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Wilmington, NC

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Sunrise 7:04AMSunset 5:03PM Monday December 9, 2019 5:50 AM EST (10:50 UTC) Moonrise 3:33PMMoonset 4:21AM Illumination 94% Phase: Waxing Gibbous; Moon at 12 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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AMZ250 Coastal Waters From Surf City To Cape Fear Nc Out 20 Nm- 345 Am Est Mon Dec 9 2019
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Today..S winds 10 kt. Seas 4 to 6 ft. Areas of dense fog this morning. Patchy fog early this afternoon. Vsby 1 to 3 nm early this morning.
Tonight..SW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 4 to 6 ft.
Tue..SW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 4 to 5 ft.
Tue night..SW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 4 to 5 ft. A slight chance of showers in the evening, then showers likely after midnight.
Wed..N winds 15 to 20 kt, increasing to 20 to 25 kt. Seas 5 to 7 ft. Showers likely through the day.
Thu..NE winds 20 to 25 kt. Seas 5 to 8 ft.
Fri..NE winds 15 to 20 kt, becoming se 10 to 15 kt. Seas 5 to 7 ft. Showers likely.
AMZ200 345 Am Est Mon Dec 9 2019
Synopsis for coastal waters from surf city north carolina to south santee river south carolina out to 20 nautical miles.. A coastal front will pull away to the north today. A cold front will approach the coast Tuesday afternoon, crossing the waters late Tuesday night and early in the morning Wednesday. This will be followed by strong high pressure, gusty ne winds, and large seas Thursday into Friday.


7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Wilmington, NC
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Area Discussion for - Wilmington, NC
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FXUS62 KILM 090853 AFDILM

Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Wilmington NC 353 AM EST Mon Dec 9 2019

SYNOPSIS. Warm front will lift farther north through today leaving above normal temperatures later today through Tuesday with limited, if any rainfall. A cold front will cross the coast late Tuesday into early Wednesday, bringing additional rain and much cooler weather for mid week. Brief clearing and drying Thursday will be followed by a wet Gulf system bringing rain on Friday through Saturday morning. Drier and warmer weather will arrive for the latter half of the weekend.

NEAR TERM /THROUGH TUESDAY/. A subtle mid-level shortwave making its way across the eastern Carolinas early this morning has pushed the surface trough and associated rainfall off to the northeast. Low clouds and fog will persist across the area through about 9 am. As of 07Z, visibilities have only dropped below 1/2 mile in a few locations, but if these become more widespread, a Dense Fog Advisory may be issued. Temperatures will hover in the mid 40s inland to around 50 across the coastal counties through daybreak, and may rise a few degrees near the coast as flow just of the surface becomes increasingly southerly.

Monday through Tuesday morning will remain dry, but with a good amount of mid/high clouds. Moisture will spread east ahead of a trough making its way across the southern plains on Tuesday, and this will bring just a slight chance of showers west of I-95 by late Tuesday afternoon. Deep south-southwesterly flow will propel temperatures well above climatology Monday and Tuesday. Highs will reach around 70 Monday, with widespread mid 70s away from coast on Tuesday.

SHORT TERM /TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY/. Cold front will be moving through Tues evening with warm southerly flow abruptly turning to the north. Shallow cool air will advect in overnight Tues, but deep SW flow will continue aloft as deep mid to upper trough remains west of area. This will maintain low clouds and rain/drizzle into Wednesday with cool air mass settling in. Expect high temps reached in the morning, with cooling through the aftn leaving temps in the mid 30s by early Thurs morning. Steep inversion will be tough to break, but should see some clearing as mid to upper trough axis shifts off shore Wed night into early Thurs. This will bring deep layer drying with continued CAA and temps not even making it to 50 on Thurs with increasing sunshine.

LONG TERM /THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY/. Wedge in place Fri as coastal trough becomes more defined. Overall expect increasing isentropic lift as shallow dense cool air is overrun by increasing warm southerly flow. GFS is little quicker bringing back clouds and pcp on Fri, but overall expect rain to spread across the area from the south and should see periods of heavier rain late Fri into early Sat as warm front lifts north and potent shortwave and low pressure track up through the Southeast. The shortwave and low lifts off to the north late Sat into Sun with drying and warming on the back end. Pcp water values up to 1.65 inches Fri night will drop out in deep westerly flow Sat into Sun. Temps will reach into the 60s Fri and near 70 on Sat with 60s on Sunday with increasing sunshine through Sun. GFS is much warmer with overnight lows Thur night due to faster increase in clouds and pcp, while ECMWF has cooler temps, possibly below freezing in places, but drier. Therefore do not expect any fzn pcp issues early Fri.

