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Bluffton, SC

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Sunrise 6:57AMSunset 7:50PM Friday April 10, 2020 1:49 PM EDT (17:49 UTC) Moonrise 10:03PMMoonset 7:59AM Illumination 92% Phase: Waning Gibbous; Moon at 18 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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AMZ352 Waters From Edisto Beach Sc To Savannah Ga Out 20 Nm- 1247 Pm Edt Fri Apr 10 2020
This afternoon..NW winds 15 kt with gusts to 20 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.
Tonight..N winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 ft.
Sat..NE winds 10 kt, becoming E in the afternoon. Seas 2 ft.
Sat night..SE winds 5 to 10 kt, increasing to 10 to 15 kt after midnight. Seas 2 to 3 ft. A slight chance of showers after midnight.
Sun..SE winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts to 25 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft, building to 4 to 6 ft in the afternoon. A chance of tstms. Showers likely, mainly in the morning.
Sun night..S winds 20 to 25 kt, increasing to 25 to 30 kt after midnight. Seas 6 to 8 ft, building to 7 to 9 ft after midnight. A chance of tstms. A chance of showers in the evening, then showers likely after midnight.
Mon..SW winds 25 to 30 kt. Seas 6 to 8 ft. Showers likely with a chance of tstms.
Mon night..W winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 4 to 5 ft.
Tue..NE winds 10 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft.
Tue night..NE winds 10 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft. A chance of showers. Mariners are reminded that winds and seas higher in and near tstms.
AMZ300 1247 Pm Edt Fri Apr 10 2020
Synopsis for the coastal waters of south coastal south carolina and north coastal georgia.. High pressure will build over the area through Saturday. A warm front will lift north Saturday night, then a cold front will move through Monday morning. High pressure will briefly rebuild early next week before a coastal low pressure system moves through mid week.


7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Bluffton, SC
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Area Discussion for - Charleston, SC
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FXUS62 KCHS 101653 AFDCHS

Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Charleston SC 1253 PM EDT Fri Apr 10 2020

SYNOPSIS. High pressure will build over the area through Saturday. A warm front will lift north Saturday night, then a cold front will move through Monday morning. High pressure will briefly rebuild early next week before a coastal low pressure system moves through mid week.

NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/. High pressure will continue to expand into the region today. Aloft, mid level trough axis and associated shortwave will slide off the East coast. Dry conditions will prevail with mostly clear skies through the remainder of the afternoon. Northwest winds will be fairly gusty with gusts in the 20-25 mph range common. Temperatures will be much cooler than yesterday, mainly in the upper 60s to low 70s. Main changes with the early afternoon update was to hourly dew point trends and winds. Otherwise, ongoing forecast was in good shape.

Tonight: The center of high pressure will slide eastward across the Tennessee Valley and into the western Carolinas. Winds will shift around from northerly to become more northeasterly with time. We should see decent radiational cooling conditions, and lows are forecast to be much cooler than recent overnight periods. Temperatures are expected to bottom out around 40 inland, ranging to the mid to upper 40s along the coast. There is some low end potential for frost well inland, but current thinking is that dewpoints will be too low. No frost is mentioned in the forecast and the probability is too low to include in the Hazardous Weather Outlook.

SHORT TERM /SATURDAY THROUGH MONDAY/. Cool and dry high pressure will persist through Saturday with sunny skies and high temps in the 70s. The surface high will move offshore late Saturday while upper shortwave energy approaches from the west. A warm front will lift north into our southeast GA zones late Saturday night, then through the remainder of the area Sunday. Moisture and isentropic ascent will increase from south to north from late Saturday night into Sunday. Most of the guidance is in general agreement that a shortwave will move through the area shortly after daybreak Sunday, providing an additional source of lift. Numerous showers are expected to develop over the area on Sunday with the greatest coverage inland. Scattered thunderstorms will be increasingly likely during the day as Lifted Indices eventually go negative.

Low-level helicity and shear increase along and south of the warm front Sunday morning. However, there will likely be extensive cloud cover during the day, along with the potential for stabilizing rains in the morning. It doesn't appear that enough instability will develop to support a significant severe weather threat on Sunday, especially since the greatest upper forcing will be during the morning. The low-level wind fields will be ramping up on Sunday with 850 mb winds out of the south around 40 kt by Sunday afternoon. Relatively deep mixing will result in breezy to windy conditions on Sunday.

A bit of a lull in precipitation is possible Sunday evening into the overnight hours as most of the forcing pushes north of the area along with the warm front. A potent, albeit weakening upper shortwave will move into the area late Sunday night, pushing a cold front through the area Monday mid-morning. A broken line of strong to severe thunderstorms could move through the area during this time. The timing is unfavorable climatologically, however very strong low-level theta-e advection could yield CAPEs of 500-1,000 J/kg, accompanying 50-70 kt of bulk shear and 0-3 km helicity values of 500-600 m2/s2. 850 mb winds will be quite impressive at 60-70 kt, thus even if no severe weather occurs, breezy conditions will exist through the night.

Showers and tstms associated with the cold front will gradually move off the coast on Monday. Downslope flow behind the front will push high temps into the low 80s Monday.

