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Matlacha, FL

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Sunrise 7:14AMSunset 6:04PM Thursday January 23, 2020 5:55 AM EST (10:55 UTC) Moonrise 6:20AMMoonset 5:04PM Illumination 3% 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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GMZ836 Charlotte Harbor And Pine Island Sound- 338 Am Est Thu Jan 23 2020
Today..Northeast winds around 5 knots. Bay and inland waters smooth.
Tonight..East winds around 5 knots. Bay and inland waters smooth.
Friday..Southeast winds around 5 knots then becoming southwest in the afternoon. Bay and inland waters smooth.
Friday night..West winds around 5 knots then becoming north after midnight. Bay and inland waters smooth.
Saturday..North winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop.
Saturday night..North winds around 10 knots. Bay and inland waters a light chop.
Sunday..North winds around 5 knots. Bay and inland waters smooth.
Sunday night..Northeast winds around 5 knots. Bay and inland waters smooth. A chance of showers after midnight.
Monday..East winds around 5 knots. Bay and inland waters smooth. A chance of showers.
GMZ800 Synopsis For The Coastal Waters From Bonita Beach To Suwannee River- 338 Am Est Thu Jan 23 2020
Synopsis.. Wind and seas will continue to slowly diminish and subside today as low pressure over the western atlantic moves further to the east with northeast to east winds in the 10 to 15 knot range and seas of 2 to 3 feet expected. High pressure will move into the atlantic tonight as the next storm system moves from the central u.s. Into the ohio valley. A cold front will move south through the waters Friday night into early Saturday with some isolated showers along and ahead of it. Southeast to south winds on Friday will become south to southwest Friday night ahead of the front, then shifting to the northwest and north in its wake Saturday night into Sunday. Wind and seas should remain below 15 knots and 5 feet through the period with no headlines expected.


7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Matlacha, FL
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Area Discussion for - Tampa Bay, FL
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FXUS62 KTBW 230800 AFDTBW

Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Tampa Bay Ruskin FL 300 AM EST Thu Jan 23 2020

SHORT TERM (Today - Friday). Ample low level moisture moving in from the Atlantic within a low level northeast wind flow under a subsidence inversion is supporting considerable low clouds across the forecast area early this morning. These clouds should linger through mid morning before mixing out with skies becoming partly cloudy the remainder of the day. Temperatures will continue to moderate today with highs climbing into the lower to mid 70s during the afternoon.

Tonight into Friday high pressure along the eastern seaboard will shift east into the Atlantic as an upper level low and attendant surface low over the central U.S. moves east into the Ohio Valley. As the high moves eastward, northeast to east winds today will become southeast to south on Friday, then south to southwest Friday night ahead of the next cold front which will be approaching from the west. Increasing moisture ahead of the front will support increasing cloudiness tonight through Friday along with some isolated showers (Pops 20%) developing from the I-4 corridor north into the Nature Coast during Friday afternoon within the pre-frontal warm sector. Temperatures tonight into Friday will continue to moderate with lows tonight in the mid to upper 50s, with highs on Friday climbing into the mid an upper 70s.

LONG TERM (Friday night - Wednesday). Mid level ridging over the open Atlantic shifts east as a low above the Ohio Valley . with a surface reflection and a cold front arcing down into the eastern Gulf of Mexico . tracks northeastward The low reaches New England early Mon. having swept the cold front down the state to the Florida Keys by early Sat morning and trailing broad cyclonic flow aloft the eastern U.S.

During the first half of next week the cyclonic flow exits the nation while a ridge from northeast Mexico to the Canadian Prairies slides to the Atlantic coast. The front briefly lifts back into south FL Mon then shifts south Tue and Wed . in response to high pressure building into the Gulf of Mexico from the north that moves to the eastern seaboard.

The front will have limited moisture when it passes through Fri night with only a few showers possible. The weekend for the most part will be rain free with temperatures on the cool side of normal. Then Sun night into Mon a short wave trough sliding through the cyclonic flow to the north and the front lifting to south FL will provide enough moisture and lift for scattered showers. Dry and cooler air returns for Tue-Wed with coolish temperatures warming to around normal.

AVIATION. Ample low level moisture within a northeast to east wind flow will support prevailing MVFR/IFR cigs at the terminals through 15Z, with VFR returning thereafter. Northeast to east winds at 8 to 12 knots will prevail through the forecast period.

