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Moncks Corner, SC

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Sunrise 7:14AMSunset 5:16PM Sunday December 15, 2019 2:48 AM EST (07:48 UTC) Moonrise 8:53PMMoonset 10:20AM Illumination 87% 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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AMZ330 Charleston Harbor- 1234 Am Est Sun Dec 15 2019
Overnight..W winds 10 to 15 kt.
Sun..W winds 5 to 10 kt.
Sun night..S winds 5 kt.
Mon..S winds 5 kt, increasing to 10 kt in the afternoon.
Mon night..S winds 10 kt. A slight chance of showers after midnight.
Tue..SW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts to 20 kt. A chance of showers in the morning, then showers likely with a slight chance of tstms in the afternoon.
Tue night..NW winds 10 kt, becoming N with gusts to 20 kt after midnight. A chance of showers.
Wed..N winds 10 to 15 kt.
Wed night..N winds 10 kt.
Thu..NE winds 5 to 10 kt.
Thu night..NE winds 5 kt. Mariners are reminded that winds and waves higher in and near tstms. Unless otherwise noted, waves 1 foot or less. Charleston harbor water temperature 56 degrees.
AMZ300 1234 Am Est Sun Dec 15 2019
Synopsis for the coastal waters of south coastal south carolina and north coastal georgia.. High pressure will build from the west through the weekend and then slide offshore on Monday. A cold front will then cross the area late Tuesday, followed by high pressure into late next week. Low pressure should then develop along the coast next weekend.


7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Moncks Corner, SC
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Area Discussion for - Charleston, SC
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FXUS62 KCHS 150552 AFDCHS

Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Charleston SC 1252 AM EST Sun Dec 15 2019

SYNOPSIS. High pressure will build from the west through the weekend and then slide offshore on Monday. A cold front will then cross the area late Tuesday, followed by high pressure into late next week. Low pressure should then develop along the coast next weekend.

NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 AM THIS MORNING/. On the midnight: Extremely minor tweaks on initialization with forecast on track.

Quasi-zonal flow aloft with surface and low level high pressure atop the area will equate to a generally clear night, with no more than scattered cirrus clouds arriving from the west after midnight. There is likely too much mixing to allow for anything worse than patchy fog across interior Georgia late at night. Lows will range from the upper 30s and lower 40s inland to the middle 40s along the coast, in downtown Charleston and near Lake Moultrie.

SHORT TERM /6 AM THIS MORNING THROUGH TUESDAY/. Sunday: Sfc high pressure will begin the day on Sunday centered over the FL/GA line. The high center is expected to drift east during the day, positioned off Southeast U.S. coast by Sunday afternoon. As a result, weak return flow will develop across the forecast area by Sunday afternoon. The combination of warming thicknesses and mostly sunny conditions should result in steady heating through the day. High temperatures are forecast to range from the upper 60s across SE GA to the mid 60s across the I-26 corridor.

Sunday night through Monday night: The forecast area will remain between high pressure over the Atlantic and developing low pressure over the ArkLaTex. Strengthening return flow, especially on Monday, is forecast to result in steadily warming thicknesses Sunday night through Monday. Mostly clear conditions and light to calm winds should support radiational cooling Sunday night, lows forecast to range in the 40s. Mild thicknesses and llvl temperatures should result in around 25 degrees of warming during the daylight hours on Monday. High temperatures are forecast to range from the low 70s across Berkeley County to the upper 70s across SE GA. Monday night, winds should remain steady from southwest, maintaining mixing. Short term guidance times the arrival of weak showers during the late night hours Monday night. Using a blend of MOS, low temperatures are forecast to range in the upper 50s to around 60.

Tuesday: A cold front will approach the forecast area from the west, remaining west during the morning hours. The cold front is expected to reach SE GA and SC by the afternoon, pushing offshore during the evening hours. The GFS indicates that between 500-1000 J/kg of CAPE will develop along and ahead of the cold front. I will indicate a band of showers with embedded thunderstorms crossing the forecast area Tuesday afternoon into the early evening. High temperatures are expected to range slightly cooler than Monday.

LONG TERM /TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY/. Dry and cooler high pressure will spread across the region Tuesday night through Thursday with high/low temps some 15-20 degrees cooler than earlier in the week. In general, high temps will peak in the mid 50s Wednesday and Thursday while overnight lows dip into the low/mid 30s away from the coast Wednesday night and Thursday night. Guidance then suggests the potential for precip to return across the area next weekend, mainly due to a coastal trough/low developing just off the Southeast Coast. Precip chances should be highest near the land/sea interface Saturday. Temps will be slightly more mild during the weekend as well, peaking in the upper 50s/lower 60s each day. Overnight lows should range in the upper 30s/lower 40s away from the coast.

AVIATION /06Z SUNDAY THROUGH THURSDAY/. VFR at KCHS and KSAV through 06Z Monday. Low end chance of some ground fog at KSAV around daybreak.

