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Sunrise 7:02AMSunset 5:46PM Friday January 17, 2020 10:44 AM EST (15:44 UTC) Moonrise 12:02AMMoonset 12:04PM Illumination 51% Phase: Third Quarter Moon; Moon at 22 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.
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7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near South Palm Beach, FL
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Area Discussion for - Miami-South Florida, FL
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FXUS62 KMFL 171311 AFDMFL

Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Miami FL 811 AM EST Fri Jan 17 2020

UPDATE. Pre-frontal convection is now moving across central Broward and northern Miami-Dade counties, gradually propagating southward. Accumulations remain low so far with 1hr dual-pole unbiased totals below 0.5 inches. Can't discard the potential for a localized downpour, but so far, vertical development of discrete cells has not been observed. POPs and Wx grids have been touched to better reflect the forward movement of the front, but otherwise, inherited forecast package looks good.

Other area of concern is the approaching higher waves for the Atlantic beaches, especially West Palm Beach County. Latest NWPS/Wave guidance brings 7 ft waves along West Palm beaches by Sat 16Z, which may require the issuance of a High Surf Advisory sometime this afternoon or evening.

Prev Discussion. /issued 638 AM EST Fri Jan 17 2020/

Aviation (12z TAFs) . Scattered SHRA to affect east coast sites, mostly FLL/MIA area, through at least 18z and possibly beyond. MVFR ceilings around 2,000-2,500 ft will accompany these showers, along with brief visibility reductions. Gradually improving weather/ceilings after 00z. NE-E wind increasing to 20-25 knots by 18z, with periodic gusts to near 30 knots east coast sites.

Prev Discussion . /issued 346 AM EST Fri Jan 17 2020/

Windy Today through Saturday. Hazardous Marine and Beach Conditions This Weekend.

Short Term (Today and Tonight) . As of the pre-dawn hours this morning, a band of showers associated with the backdoor cold front approaching South Florida is moving through Palm Beach County and the adjacent Atlantic waters. These showers will progress southward during the morning and reach the Broward and Miami-Dade County area and southern Atlantic waters after sunrise. Behind the initial band of showers, additional scattered showers will move onshore the east coast through most of day and spread inland to about a Lake Okeechobee to Marco Island line. North/west of this line, shower coverage should be rather minimal. PoPs depicted for today closely match the expected southward movement of the boundary, with rain chances peaking during the morning in Palm Beach County . and late morning through early afternoon over Broward, Miami-Dade, and southern Collier counties. Precipitable water values increase to 1.4 inches along the moisture/precip boundary, and along with decent low-level convergence, a few showers are capable of producing brief, heavy rainfall. However, strong high pressure in the mid levels will keep a lid on any deep moisture and convection, and this along with the quick movement of the precipitation will yield average amounts of a quarter of an inch or less.

As the front moves through today, NE winds will increase substantially and become quite gusty by afternoon, especially east coast metro and coastal areas. Frequent gusts near 30 mph can be expected by this afternoon, with peak gusts exceeding 35 mph in spots.

The front will clear the southern tip of the peninsula this evening, with drier air returning to the area in the form of precipitable water value under 1 inch by Saturday morning. Therefore, tonight should be rain-free over almost the entire area. Winds will continue to be strong and gusty tonight, particularly east coast.

Temperatures today will be a few degrees lower due to the clouds, precip, and modified cold air advection. High temperatures will stay in the mid to upper 70s most areas, except near 80 in Collier County. Lows tonight/Saturday morning will also trend a few degrees lower, especially interior and Gulf coast where lows are expected to drop into the mid 50s to lower 60s.

Long Term (Saturday through Thursday Night) . Saturday will be drier with temperatures ranging from the mid 70s along the Atlantic coast to the lower 80s along the Gulf coast. The next frontal boundary will approach northwestern Florida on Saturday morning and progress across the panhandle on Sunday before reaching the peninsula of Florida. As the front moves into South Florida on Monday, not only will rain chances be on the rise but the potential of some thunderstorms cannot be ruled out. A shortwave trough could sync well with the arrival of the convection ahead of and along the surface front which could provide support for some isolated thunderstorms on Monday.

Behind the front on Tuesday, drier and cooler air will begin to push southward along the peninsula of Florida as high pressure builds in over the central United States. Aloft, there is some divergence in the guidance with the GFS providing a solution with a much less defined mid-level trough that is ahead of the ECMWF with a developing cutoff low by Wednesday as both solutions show the trough/low aloft pushing off the southeast coast of the United States. The ECMWF solution has the cutoff low sitting off northeastern Florida by Tuesday night/Wednesday morning which may spur a surface low over the Atlantic waters. On the other hand, the GFS lacks the surface feature with the high pressure building east and south which would place the area more under northeasterly to easterly flow by Wednesday afternoon while the ECMWF solution keeps a more persistent northerly flow with the surface high pinned back to the north and west.