LONG TERM /MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY/. A series of high pressure systems will move through the central and eastern United States through the period. A coastal low could move up the coast Tuesday night and Wednesday, bringing numerous showers to the area.

AVIATION /18Z FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY/. VFR will prevail through 18z Saturday. Gusty northwest winds this afternoon will subside by sunset.

Extended Aviation Outlook: Periodic flight restrictions Sunday into midday Monday as numerous showers and tstms affect the area. Strong winds anticipated Sunday into Monday.

MARINE. Today: Elevated northwest winds are expected into the afternoon behind a departing cold front. Winds should generally top out in the 15-20 knot range, but a few gusts to 25 knots will be possible in the Charleston County waters and the outer Georgia waters. Gusts to 25 knots in and around the Charleston Harbor should be more frequent so a Small Craft Advisory will remain in effect through 5 pm. Seas should generally average 2-4 feet, but could be up to 5 feet in the outer waters at times.

Tonight: High pressure will become centered north of the local waters overnight and winds will shift around to more northerly and even northeasterly late. Wind speeds should top out in the 10-15 knot range for the most part. Seas are expected to average 1-3 feet.

Small Craft Advisories will likely be needed Sunday into Monday or Monday night as strong southerly flow precedes a cold front, then seas gradually subside behind the front. Gales may be needed for some of the waters Sunday night into Monday morning when the strongest winds impact the waters.

FIRE WEATHER. Relative humidity values are expected to fall into the 20-25 percent range inland, and the 25-30 percent range closer to the coast this afternoon with frequent northwest wind gusts into the 20-25 mph range. The best combination of low relative humidity and breezy conditions will be late this morning through early this afternoon. We have opted for a Fire Danger Statement for all of southeast Georgia and southeast South Carolina for today given these meteorological conditions and drying fine fuels.

TIDES/COASTAL FLOODING. Offshore winds are expected to reduce tidal departures through the day. The Friday evening high tide will likely peak right around 7 feet MLLW in Charleston Harbor, and a Coastal Flood Advisory could be needed. It seems less likely that Fort Pulaski will approach or reach 9.2 feet MLLW.

Higher than normal tides are expected the next several days due to astronomical influences from the full moon and perigee. Additionally, winds are forecast to be onshore Saturday into Sunday, which could further elevate the tides. As a result, minor coastal flooding is expected with the evening high tides through the weekend and perhaps into Monday.

CHS WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES. GA . None. SC . None. MARINE . Small Craft Advisory until 5 PM EDT this afternoon for AMZ330.

NEAR TERM . ETM SHORT TERM . JRL LONG TERM . JRL AVIATION . ETM/JRL MARINE . ETM/JRL FIRE WEATHER . TIDES/COASTAL FLOODING .


Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
FPKG1 - 8670870 - Fort Pulaski, GA 14 mi50 min NW 17 G 20 67°F 68°F1011.1 hPa (+0.3)
41033 24 mi42 min NW 14 G 19 67°F 69°F1009.5 hPa
ACXS1 - ACE Basin Reserve, SC 30 mi65 min WNW 5.1 70°F 1010 hPa36°F
41008 - GRAYS REEF - 40 NM Southeast of Savannah, GA 58 mi60 min NNW 14 G 18 66°F 69°F2 ft1010.6 hPa (+0.7)47°F

Wind History for Fort Pulaski, GA
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Airport Reports
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AirportDistAgeWind ktVisibilitySky/WeatherTempDewPtHumidityPressure
Hilton Head Island, Hilton Head Airport, SC8 mi60 minN 7 G 2210.00 miA Few Clouds70°F32°F25%1010.8 hPa
Beaufort County Airport, SC17 mi55 minNNW 14 G 2110.00 miFair70°F33°F27%1010.2 hPa
Beaufort, Marine Corps Air Station, SC18 mi54 minNW 16 G 2110.00 miPartly Cloudy72°F36°F27%1010.3 hPa
Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport, GA20 mi57 minNW 14 G 2510.00 miA Few Clouds71°F30°F22%1011.1 hPa
Hunter U. S. Army Airfield, GA22 mi54 minNW 16 G 2610.00 miFair72°F31°F23%1010.4 hPa

Link to 5 minute data for KHXD

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Tide / Current Tables for Bluffton, May River, South Carolina
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Tide / Current Tables for Savannah River Entrance, Georgia Current
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Fri -- 02:55 AM EDT     -2.84 knots Max Ebb
Fri -- 05:45 AM EDT     0.00 knots Slack
Fri -- 06:59 AM EDT     Sunrise
Fri -- 08:16 AM EDT     2.59 knots Max Flood
Fri -- 08:58 AM EDT     Moonset
Fri -- 11:48 AM EDT     -0.00 knots Slack
Fri -- 02:54 PM EDT     -2.48 knots Max Ebb
Fri -- 05:50 PM EDT     0.00 knots Slack
Fri -- 07:49 PM EDT     Sunset
Fri -- 08:32 PM EDT     2.76 knots Max Flood
Fri -- 11:03 PM EDT     Moonrise
Tide / Current data from XTide NOT FOR NAVIGATION
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