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Fairhope, AL

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Sunrise 6:26AMSunset 5:44PM Thursday February 20, 2020 10:27 AM CST (16:27 UTC) Moonrise 5:40AMMoonset 4:08PM Illumination 10% Phase: Waning Crescent; Moon at 27 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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GMZ630 Northern Mobile Bay- 451 Am Cst Thu Feb 20 2020
.small craft advisory in effect from 2 pm cst this afternoon through Friday morning...
Today..Northeast winds 3 to 8 knots becoming southeast 8 to 13 knots in the morning then becoming north 18 to 23 knots with gusts to around 25 knots. Waves around 1 foot. Chance of rain in the morning, then rain in the afternoon.
Tonight..North winds 18 to 23 knots. Waves 1 to 2 feet. Slight chance of rain in the evening.
Friday..North winds 18 to 23 knots with gusts to around 30 knots diminishing to 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots. Waves 1 to 2 feet.
Friday night..North winds 8 to 13 knots becoming northeast. Waves around 1 foot.
Saturday..Northeast winds 5 to 10 knots becoming light. Waves around 1 foot.
Saturday night..Winds light becoming northeast 3 to 8 knots. Waves less than 1 foot.
Sunday..East winds 3 to 8 knots. Waves around 1 foot.
Sunday night..Southeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Waves around 1 foot. Chance of showers.
Monday..South winds 8 to 13 knots. Waves around 1 foot. Chance of showers.
Monday night..West winds 3 to 8 knots. Waves around 1 foot. Slight chance of showers.
GMZ600 Synopsis For Pascagoula Ms To Okaloosa Walton County Line Fl Out 60 Nm Including Major Area Bays And Sounds- 451 Am Cst Thu Feb 20 2020
Synopsis..Light to moderate northeasterly winds become southerly this morning then switch to a strong northerly flow this afternoon as a low pressure system moves across the area. The strong offshore flow gradually diminishes Friday into Saturday. A light to moderate southeast flow develops on Sunday then becomes southwesterly on Monday.


7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Fairhope, AL
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Area Discussion for - Mobile/Pensacola, FL
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FXUS64 KMOB 201354 AAA AFDMOB

Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Mobile AL 600 AM CST Thu Feb 20 2020

.AVIATION 12Z issuance . Numerous to widespread rain will affect the area through much of today followed by dry conditions developing by early evening. Northeasterly winds 5 to 10 knots increase to 10 to 20 knots this afternoon. IFR to MVFR conditions prevail today followed by VFR conditions developing overnight.

PREV DISCUSSION. /issued 433 AM CST Thu Feb 20 2020/

NEAR TERM UPDATE /Now Through Thursday night/. A positively tilted upper trof located from the Great Lakes into the central Plains shifts eastward through tonight to extend from the extreme northeast states into the southeast states. During this transition, a surface low develops over the northwestern Gulf and progresses quickly eastward along a stalled frontal boundary located over the northern Gulf, later emerging in the western Atlantic late this afternoon. A massive surface high which extends across much of the central and eastern states meanwhile builds into the region and ushers colder air into the area, especially for the overnight hours. Elevated deep layer moisture is still in place over the area with precipitable water values near 1.5 inches (about 175-200 percent of normal) then finally is replaced by progressively drier air flowing into the area this afternoon into tonight as the upper trof advances into the region. A combination of layer lifting seen from 290-300K, the passing surface low and a series of pesky shortwaves continuing to move across the area ahead of the approaching upper trof will support categorical pops over the entire area today then dry conditions develop early this evening as the drier air flows into the region. Despite a stratiform rain process, moist soil conditions and rainfall totals of up to around 1.5-2.0 inches may lead to some non-river flooding concerns so have opted to keep the current flood watch in place well inland and let the next shift reassess. Highs today mainly range from 50 to 55 well inland to 60 to 65 closer to the coast. Lows tonight range from the lower 30s well inland to the upper 30s close to the coast. A moderate risk of rip currents continues through tonight. /29

SHORT TERM /Friday Through Saturday night/. Dry conditions continue over the area on Friday as a large surface high settles over the eastern states. Highs will be mainly in the lower 50s. Upper level northwest flow and sfc high pressure will continue through Saturday, maintaining clear skies and cool conditions. Temps will continue below normal on Saturday with highs in the mid and upper 50s and lows in the upper 20s/low 30s Friday night and mid/upper 30s inland to low 40s along the coast Saturday night. 29/13

EXTENDED TERM /Sunday Through Wednesday/. The extended term will begin as an upper level, southern-stream trough moves off over the Atlantic and upper level ridging begins to advance over the southeastern CONUS. This ridge will dominate through much of the weekend, but another trough will develop over the southwestern CONUS early Sunday. This feature will progress eastward and then move across the region early next week. A series of shortwaves will then move along the flow into midweek. By early Sunday, high pressure will begin to shift east and a low pressure system will develop east of the Four Corners. By Monday, this low will progress over the upper Mississippi Valley, with a warm front over the Tennessee Valley and a cold front draped over the ARKLATEX region. This will put our area in the warm sector Monday morning. Cold FROPA is then expected over our area by Tuesday morning. A reinforcing cold front is then expected to move through the area into midweek.

