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Belle Fontaine, AL

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Sunrise 6:38AMSunset 7:13PM Thursday April 2, 2020 1:15 PM CDT (18:15 UTC) Moonrise 1:21PMMoonset 2:50AM Illumination 72% Phase: Waxing Gibbous; Moon at 10 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- 1030 Am Cdt Thu Apr 2 2020
Today..Northeast winds 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots becoming south 3 to 8 knots. Waves around 1 foot.
Tonight..Southwest winds 3 to 8 knots becoming east. Waves less than 1 foot.
Friday..East winds 3 to 8 knots becoming south. Waves around 1 foot.
Friday night..South winds 3 to 8 knots becoming light. Waves around 1 foot.
Saturday..Northeast winds 3 to 8 knots becoming southeast. Waves around 1 foot.
Saturday night..South winds 3 to 8 knots becoming east. Waves around 1 foot. Slight chance of showers after midnight.
Sunday..East winds 3 to 8 knots. Waves around 1 foot. Slight chance of showers.
Sunday night..Southeast winds 3 to 8 knots. Waves around 1 foot. Slight chance of showers.
Monday..Southeast winds 3 to 8 knots. Waves around 1 foot. Chance of showers and slight chance of Thunderstorms.
Monday night..South winds 3 to 8 knots. Waves around 1 foot. Slight chance of showers and Thunderstorms.
GMZ600 Synopsis For Pascagoula Ms To Okaloosa Walton County Line Fl Out 60 Nm Including Major Area Bays And Sounds- 1030 Am Cdt Thu Apr 2 2020
Synopsis..A light to moderate north to northeast flow this morning subsides becoming more onshore through the day. Light winds continue into the weekend with a southeast to south flow developing during the afternoon hours. Onshore flow continues into the first of next week. A return to a chance of showers by Saturday night and Sunday with perhaps a few storms by Monday.


7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Belle Fontaine CDP, AL
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Area Discussion for - Mobile/Pensacola, FL
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FXUS64 KMOB 021138 AFDMOB

Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Mobile AL 638 AM CDT Thu Apr 2 2020

AVIATION. 12Z issuance . No impacts to approaches and departures. VFR conditions next 24 hrs. Winds light. /10

PREV DISCUSSION. /issued 419 AM CDT Thu Apr 2 2020/

NEAR TERM UPDATE /Now Through Friday/ . Upper air analysis this morning shows a short-wave high level ridge slipping eastward over the MS River Valley. Beneath this feature, surface high pressure extends from the Great Lakes, southward to the Gulf. The short- wave ridge aloft remains fixed in place through the remainder of the week with surface high pressure only migrating very slowly east. Other than some passing cirrus, expecting mostly clear skies across the region today before a more broken to overcast deck moves in from the west tonight. Dry weather continues. Winds remain light and out of the northeast, with the exception being a brief period of southerly winds right along the coast this afternoon and early evening as a weak sea breeze (yes, it's that season again) forms and pushes inland.

Highs this afternoon reach the mid 70s across much of the area. Lows tonight a few degrees warmer due to the increase in cloud cover, only dipping into the lower 50s inland and mid to upper 50s along the coast. Friday's highs moderate a bit more, lifting into the upper 70s to lower 80s. /10/49

SHORT TERM /Friday night Through Saturday night/ . A surface ridge of high pressure extending from the Great Lakes southward across the Tennessee Valley and southeastern U.S. Friday night will slowly shift toward the east coast on Saturday. A dry surface airmass will remain in place across our forecast area along with a persisting surface ridge through Saturday afternoon, with surface dewpoints remaining in the mid 40s to mid 50s. The lack of deep moisture underneath a persistent shortwave ridge aloft will keep dry conditions across the forecast area Friday night through Saturday afternoon, along with generally light and variable winds. Mid and high clouds will gradually increase through the period, especially during the first half of the weekend, as the broad upper ridge begins to breakdown due to weak upper level impulses passing overhead. There remains some discrepancies in the models however with regards to precipitation development Saturday night, as the ECMWF keeps the entire forecast area dry, while the NAM, GFS and SREF develop spotty light rain showers across our western zones and along the coast. Adjusted the National Blend of Models precipitation chances to reflect a slight southward development based on these latest model outputs, and kept QPF below one-tenth of an inch. Low temps Friday night will be in the mid to upper 50s, and around 60 degrees along the coast. Highs on Saturday will be in the upper 70s to mid 80s, followed by lows Saturday night in the mid 50s to lower 60s. /22