MARINE. Wind and seas will continue to slowly diminish and subside today as the gradient weakens across the area as low pressure over the western Atlantic moves further to the east with northeast to east winds in the 10 to 15 knot range and seas of 2 to 3 feet expected. High pressure will move into the Atlantic tonight as the next storm system moves from the central U.S. into the Ohio Valley. As the high shifts eastward northeast to east winds today will veer to the southeast and south on Friday, then become south to southwest Friday night ahead of the next cold front approaching from the west. Winds will shift to the northwest and north early on Saturday as the cold front moves south through the waters. High pressure building in over the northern Gulf in the wake of the front and a weak trough of low pressure sliding east across the southern Gulf will support north to northeast winds over the Gulf waters on Sunday and Monday. Wind and seas should remain below 15 knots and 5 feet through the period with no headlines expected.

FIRE WEATHER. Humidity values are forecast to remain above critical levels through the end of the week with no Red Flag conditions expected. A cold front will move through the area Friday night into early Saturday with some isolated showers along and ahead of it. In the wake of the front cooler and drier air will again move into the region Saturday night into Sunday. This drier air will support a few hours of humidity values below 35 percent across south-central interior zones Sunday afternoon. Despite the low humidity low ERC values combined with light winds will preclude Red Flag conditions.

Preliminary Point Temps/PoPs. TPA 74 60 75 55 / 0 10 20 10 FMY 76 59 77 59 / 0 10 10 10 GIF 75 58 78 54 / 10 10 20 10 SRQ 75 59 77 58 / 0 10 10 10 BKV 74 55 77 48 / 0 10 20 10 SPG 74 61 75 57 / 0 10 20 10

TBW WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES. FL . None. Gulf waters . None.

SHORT TERM/AVIATION/MARINE/FIRE WEATHER . 57/McMichael LONG TERM/DECISION SUPPORT . 09/Rude


Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
FMRF1 - 8725520 - Fort Myers, FL 11 mi56 min 53°F 60°F1016.7 hPa (-1.3)
NPSF1 - 8725110 - Naples, FL 37 mi56 min 55°F 62°F1016.7 hPa (-1.0)
VENF1 - Venice, FL 37 mi56 min NE 7 G 11 51°F 63°F1017.1 hPa (-1.4)51°F
RKXF1 - Rookery Bay Reserve, FL 45 mi71 min E 5.1 54°F 1017 hPa53°F

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Airport Reports
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AirportDistAgeWind ktVisibilitySky/WeatherTempDewPtHumidityPressure
Fort Myers, Page Field, FL11 mi63 minNE 59.00 miOvercast53°F50°F89%1017.1 hPa
Fort Myers, Southwest Florida International Airport, FL18 mi63 minNE 1010.00 miOvercast52°F50°F93%1016.8 hPa
Punta Gorda, Charlotte County Airport, FL20 mi63 minNNE 66.00 miFog/Mist51°F50°F96%1017.6 hPa

Link to 5 minute data for KFMY

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Tide / Current Tables for Matlacha Pass (bascule bridge), Florida
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Matlacha Pass (bascule bridge)
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Thu -- 12:14 AM EST     1.82 feet High Tide
Thu -- 06:20 AM EST     Moonrise
Thu -- 07:16 AM EST     Sunrise
Thu -- 09:20 AM EST     -0.65 feet Low Tide
Thu -- 04:25 PM EST     0.95 feet High Tide
Thu -- 05:03 PM EST     Moonset
Thu -- 06:03 PM EST     Sunset
Thu -- 07:28 PM EST     0.89 feet Low Tide
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1.81.81.61.410.60.2-0.2-0.5-0.6-0.6-0.4-00.30.70.90.90.90.90.90.911.31.5

Tide / Current Tables for Boca Grande Pass, Charlotte Harbor, Florida Current
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Boca Grande Pass
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Thu -- 04:07 AM EST     -3.27 knots Max Ebb
Thu -- 06:21 AM EST     Moonrise
Thu -- 07:17 AM EST     Sunrise
Thu -- 08:02 AM EST     0.01 knots Slack
Thu -- 11:28 AM EST     2.73 knots Max Flood
Thu -- 05:00 PM EST     0.02 knots Min Flood
Thu -- 05:04 PM EST     Moonset
Thu -- 06:03 PM EST     Sunset
Thu -- 09:34 PM EST     2.01 knots Max Flood
Tide / Current data from XTide NOT FOR NAVIGATION
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