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Wilmington, NC

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12/16/2019 NOAA is having trouble with requests that include wind gusts. I am posting graphs without wind gusts until it gets fixed.
10/9/2019 Updated the Marine Zones.
9/4/2019 Fixed the weather maps due to NOAA moving them.
7/25/2019 New feature in the Airports section gives a link to 5 minute updates for data reports.

Sunrise 6:59AMSunset 7:32PM Monday March 30, 2020 9:39 AM EDT (13:39 UTC) Moonrise 9:48AMMoonset 12:00AM Illumination 39% Phase: Waxing Crescent; Moon at 6 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- 252 Am Edt Mon Mar 30 2020
Today..NW winds 10 kt, becoming sw late. Seas 2 to 3 ft.
Tonight..NW winds 10 kt. Gusts up to 20 kt after midnight. Seas 2 ft.
Tue..NE winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Showers likely in the afternoon.
Tue night..NE winds 20 to 25 kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Seas 4 to 5 ft. Showers.
Wed..N winds 15 to 20 kt, diminishing to 10 to 15 kt. Seas 4 to 5 ft. A chance of showers through the day.
Thu..NW winds 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.
Fri..N winds 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.
AMZ200 252 Am Edt Mon Mar 30 2020
Synopsis for coastal waters from surf city north carolina to south santee river south carolina out to 20 nautical miles.. Weak high pressure will prevail today before another front will slide through the area late tonight. Low pressure will develop along the front and will bring rain, wind, and increased seas Tue afternoon into Wed. High pressure will build back in for Thu and Fri.


7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Wilmington, NC
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Area Discussion for - Wilmington, NC
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FXUS62 KILM 301042 AFDILM

Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Wilmington NC 644 AM EDT Mon Mar 30 2020

SYNOPSIS. A low pressure system tracking across the southeast US will push across the Carolinas Tuesday into Tuesday night before moving out to sea during the day on Wednesday. High pressure will bring below normal temperatures mid to late week ahead of the next frontal passage expected next weekend.

NEAR TERM /THROUGH TUESDAY/. West/northwest winds behind a weak frontal passage yesterday evening will bring slightly cooler temperatures today with afternoon highs in the upper 70s to lower 80s, which is between 5 and 10 degrees above normal for late March. Upper level ridge that brought an unseasonably warm weekend will weaken today into Tuesday as the next atmospheric disturbance approaches for chances of rain Tuesday. Latest forecast models have low pressure system tracking just to the south of the region, which will keep warmer and unstable air just beyond the forecast area. Moderate to heavy rainfall can be expected at times in heavier showers, but no thunderstorms are anticipated at this time.

SHORT TERM /TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT/. Low pressure will move off the coast Tuesday night and out to sea Wednesday. This will bring about an end to the rain Tuesday night into Wednesday with decreasing clouds during Wednesday. Skies will clear Wednesday night. Temperatures will be at or below normal during this period with lows Tuesday night in the upper 40s to lower 50s. Highs Wednesday will be in the upper 50s to lower 60s with lows Wednesday night in the lower to middle 40s.

LONG TERM /THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/. High pressure will provide fair weather Thursday and Friday before another front affects the area over the weekend. Rain chances in model guidance tonight look less impressive for Saturday and Sunday but there do remain small chances for rain. Temperatures through there period will be near seasonal normals with highs in the upper 60s and lower 70s and lows in the upper 40s and lower 50s.

AVIATION /12Z MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY/. Kind of in a holding pattern until the next system arrives later on Tuesday. Dewpoints will drop into the forties later today as much drier air moves in. Cold temps tonight with a light northwest wind.

Extended Outlook . Predominately VFR through Friday. Exception, flight restrictions are possible Mon night thru early Wed.

MARINE. Significant wave heights on the order of 1 to 2 feet from the southwest at 6 seconds for the next 24 hours with relatively benign conditions. Chances for rain increase as a low pressure system approaches Tuesday with increasing southwest winds between 15 and 20 kts and gusts to 25 kts at times with seas approaching between 3 and 5 feet.

Low pressure moving through the area Tuesday night and out to sea Wednesday could bring about winds at or above 25 KT Tuesday night with gale force winds a possibility. A small craft advisory or gale watch or warning may be required in later forecasts for Tuesday night into Wednesday.

Winds will diminish to 15 to 20 KT during Wednesday and further decrease to 10 KT by Thursday and continue into Friday. Directions will be NE Tue night before becoming N to NW Wednesday and continuing for the remainder of the week. Seas of 4 to 6 FT Tuesday night will subside to 2 to 3 FT by Thursday and continue into Friday.

ILM WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES. SC . None. NC . None. MARINE . None.

SYNOPSIS . ILM NEAR TERM . MCK SHORT TERM . 31 LONG TERM . 31 AVIATION . 43 MARINE . ILM


Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
WLON7 5 mi52 min 69°F 65°F1017.5 hPa
JMPN7 - 8658163 - Johnny Mercer Pier, Wrightsville Beach, NC 5 mi52 min WNW 6 G 11 70°F 61°F1016.6 hPa
41038 - ILM2 - 5 miles SE of Wrightsville Beach, NC 9 mi32 min W 5.8 G 7.8 64°F 63°F1017.5 hPa
41110 - Masonboro Inlet, NC 9 mi30 min 63°F2 ft
41037 - ILM3 - 27 miles SE of Wrightsville Beach, NC 31 mi32 min W 12 G 16 69°F1015.7 hPa
41108 34 mi70 min 64°F3 ft
41024 - Sunset Nearshore (SUN 2) 41 mi32 min W 7.8 G 9.7 65°F 63°F1018.4 hPa
41064 49 mi92 min W 7.8 G 14 65°F 61°F1017 hPa
41159 49 mi40 min 61°F4 ft

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Airport Reports
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AirportDistAgeWind ktVisibilitySky/WeatherTempDewPtHumidityPressure
Wilmington International Airport, NC6 mi47 minW 710.00 miFair69°F59°F70%1017.5 hPa
Brunswick County Airport, NC21 mi45 minW 510.00 miFair67°F61°F83%1018.3 hPa

Link to 5 minute data for KILM

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Tide / Current Tables for Masonboro Inlet, North Carolina
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Masonboro Inlet
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Mon -- 12:04 AM EDT     3.85 feet High Tide
Mon -- 12:28 AM EDT     Moonset
Mon -- 06:51 AM EDT     0.58 feet Low Tide
Mon -- 07:00 AM EDT     Sunrise
Mon -- 10:47 AM EDT     Moonrise
Mon -- 12:23 PM EDT     3.14 feet High Tide
Mon -- 06:58 PM EDT     0.46 feet Low Tide
Mon -- 07:31 PM EDT     Sunset
Tide / Current data from XTide NOT FOR NAVIGATION
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3.93.73.32.61.81.10.70.60.91.52.32.93.13.12.82.31.610.60.50.71.42.33.1

Tide / Current Tables for Campbell Island, North Carolina
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Campbell Island
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Mon -- 12:28 AM EDT     Moonset
Mon -- 12:47 AM EDT     4.21 feet High Tide
Mon -- 07:01 AM EDT     Sunrise
Mon -- 08:36 AM EDT     0.55 feet Low Tide
Mon -- 10:48 AM EDT     Moonrise
Mon -- 01:29 PM EDT     3.49 feet High Tide
Mon -- 07:31 PM EDT     Sunset
Mon -- 08:22 PM EDT     0.35 feet Low Tide
Tide / Current data from XTide NOT FOR NAVIGATION
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