AVIATION /06Z MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY/. The area of -RA affecting southeast NC and primarily KILM early this evening will shift NE and away from the area during the evening. MVFR/IFR conditions will linger along with the potential for some -DZ. LIFR conditions are likely overnight from low VSBYs/CIGs as a warm front moves toward the coast and onshore. Not expecting conditions to improve until generally after 13Z as winds increase some helping to improve VSBYs, and a gradual improvements in CIGs. Expecting VFR conditions to develop mid/late morning all terminals.

Extended Outlook . MVFR conditions possible Tuesday as the next cold front approaches and toward the end of the week as low pressure may impact the area.

MARINE. Winds light and variable across the waters early this morning will become southerly around 10 knots by late morning as high pressure slides east off the New England coast. Will maintain the Small Craft Advisory for NC waters for now, as seas up to 6 ft persist beyond 10 nm. Flow will increase to around 15 kt out of the southwest on Tuesday between offshore high pressure and a surface cold front that will be crossing the Appalachians. Increasing warm advection over the nearshore waters will introduce the potential for sea fog to develop, and this will have to be monitored for the next couple of days.

Southerly flow ahead of cold front will keep seas between 3 and 5 ft Tues night. An abrupt shift to the north will accompany the cold front as it drops through the waters followed by a sharp increase in winds and seas through Wed aftn, possibly peaking near 6 to 9 ft in N-NE winds up around 25 kts or so as high pressure builds down from the north. Coastal front will become more defined on Fri as low pressure develops and moves up through the Southeast into the weekend. NE winds will veer around becoming on shore Fri night as coastal front pushes inland and north. Should see winds and seas drop a bit on Fri, but rise again in SW to W flow on the back end as it lifts north Fri night into Sat. Overall expect elevated winds and seas through much of this week.

ILM WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES. SC . Dense Fog Advisory until 9 AM EST this morning for SCZ017-023- 024-032-033-039-054>056-058-059. NC . Dense Fog Advisory until 9 AM EST this morning for NCZ087-096- 099-105>110. MARINE . Small Craft Advisory until midnight EST tonight for AMZ250-252.

SYNOPSIS . ILM NEAR TERM . CRM SHORT TERM . RGZ LONG TERM . RGZ AVIATION . CRM MARINE . RGZ/CRM


Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
JMPN7 - 8658163 - Johnny Mercer Pier, Wrightsville Beach, NC 5 mi56 min N 2.9 G 4.1 49°F 56°F1020.6 hPa
WLON7 5 mi56 min 48°F 53°F1021.2 hPa
41038 - ILM2 - 5 miles SE of Wrightsville Beach, NC 9 mi42 min NNE 3.9 G 9.7 51°F 57°F1021 hPa
41110 - Masonboro Inlet, NC 9 mi40 min 57°F6 ft
41037 - ILM3 - 27 miles SE of Wrightsville Beach, NC 31 mi42 min NNE 5.8 G 9.7 58°F 65°F1021.1 hPa
41108 34 mi50 min 56°F4 ft
41024 - Sunset Nearshore (SUN 2) 41 mi42 min N 5.8 G 9.7 48°F 55°F1022.3 hPa
41119 41 mi120 min 55°F3 ft
41064 49 mi42 min S 7.8 G 18 66°F 64°F1020.9 hPa
41159 49 mi50 min 64°F10 ft

Wind History for Wrightsville Beach, NC
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Airport Reports
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AirportDistAgeWind ktVisibilitySky/WeatherTempDewPtHumidityPressure
Wilmington International Airport, NC6 mi57 minNNW 30.50 miFog49°F48°F97%1021.6 hPa
Brunswick County Airport, NC21 mi55 minN 03.00 miFog/Mist48°F47°F100%1021.7 hPa

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Tide / Current Tables for Masonboro Inlet, North Carolina
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Masonboro Inlet
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Mon -- 04:20 AM EST     Moonset
Mon -- 05:28 AM EST     4.01 feet High Tide
Mon -- 07:05 AM EST     Sunrise
Mon -- 12:04 PM EST     0.43 feet Low Tide
Mon -- 03:31 PM EST     Moonrise
Mon -- 05:01 PM EST     Sunset
Mon -- 05:47 PM EST     3.53 feet High Tide
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Tide / Current Tables for Campbell Island, North Carolina
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Campbell Island
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Mon -- 12:50 AM EST     -0.13 feet Low Tide
Mon -- 04:21 AM EST     Moonset
Mon -- 06:43 AM EST     3.96 feet High Tide
Mon -- 07:05 AM EST     Sunrise
Mon -- 01:32 PM EST     0.11 feet Low Tide
Mon -- 03:32 PM EST     Moonrise
Mon -- 05:02 PM EST     Sunset
Mon -- 07:05 PM EST     3.68 feet High Tide
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