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Bell, FL

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Sunrise 7:20AMSunset 7:47PM Sunday March 29, 2020 8:48 PM EDT (00:48 UTC) Moonrise 9:37AMMoonset 11:39PM Illumination 34% Phase: Waxing Crescent; Moon at 6 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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GMZ765 Expires:202003300715;;264702 Fzus52 Ktae 291833 Cwftae Coastal Waters Forecast For Florida Big Bend And Eastern Panhandle National Weather Service Tallahassee Fl 233 Pm Edt Sun Mar 29 2020 Gulf Coastal Waters From The Mouth Of The Suwannee River To Okaloosa-walton County Line Out To 60 Nm. Seas Are Provided As A Range Of The Average Height Of The Highest 1/3 Of The Waves...along With The Occasional Height Of The Average Highest 1/10 Of The Waves. Gmz730-750-752-755-765-770-772-775-300715- Apalachee Bay Or Coastal Waters From Keaton Beach To Ochlockonee River Fl Out To 20 Nm- Coastal Waters From Mexico Beach To Okaloosa Walton County Line Fl Out 20 Nm- Coastal Waters From Mexico Beach To Apalachicola Fl Out 20 Nm- Coastal Waters From Ochlockonee River To Apalachicola Fl Out To 20 Nm- Coastal Waters From Suwannee River To Keaton Beach Fl Out 20 Nm- Waters From Mexico Beach To Okaloosa Walton County Line Fl From 20 To 60 Nm- Waters From Apalachicola To Mexico Beach Fl From 20 To 60 Nm- Waters From Suwannee River To Apalachicola Fl From 20 To 60 Nm- 233 Pm Edt Sun Mar 29 2020 /133 Pm Cdt Sun Mar 29 2020/
Tonight..Southwest winds 5 to 10 knots becoming north 5 to 10 knots late in the night. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Dominant period 5 seconds. Protected waters mostly smooth.
Monday..East winds 5 to 10 knots becoming south in the afternoon. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Dominant period 5 seconds. Protected waters mostly smooth.
Monday night..Southwest winds 10 knots. Seas 1 to 2 feet. Dominant period 4 seconds. Protected waters a light chop.
Tuesday..Southwest winds 20 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet building to 4 to 6 feet with occasional seas up to 8 feet. Dominant period 4 seconds in the afternoon. Protected waters choppy. Chance of showers and isolated Thunderstorms.
Tuesday night..West winds 20 to 25 knots becoming northwest after midnight. Seas 4 to 6 feet with occasional seas up to 8 feet. Dominant period 6 seconds. Protected waters choppy. Slight chance of rain in the evening. Slight chance of rain showers after midnight.
Wednesday..North winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas up to 6 feet. Protected waters a moderate chop.
Wednesday night through Friday..East winds 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Protected waters a moderate chop.
GMZ700 Synopsis For The Suwannee River To Okaloosa-walton County Line Out To 60 Nm 233 Pm Edt Sun Mar 29 2020
Synopsis.. Southerly winds will prevail through Monday with seas around 3 feet or less outside of apalachee bay. Winds and seas will increase on Tuesday and Wednesday up to small craft advisory levels in association with a frontal system. Thereafter, more tranquil boating conditions will return Thursday and Friday.


7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Bell, FL
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Area Discussion for - Jacksonville, FL
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FXUS62 KJAX 292353 AFDJAX

Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Jacksonville FL 753 PM EDT Sun Mar 29 2020

AVIATION. [Through 00Z Tuesday]

VFR prevails through the late evening. For late tonight and early Monday morning, chance of low cigs and fog again, with the highest confidence at GNV. VLIFR conditions appear likely for GNV, with a chance of IFR or lower for VQQ and JAX. Cigs and vsbys expected to rebound and improve to MVFR by around 13z, then to VFR around 14Z through the rest of the TAF period. Some sct-broken cumulus clouds will develop around 3000-4000 ft Monday afternoon.

Winds will become light and variable over the next few hours through Monday morning. As a weak cool front slides through early Monday morning, light low level flow will shift from west- northwest to north . becoming easterly during the Monday aftn. GNV should still see southwest-west flow Monday afternoon as the front weakens and stalls.

PREV DISCUSSION [339 PM EDT].

NEAR TERM [Through Tonight].

Deep layer ridging is in place over the FL Peninsula today and will shift eastward this evening. Locally, low level winds from the south- southwest at around 5 to 10 mph today, with an onshore seabreeze along the Atlantic coastline this afternoon. Overnight, winds will become light and variable. Record heat continues with afternoon temperatures peaking in the low-mid 90s across the area. Overnight, temperatures will remain above normal in the mid 60s, upper 60s along the St. Johns River and the Atlantic coastline. Fog is expected to develop again overnight in north-central FL and the Suwannee Valley.

Climate:

Site Normal Record Forecast ---------------------------------------------- Jacksonville 76 89 (1991) 93 Gainesville 77 94 (1907) 92 Alma 75 87 (2017) 91 St. Simons Island 71 85 (2015) 87

SHORT TERM [Monday Through Tuesday Night].

A shortwave trough will dig into the Four Corners region on Monday, ejecting into the Southern Plains Monday night, the Southern Mississippi Valley on Tuesday, and the Tennessee Valley Tuesday night. Enhanced upper level divergence from this disturbance will help lower pressures out ahead of it, with a surface low and corresponding cold front developing Monday evening in the Southern Plains. This front will track eastward, moving into the southeast Tuesday and forecast to exit our area overnight Tuesday night. With a deepening low approaching the area, the local pressure gradient will tighten, leading to breezy conditions Tuesday before the front reaches us. Sustained winds of up to 15-25 mph, with potential gusts near 35 mph at times.