For sensible weather, dry and clear conditions will be the story through Saturday. Rain chances will return once again by Sunday afternoon, with better chances late Sunday through Monday. At this time, did not mention thunder on Monday due to little to no instability shown by model guidance; but, this will continue to be monitored. A continued unsettled pattern is likely to then persist through the rest of the extended term. /26

MARINE. Light to moderate northeasterly winds become southerly this morning then switch to a strong northerly flow this afternoon as a low pressure system moves across the area. The strong offshore flow gradually diminishes Friday into Saturday. A Small Craft Advisory remains in effect for most of the area beginning early this afternoon and continuing through Friday afternoon before ending over the near shore waters, then ends over the 20-60 nm portion by late Friday evening. A light to moderate southeast flow develops on Sunday then becomes southwesterly on Monday. /29

PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS. Mobile 59 35 53 33 58 38 64 52 / 100 20 0 0 0 0 0 50 Pensacola 65 39 54 36 57 42 62 54 / 90 20 0 0 0 0 0 40 Destin 67 42 53 38 56 43 61 55 / 90 30 0 0 0 0 0 40 Evergreen 59 35 53 29 59 35 63 47 / 100 10 0 0 0 0 0 60 Waynesboro 51 31 50 28 57 34 62 48 / 100 10 0 0 0 0 10 70 Camden 55 33 50 29 58 35 62 47 / 100 10 0 0 0 0 10 70 Crestview 64 38 53 32 58 35 64 50 / 100 20 0 0 0 0 0 40

MOB WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES. AL . Flash Flood Watch through this afternoon for ALZ051>055-057-058.

FL . None. MS . Flash Flood Watch through this afternoon for MSZ067.

GM . Small Craft Advisory from 2 PM this afternoon to 6 PM CST Friday for GMZ650-655.

Small Craft Advisory from 2 PM this afternoon to noon CST Friday for GMZ630>632.

Small Craft Advisory from 2 PM this afternoon to midnight CST Friday night for GMZ670-675.



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Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
WKXA1 - Weeks Bay Reserve, AL 10 mi103 min 63°F 1019 hPa62°F
WBYA1 11 mi58 min 65°F
PTOA1 11 mi58 min 60°F 60°F
MBPA1 12 mi58 min 61°F 61°F
MCGA1 - 8736897 - Coast Guard Sector Mobile, AL 12 mi58 min 67°F 59°F1019.9 hPa
OBLA1 - 8737048 - Mobile State Docks, AL 13 mi58 min 1019.8 hPa
CRTA1 - Cedar Point, AL 23 mi58 min N 1.9 61°F 1019 hPa
DPIA1 - Dauphin Island, AL 25 mi88 min SSE 1 G 1.9 61°F 1019 hPa (+0.5)
FMOA1 - 8734673 - Fort Morgan, AL 25 mi58 min 63°F 1019.3 hPa
PPTA1 26 mi58 min 64°F 1019.6 hPa
KATA1 - Katrina Cut, AL 29 mi88 min SE 1.9 56°F 1019.6 hPa (+0.7)
GDXM6 - Grand Bay Reserve, MS 33 mi103 min ESE 4.1 61°F 1020 hPa61°F
PCLF1 - 8729840 - Pensacola, FL 36 mi58 min 64°F 1019.3 hPa
42012 - Orange Beach AL Buoy 39 mi38 min S 3.9 G 5.8 67°F 64°F2 ft1019.2 hPa
PNLM6 - 8741533 - Pascagoula NOAA Lab, MS 40 mi64 min 61°F
PTBM6 - 8741003 - Petit Bois Island, MS 42 mi58 min 1019 hPa

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Airport Reports
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AirportDistAgeWind ktVisibilitySky/WeatherTempDewPtHumidityPressure
Sonny Callahan Airport, AL8 mi53 minN 010.00 miOvercast63°F62°F100%1019.3 hPa
Mobile, Mobile Downtown Airport, AL12 mi35 minN 04.00 miLight Rain Fog/Mist64°F62°F93%1019.8 hPa
Mobile, Mobile Regional Airport, AL22 mi32 minN 01.50 miLight Rain Fog/Mist61°F60°F97%1019.6 hPa
Jack Edwards Airport, AL22 mi53 minN 010.00 miLight Drizzle65°F64°F97%1019.3 hPa

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Tide / Current Tables for Great Point Clear, Mobile Bay, Alabama
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Great Point Clear
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Thu -- 04:40 AM CST     Moonrise
Thu -- 06:27 AM CST     Sunrise
Thu -- 07:59 AM CST     -0.48 feet Low Tide
Thu -- 03:08 PM CST     Moonset
Thu -- 05:43 PM CST     Sunset
Thu -- 08:47 PM CST     1.36 feet High Tide
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Tide / Current Tables for Mobile (Mobile State Docks), Alabama
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Mobile (Mobile State Docks)
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Thu -- 04:41 AM CST     Moonrise
Thu -- 06:28 AM CST     Sunrise
Thu -- 08:56 AM CST     -0.52 feet Low Tide
Thu -- 03:08 PM CST     Moonset
Thu -- 05:43 PM CST     Sunset
Thu -- 09:50 PM CST     1.46 feet High Tide
Tide / Current data from XTide NOT FOR NAVIGATION
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