Such large differences between potential outcomes lowers confidence in the temperature forecast for this time range and beyond as the amount of cold air advected southward will be greatly influenced by this feature which models continue to struggle to consistently resolve. If the ECMWF solution is closer to the reality of what happens, then we could see a wind chill concern midweek as winds will be higher due to the gradient between the high to the northwest and the low over the Atlantic. Continue to monitor the forecast as there could be some great variations over the coming days with regards to midweek. The ECMWF ensemble hints at this with a temperature spread that can be 15 to 20 degrees between the highest and lowest members.

Near the end of the period, cooler temperatures remain as the air over the region has not greatly modified and little warm air advection is expected with the easterly to northeasterly flow. Increasing moisture will lead to a return of some Atlantic shower chances. The next disturbance emerges over the central United States to close out the forecast period.

Marine . Hazardous marine conditions over all local waters will be the main story as strong and gusty NE winds move in behind the cold front today. The onset of the stronger wind will be delayed until this afternoon over the southern waters, but solid 25 knot sustained winds are expected by this evening with gusts around 30-32 knots. These values are close to gale conditions, but with 0-1 km winds in the 30-knot range and relatively modest low level lapse rates, don't expect high enough frequency of gale force gusts to warrant a Gale Warning at this time. Small craft advisories are in effect for all waters through at least late tonight, and through Saturday for all Atlantic waters. Large north swell of 4-6 feet (highest off Palm Beach County) is expected to arrive over the Atlantic waters late tonight and continue through Sunday. This will result in wave heights of over 10 feet in the Gulf Stream much of this weekend. Over the Gulf of Mexico waters, seas will peak in the 5-7 ft range well offshore late tonight and early Saturday. Winds will decrease Saturday night, but as mentioned above the seas will take a while to decrease and probably not below 5 feet in the Atlantic until Monday. The next cold front will move through the local waters late Monday, accompanied by showers and a few thunderstorms, then followed by another period of hazardous marine conditions for early next week as north winds increase to 20 knots or higher and seas once again build in excess of 7 feet.

Beach Forecast . Strong and dangerous rip currents will return to the Atlantic beaches today and continue through most of the upcoming holiday weekend. The large swell mentioned in the marine section above will contribute to very hazardous beach conditions and rough surf, especially on Saturday when breaking waves could approach high surf advisory criteria along the Palm Beach County coast. Will let the day shift assess the latest information and trends and determine whether a high surf advisory is needed for Palm Beach County or any other part of the Atlantic coast.

Prev Discussion . /issued 1248 AM EST Fri Jan 17 2020/

Aviation (06z TAFs) . Cold front will move south through the TAF sites between 12z-18z, with lowering ceilings to around 4,000 ft and occasional 2,000-2,500 ft in scattered SHRA. As the front moves south of the area after 18z, gusty NE wind to 25-30 knots will affect the TAF sites with lingering MVFR ceilings around 2,500 ft at east coast sites for remainder of forecast period.

Preliminary Point Temps/PoPs. West Palm Beach 76 68 75 64 / 30 10 0 0 Fort Lauderdale 78 68 75 68 / 40 10 10 0 Miami 78 67 76 67 / 50 10 10 0 Naples 80 61 80 62 / 20 0 0 0

MFL WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES. FL . High Rip Current Risk through Saturday evening for FLZ168-172- 173.

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

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

Small Craft Advisory from 1 PM this afternoon to 1 AM EST Saturday for AMZ610.

GM . Small Craft Advisory from 7 PM this evening to 10 AM EST Saturday for GMZ656-657-676.

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Boca Raton, Boca Raton Airport, FL157 mi4 hrsENE 910.00 miMostly Cloudy72°F68°F88%1023.7 hPa

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Tide / Current Tables for Pelican Harbour, Abaco Island, Bahamas
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Pelican Harbour
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Fri -- 12:01 AM EST     Moonrise
Fri -- 01:14 AM EST     3.24 feet High Tide
Fri -- 06:56 AM EST     Sunrise
Fri -- 07:33 AM EST     0.58 feet Low Tide
Fri -- 08:00 AM EST     Last Quarter
Fri -- 12:03 PM EST     Moonset
Fri -- 01:33 PM EST     3.00 feet High Tide
Fri -- 05:38 PM EST     Sunset
Fri -- 07:50 PM EST     0.39 feet Low Tide
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Tide / Current Tables for Eleuthera Island (west coast), Bahamas
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Fri -- 03:05 AM EST     3.14 feet High Tide
Fri -- 06:52 AM EST     Sunrise
Fri -- 08:00 AM EST     Last Quarter
Fri -- 09:37 AM EST     0.68 feet Low Tide
Fri -- 12:01 PM EST     Moonset
Fri -- 03:24 PM EST     2.90 feet High Tide
Fri -- 05:38 PM EST     Sunset
Fri -- 09:53 PM EST     0.49 feet Low Tide
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