EXTENDED TERM /Sunday Through Wednesday/ . Weak shortwave ridging aloft will generally extend northward across our forecast area through early and middle part of next week. However, a series of upper level impulses rounding the northern periphery of the ridge axis could propagate east across our area each day through the period. Surface high pressure meanwhile remains oriented over the eastern states and western Atlantic, allowing for an onshore flow to continue to bring plenty of low level moisture into our region during the extended term. Moisture through the deep layer remains rather limited on Sunday, but a weak impulse passing near or just south of our area will support keeping at a slight chance of rain showers in the forecast across all but perhaps the far northern zones on Sunday. Deeper moisture/ higher PWATs still appear to overspread our region with a slightly better shortwave trough moving on the northern periphery of the ridge axis on Monday, which would bring increased coverage of showers and a few thunderstorms to our area through the day. The axis of moisture may tend to shift a little farther north over our interior zones Tuesday and Wednesday, where additional impulses in the mid level flow could result in scattered showers/storms both days, especially over inland areas. Coverage may be more limited closer to the coast. Temperatures will continue to increase by late this weekend and continue well above normal into the early and mid part of next week. Lows Sunday night and Monday nights in the 60s, and in the 70s Tuesday night. Highs Sunday and Monday in the low to mid 80s, in the mid to upper 80s Tuesday and likely in the upper 80s for most locations (except for immediate coast) by Wednesday. /12

MARINE . A light to moderate north to northeast flow this morning subsides through the day. Light winds continue into the weekend with a southeast to south flow developing during the afternoon hours. Onshore flow continues into the first of next week. A return to a chance of showers by Saturday night and Sunday with perhaps a few storms by Monday. A gradual build in seas Sunday night into Monday. /10

MOB WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES. AL . None. FL . None. MS . None. GM . None.

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Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
MBPA1 3 mi207 min 62°F 47°F
MCGA1 - 8736897 - Coast Guard Sector Mobile, AL 6 mi207 min E 5.1 G 7 67°F 69°F1019.9 hPa
PTOA1 8 mi207 min 61°F 45°F
OBLA1 - 8737048 - Mobile State Docks, AL 10 mi207 min 61°F 68°F1019.7 hPa
MHPA1 - Meaher Park, AL 11 mi195 min E 2.9 62°F 1019.3 hPa (+1.0)
WKXA1 - Weeks Bay Reserve, AL 17 mi270 min 58°F 1019 hPa46°F
WBYA1 18 mi207 min 71°F
CRTA1 - Cedar Point, AL 18 mi225 min E 12 62°F 1019 hPa
DPIA1 - Dauphin Island, AL 22 mi195 min E 8 G 9.9 63°F 1019.3 hPa (+1.4)
KATA1 - Katrina Cut, AL 23 mi225 min E 13 63°F 1019.6 hPa
GDXM6 - Grand Bay Reserve, MS 23 mi270 min E 11 62°F 1020 hPa50°F
FMOA1 - 8734673 - Fort Morgan, AL 24 mi213 min ESE 17 G 19 62°F 1019 hPa
PNLM6 - 8741533 - Pascagoula NOAA Lab, MS 29 mi213 min 69°F
PTBM6 - 8741003 - Petit Bois Island, MS 33 mi207 min E 12 G 15 65°F 1019.2 hPa
PPTA1 35 mi255 min 62°F 1019 hPa (+1.4)
42067 - USM3M02 44 mi195 min E 12 G 16 65°F 2 ft1018.6 hPa (+1.0)
42012 - Orange Beach AL Buoy 45 mi185 min E 14 G 18 64°F 68°F1019.5 hPa51°F
PCLF1 - 8729840 - Pensacola, FL 48 mi207 min SSE 1.9 G 6 65°F 72°F1019.6 hPa

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Airport Reports
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AirportDistAgeWind ktVisibilitySky/WeatherTempDewPtHumidityPressure
Mobile, Mobile Downtown Airport, AL5 mi22 minE 510.00 miFair71°F41°F34%1018.8 hPa
Mobile, Mobile Regional Airport, AL11 mi19 minNE 410.00 miPartly Cloudy73°F42°F33%1018.4 hPa
Sonny Callahan Airport, AL14 mi40 minN 010.00 miFair70°F39°F33%1018.6 hPa

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Tide / Current Tables for Fowl River, Mobile Bay Entrance, Alabama
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Fowl River
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Thu -- 02:50 AM CDT     Moonset
Thu -- 06:39 AM CDT     Sunrise
Thu -- 07:00 AM CDT     -0.28 feet Low Tide
Thu -- 01:21 PM CDT     Moonrise
Thu -- 07:07 PM CDT     1.84 feet High Tide
Thu -- 07:12 PM CDT     Sunset
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Tide / Current Tables for Mobile Bay Entrance, Alabama Current
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Mobile Bay Entrance
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Thu -- 12:13 AM CDT     -2.00 knots Max Ebb
Thu -- 02:49 AM CDT     Moonset
Thu -- 06:09 AM CDT     0.00 knots Slack
Thu -- 06:39 AM CDT     Sunrise
Thu -- 12:17 PM CDT     1.92 knots Max Flood
Thu -- 01:21 PM CDT     Moonrise
Thu -- 06:58 PM CDT     -0.00 knots Slack
Thu -- 07:11 PM CDT     Sunset
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