Extended Aviation Outlook: Brief patchy fog is possible around dawn Monday morning at both CHS and SAV terminals. Otherwise, conditions will remain VFR. Flight restrictions are possible at both terminals Tuesday due to showers/thunderstorms along a passing cold front. VFR conditions are forecast at both terminals Wednesday.

MARINE. Overnight: Based on recent trends we have had to extend the Small Craft Advisory for the AMZ350 waters until late tonight, to go along with the pre-existing advisory on the AMZ374 waters which also remains in effect until before daybreak. W-NW winds will average 15 or 20 kt with some higher gusts over the Atlantic, and up to 15 kt in Charleston Harbor, before speeds drop a good 5 kt, if not more late. Seas will be as high as 5 or 6 ft on the outer Georgia waters and off the Charleston County coast, with no more than 3 or 4 footers elsewhere.

Sunday through Thursday: Sfc high pressure will begin the day on Sunday centered over the FL/GA line. The high center is expected to drift east during the day, positioned off Southeast U.S. coast by Sunday afternoon and will linger through Monday night. Light south winds are forecast Sunday through Monday, with winds increasing from the southwest Monday night. Seas will range from 1-3 ft on Sunday, building to 3-5 ft by Monday night. A cold front will approach the forecast area from the west, remaining west during the morning hours. The cold front is expected to reach SE GA and SC by the afternoon, pushing offshore during the evening hours. Small Craft Advisory seas and wind gusts could develop during the day across AMZ350 and 374. Small Craft conditions may spread into the other near shore waters Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Building high pressure will continue in the wake of the cold front, maintain steady to gusty NW winds Wednesday, turning from the NE on Thursday. Seas around 6 ft may continue across the outer GA waters from Tuesday through Thursday.

CHS WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES. GA . None. SC . None. MARINE . Small Craft Advisory until 5 AM EST early this morning for AMZ374. Small Craft Advisory until 4 AM EST early this morning for AMZ350.

NEAR TERM . SHORT TERM . LONG TERM . AVIATION . MARINE .


Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
CHTS1 22 mi54 min W 5.1 G 8.9 50°F 56°F1015.3 hPa
41029 - Capers Nearshore (CAP 2) 27 mi40 min NW 16 G 19 52°F 56°F1016.1 hPa
FBIS1 - Folly Island, SC 29 mi48 min W 2.9 G 4.1 48°F 1015.9 hPa (+1.5)46°F
NIWS1 - North Inlet-Winyah Bay Reserve, SC 44 mi63 min W 5.1 47°F 1014 hPa43°F
ACXS1 - ACE Basin Reserve, SC 46 mi63 min W 1 47°F 1016 hPa45°F

Wind History for Charleston, SC
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Airport Reports
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AirportDistAgeWind ktVisibilitySky/WeatherTempDewPtHumidityPressure
Moncks Corner Berkeley County, SC7 mi53 minN 010.00 miFair43°F42°F100%1015.2 hPa
Charleston, Charleston Air Force Base, SC14 mi1.9 hrsW 710.00 miFair47°F43°F86%1014.7 hPa
Mount Pleasant Regional-Faison Field, SC17 mi53 minWNW 410.00 miFair48°F44°F87%1015.2 hPa
Summerville Airport, SC18 mi53 minN 09.00 miFair43°F41°F93%1014.9 hPa

Link to 5 minute data for KMKS

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Tide / Current Tables for Pimlico, West Branch, Cooper River, South Carolina
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Sun -- 12:54 AM EST     1.67 feet High Tide
Sun -- 07:15 AM EST     Sunrise
Sun -- 07:37 AM EST     -0.20 feet Low Tide
Sun -- 10:19 AM EST     Moonset
Sun -- 01:21 PM EST     2.10 feet High Tide
Sun -- 05:14 PM EST     Sunset
Sun -- 08:21 PM EST     0.15 feet Low Tide
Sun -- 08:52 PM EST     Moonrise
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Tide / Current Tables for Charleston Harbor, off Fort Sumter, South Carolina Current (expired 1996-12-31)
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Charleston Harbor
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Sun -- 01:12 AM EST     -2.55 knots Max Ebb
Sun -- 04:24 AM EST     0.00 knots Slack
Sun -- 07:14 AM EST     Sunrise
Sun -- 07:17 AM EST     2.73 knots Max Flood
Sun -- 10:18 AM EST     Moonset
Sun -- 10:41 AM EST     -0.00 knots Slack
Sun -- 01:50 PM EST     -2.81 knots Max Ebb
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Sun -- 05:21 PM EST     0.01 knots Slack
Sun -- 07:47 PM EST     2.05 knots Max Flood
Sun -- 08:53 PM EST     Moonrise
Sun -- 10:51 PM EST     -0.00 knots Slack
Tide / Current data from XTide NOT FOR NAVIGATION
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