida, while the eastern areas will experience the upper 50s to low 60s. Maximum temperatures on Saturday will be in the low to mid 70s across South Florida.

Hazardous marine and beach conditions will accompany the passage of the aforementioned cold frontal boundary and should linger throughout the weekend into early next week (see Marine and Beach sections below).

Long Term (Saturday Night through Thursday) .

Surface high pressure builds back over the southeastern United States behind the departing cold front late Saturday into Sunday. Drier conditions will continue through the end of the weekend with a breezy northeasterly to easterly flow capable of pushing any shallow Atlantic showers that form ashore. Temperatures on Sunday will briefly cool to around seasonal norms before a warming trend returns as the week begins.

The next system will emerge over the central United States as a mid- level low over Kansas and Oklahoma spurs a surface low with a cold front draping towards the Gulf coast. The surface high will slide into the Atlantic as this system pushes eastward Monday into Tuesday. As the mid-level low weakens into a trough, the surface low will lift towards the Ohio River valley and Great Lakes region while the front will push into Florida. Eventually the front's progress will slow heading into Wednesday as the surface low pushes into the northern Atlantic waters off New England.

A reinforcing mid-level trough will push through the eastern half of the country to close out the long term forecast period, which should push the surface front across the rest of the peninsula of Florida into the Bahamas and Cuba. Cannot rule out the potential of thunderstorms with this frontal passage, particularly over the warmer Atlantic waters. There is lower confidence in this portion of the forecast as there is some divergence in timing and the synoptic scale features between the different members of global guidance.

The 00z ECMWF is favoring a faster frontal clearance with a more robust Gulf high pressure building in which could usher in some cooler air faster behind the front beyond the forecast period. The 00z GFS is a bit slower with the frontal clearance with the center of the high remaining further north and west. There is plenty of time to keep an eye on things but with this forecast package the trend is favoring the ECMWF solution with the potential of some chillier temperatures not out of the question in the near future.

Marine .

Marine conditions will deteriorate through the day behind the cold front. Most of the waters will see advisory conditions with the Atlantic waters seeing frequent gusts to Gale force. Accordingly, a Gale Warning is in effect for the Atlantic waters starting at 12z along with Small Craft Advisories as necessary for the other waters.

Hazardous seas will build due to these strong winds with the Gulf reaching up to 7 feet and swell aiding the Atlantic to reach 10 to 15 feet over the coming days. Conditions should begin to improve early next week in the Atlantic.

Beach Forecast .

Wind and swell driven increases in surf and waves will create hazardous beach conditions along the Atlantic coast this weekend. A brief westerly to northwesterly flow could create a non-zero rip current risk along the Gulf beaches but that should quickly subside by Saturday. The Atlantic will remain upset through the weekend into early next week.

Another concern is the potential for coastal flooding with high tide due to the new moon this weekend. The northeasterly to easterly wind, persistent swell, and high seas will contribute to the potential for higher-than-normal tides which could create minor coastal impacts for at least this weekend. Will continue to monitor the latest forecast models to see if a coastal flood advisory will be needed for some or all of the coastal areas this weekend. The last few high tide observations are running almost half a foot above predicted levels.

Preliminary Point Temps/PoPs. West Palm Beach 72 59 71 61 / 30 40 30 20 Fort Lauderdale 76 60 72 64 / 20 30 30 10 Miami 77 59 73 63 / 20 20 30 10 Naples 74 50 75 56 / 10 0 0 0

MFL WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES. FL . High Rip Current Risk through Saturday evening for FLZ168.

Wind Advisory from 4 PM this afternoon to 7 AM EST Saturday for FLZ168.

High Surf Advisory from 1 AM to 7 PM EST Saturday for FLZ168.

High Rip Current Risk from late tonight through Saturday evening for FLZ172-173.

AM . Small Craft Advisory until 7 AM EST Saturday for AMZ610.

Small Craft Advisory from 7 AM to 7 PM EST Saturday for AMZ650- 651-670-671.

Gale Warning until 7 AM EST Saturday for AMZ650-651-670-671.

Small Craft Advisory from 1 PM this afternoon to 7 AM EST Saturday for AMZ630.

GM . Small Craft Advisory until 7 AM EST Saturday for GMZ656-657-676.

Update . 11/HVN


Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
PEGF1 3 mi58 min WNW 7 G 16 78°F 1017.2 hPa
VAKF1 - 8723214 - Virginia Key, FL 28 mi58 min W 7 G 11 79°F 79°F1017.6 hPa
LKWF1 - 8722670 - Lake Worth, FL 34 mi58 min NNW 13 G 16 66°F 76°F1017.7 hPa
FWYF1 - Fowey Rocks, FL 37 mi88 min NW 20 G 22 74°F 77°F1018.2 hPa (+1.6)

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Airport Reports
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Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, FL4 mi35 minN 13 G 231.50 miLight Rain Fog/Mist68°F64°F90%1018 hPa
Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, FL6 mi35 minVar 5 G 1410.00 miLight Rain67°F64°F93%1018.6 hPa
Pompano Beach, Pompano Beach Airpark, FL8 mi35 minN 1310.00 miOvercast68°F64°F87%1018.5 hPa
Hollywood, North Perry Airport, FL11 mi35 minNNW 1310.00 miLight Rain70°F66°F87%1018.8 hPa
Miami, Opa Locka Airport, FL17 mi35 minNNW 15 G 2310.00 miLight Rain71°F64°F81%1018.5 hPa
Boca Raton, Boca Raton Airport, FL17 mi41 minNNE 145.00 miFog/Mist68°F64°F88%1018.6 hPa
Miami, Miami International Airport, FL23 mi35 minWNW 13 G 2210.00 miPartly Cloudy80°F66°F62%1017.9 hPa

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Tide / Current Tables for Bahía Mar Yacht Club, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Fri -- 01:09 AM EST     -0.27 feet Low Tide
Fri -- 05:44 AM EST     Moonrise
Fri -- 06:51 AM EST     Sunrise
Fri -- 07:15 AM EST     2.34 feet High Tide
Fri -- 01:41 PM EST     0.06 feet Low Tide
Fri -- 04:41 PM EST     Moonset
Fri -- 06:16 PM EST     Sunset
Fri -- 07:21 PM EST     2.19 feet High Tide
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Tide / Current Tables for Hollywood Beach, West Lake, north end, Florida
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Fri -- 02:19 AM EST     -0.24 feet Low Tide
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Fri -- 08:28 AM EST     1.88 feet High Tide
Fri -- 02:50 PM EST     0.05 feet Low Tide
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Fri -- 08:34 PM EST     1.76 feet High Tide
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