There's good model agreement on this being a progressive frontal system, and though there is some discrepancy in the exact timing, the general time frame for our area has consistently been Tuesday afternoon through Tuesday night. Plenty of moisture will be on tap for the front with models showing PW values in the 1.5-2" range, so heavy rainfall will be possible with these storms. However, with a fast forward speed, this is not expected to cause widespread flooding issues. Increasing cloud coverage ahead of the front on Tuesday could limit afternoon temperatures (to the upper 80s) and the amount of instability available, but the GFS still shows 300-800 J/kg MLCAPE advecting into the area coinciding with its timing of the front late Tuesday afternoon, leading to scattered thunderstorms. The southern stream jet will swing across north FL and south GA as this system moves through Tuesday, so deep layer shear is anticipated to be around 50-60 kts with an 850 mb jet of 40 kts. As a result, thunderstorms that develop could produce damaging wind gusts. Although there's not much directional shear, the low level wind speed shear will be around 20-30 kts, so isolated tornadoes will be possible as well.

LONG TERM [Wednesday Through Sunday].

Wed & Thu: A cooler/drier NW flow behind the front will lead to Max temps closer to climo values to start April mostly in the 70s across SE GA and NE FL to near 80 degrees across north central FL. Lows will actually fall into the 40s over interior SE GA and NE FL, otherwise lows generally in the 50s through the dry period under mostly clear to partly cloudy skies.

Friday: Surface winds veer to E to ESE direction by afternoon with a moist southwesterly wind aloft starting to prime the mid to upper level of the atmosphere. There may be a weak vort lobe swinging through SE GA Friday afternoon. There may be some sprinkles or virga over interior SE GA will drier low levels while moisture increases between 700-250 mb with moist SWLY flow aloft. Not enough confidence for wetting rains. Temperatures will modify to the upper 70s to lower 80s.

Saturday and Sunday: There is not great agreement with long range global models at this time frame. On Saturday, high pressure will reside offshore to our east or northeast allowing moisture return in the SSELY flow ahead of next shortwave aloft. This pattern can possibly yield isolated to widely scattered showers with an embedded and isolated storm on Saturday. On Sunday, SSELY flow deepens from the surface to 750 mb further moistening the boundary layer as a stronger perturbation moves into the region. Again, isolated to widely scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms are indicated in the forecast. Max temps next weekend are forecast to be about 3 to 4 degrees above normal with highs in the upper 70s to lower 80s.

MARINE.

Light offshore flow late tonight and early Monday following weak frontal passage. Weak onshore flow develops Monday afternoon with Atlc sea breeze development. Southerly flow increases to 15-20 knots on Tuesday ahead of next cold front, then potential Small Craft Advisory headlines Tuesday night with the frontal passage as offshore flow develops at 15-25 knots that continues into Wed. Flow slowly becomes northerly on Thursday as high pressure builds north of the waters at 10-15 knots but seas remain elevated in the 3-7 ft range.

FIRE WEATHER.

Drier air behind the weak frontal passage tonight will lead to Min RH values as low as 20-25% across inland SE GA Monday but winds less than 10 mph will prevent the need for any Red Flag headlines. Dispersions will run high over parts of southeast GA rest of today, and, ahead a stronger cold front, area-wide for Tuesday. Dry and cooler air returns for Wed and Thu.

HYDROLOGY.

Rainfall amounts will be relatively low for the frontal passage on Tuesday/Tuesday night. Current forecast reflects amounts of around 0.25 to 0.65 inches for portions of southeast GA, with the higher amounts centered from near Alma to Baxley. Into northeast FL, a north to south precip gradient is shown, of just under 0.25 inches around I-10 corridor, and lower amounts going south to Ocala to Bunnell under 0.10 inches.

PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS.

AMG 64 85 61 83 55 / 10 0 0 70 60 SSI 67 81 65 81 58 / 0 0 0 40 50 JAX 66 88 66 87 61 / 0 0 0 30 40 SGJ 65 83 66 86 62 / 0 0 0 30 30 GNV 63 90 63 86 60 / 0 0 0 30 40 OCF 63 90 64 86 62 / 0 0 0 30 50

JAX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES. FL . None. GA . None. AM . None.


Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
KTNF1 - Keaton Beach, FL 39 mi48 min SSW 7 G 8 75°F 1019.9 hPa (-0.3)71°F
CDRF1 - Cedar Key, FL 44 mi48 min WNW 5.1 G 6 76°F 1020.1 hPa (+0.0)69°F
SHPF1 - SHP - Shell Point, FL 78 mi114 min SSW 12 G 14 77°F 1018.8 hPa

Wind History for Cedar Key, FL
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Airport Reports
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Cross City Airport, FL16 mi53 minSW 510.00 miFair75°F67°F78%1020 hPa

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Tide / Current Tables for Steinhatchee River ent., Deadman Bay, Florida
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Sun -- 05:49 AM EDT     2.65 feet High Tide
Sun -- 07:25 AM EDT     Sunrise
Sun -- 10:38 AM EDT     Moonrise
Sun -- 11:17 AM EDT     0.99 feet Low Tide
Sun -- 04:50 PM EDT     3.21 feet High Tide
Sun -- 07:50 PM EDT     Sunset
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Tide / Current Tables for Pepperfish Keys, Florida
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Pepperfish Keys
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Sun -- 05:44 AM EDT     2.62 feet High Tide
Sun -- 07:25 AM EDT     Sunrise
Sun -- 10:39 AM EDT     Moonrise
Sun -- 11:12 AM EDT     0.99 feet Low Tide
Sun -- 04:45 PM EDT     3.18 feet High Tide
Sun -- 07:50 PM EDT     Sunset
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