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Nags Head, NC

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Sunrise 6:50AMSunset 7:27PM Tuesday March 31, 2020 2:39 PM EDT (18:39 UTC) Moonrise 10:20AMMoonset 12:21AM Illumination 52% Phase: First Quarter Moon; Moon at 8 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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AMZ150 S Of Currituck Beach Light To Oregon Inlet Nc Out 20 Nm- 1010 Am Edt Tue Mar 31 2020
.gale warning in effect from late tonight through Wednesday evening...
Rest of today..NE winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts to 25 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft. Dominant period 5 seconds. A slight chance of rain early this afternoon. A chance of rain late.
Tonight..NE winds 20 to 25 kt with gusts up to 30 kt, increasing to 25 to 30 kt with gusts up to 40 kt after midnight. Seas 3 to 5 ft, building to 7 to 10 ft after midnight. Dominant period 5 seconds. Rain.
Wed..N winds 30 to 35 kt, diminishing to 25 to 30 kt in the afternoon. Seas 10 to 14 ft. Dominant period 9 seconds. Rain, mainly in the morning.
Wed night..N winds 25 to 30 kt, becoming nw 15 to 20 kt after midnight. Seas 8 to 13 ft, subsiding to 7 to 10 ft after midnight. Dominant period 10 seconds. A slight chance of showers in the evening.
Thu..NW winds 20 to 25 kt, diminishing to 15 to 20 kt in the afternoon. Seas 5 to 8 ft.
Thu night..NW winds 10 to 15 kt, increasing to 15 to 20 kt after midnight. Seas 5 to 7 ft.
Fri..N winds around 20 kt. Seas 5 to 8 ft, building to 9 to 12 ft.
Sat..N winds 15 to 20 kt, becoming ne 10 to 15 kt. Seas 12 to 15 ft, subsiding to 10 to 14 ft.


7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Nags Head, NC
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Area Discussion for - Newport/Morehead City, NC
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FXUS62 KMHX 311403 AFDMHX

Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Newport/Morehead City NC 1003 AM EDT Tue Mar 31 2020

SYNOPSIS. An rapidly deepening area of low pressure will move eastward to the south of the area tonight and further strengthen offshore tomorrow. High pressure will build over the area late this week into the weekend, as low pressure lingers over the Atlantic.

NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 PM THIS EVENING/. As of 1000 AM Tue . Looks like in-situ damming occurring currently across NC this morning as high pressure ridges in from the northeast. Meanwhile low pressure is gathering over the deep south. Widespread mid and high clouds were observed across the region with an area of lower clouds noted across the northern Outer Banks to Albemarle Sound region. Radar is indicating some weak returns across the northern half of the area which is virga since the atmosphere is currently quite dry below 12K ft per 12Z raobs.

Water vapor imagery shows a well-defined shortwave trough digging into the central MS valley this morning with an associated developing surface low over the deep south. The low will become absorbed into a rapidly developing low along/just off the NC coast this evening, then moving slowly off of the Mid-Atlantic coast late tonight and Wednesday. This will result in heavy rain tonight, and high winds and minor coastal flooding concerns tonight and Wed.

The afternoon should be fairly quiet as the dry sub cloud layer will take awhile to moisten. However after 21Z, as warm advection increases and moisture surges north across Eastern NC, the coverage and intensity of precipitation will increase over the area as the surface low passes just off the coast. While model convective parameters are marginal at best, the strength of the lift with strong warm advection and upper level divergence suggest that elevated instability will be present and will include mention of thunder in the evening with the 4 PM update. This is supported by the CAM output which indicate a convective precipitation mode with high rainfall rates and also the operational model QPF forecasts such as the ECMWF which is forecasting .75 to over an inch of rainfall along the coast 0-6Z this evening.

Northeasterly flow, combined with abundant cloud cover, will keep temperatures markedly cooler than yesterday with low to mid 60s to the southeast and mid to upper 50s near the Albemarle Sound.

SHORT TERM /6 PM THIS EVENING THROUGH 6 AM WEDNESDAY/. As of 400 AM Tue . Surface low will quickly deepen as shortwave undertakes a neutral tilt over the Carolinas and the low interacts with the natural baroclinic zone near the Gulf Stream. Widespread rain is expected across eastern NC tonight with heaviest rain focused along or just south of the Crystal Coast after sunset as frontogenesis increases in response to colder air quickly wrapping in aloft. This threat transitions to the Outer Banks after midnight. WPC QPF continues to favor an inch of rain for most with an inch and a half to nearly two inches for portions of the Outer Banks, and the 00Z HREF suggests rainfall rates of a half inch per hour or more are possible. This could lead to some minor ponding in more urban areas although more pronounced flooding is not expected.

Additionally, northerly winds will quickly increase as pressure gradient rapidly tightens. Issued a Wind Advisory for the Outer Banks starting late tonight with gusts of 50-55 mph likely, peaking near sunrise. Such flow will lead to coastal flooding issues and dangerous surf - see the TIDES/COASTAL FLOODING section for more details.

LONG TERM /WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY/. As 3 AM Tue . Low pressure will strengthen off the coast Wednesday, pushing further offshore through the day. High pressure will build over the area late week into the weekend, as low pressure lingers over the Atlantic. Temps will gradually moderate late week into the weekend.

Wednesday . Low pressure will continue to deepen off the coast Wed, pushing further offshore through the day. Precip should be ending pretty quickly from west to east. Strong winds will peak Wednesday morning with gusts 40-50 mph along the coast. Wind Advisories will continue for the Outer Banks and Eastern Carteret. Minor water level rises and rough surf are expected. See Coastal Flood section below for more details. Low level thickness values, clouds and northerly flow support highs in the 50s.

Thursday through Monday . High pressure will build in late week into the weekend, as low pressure lingers over the Atlantic. Mostly dry weather expected through the period, with slightly better precip chances early next week. Temps will slowly moderate through period. Near of slightly below climo through early weekend, then warming into the 70s inland late week into early next weekend as flow becomes more southerly.

AVIATION /14Z TUESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY/. Short Term /through 12Z Wednesday/ . As of 735 AM Tue . VFR conditions prevail across the airspace this morning with high confidence in VFR conditions prior to 21z. Cloud cover increases and lowers quickly thereafter as low pressure initially over the southeast U.S. quickly deepens off the coast of the Carolinas. Rain will overspread all sites late afternoon into evening with heaviest rainfall focused closer to the coast where better frontogenetic forcing will be realized. IFR conditions most likely for EWN/OAJ after 00Z with heavier rainba73nds. ISO/PGV is forecast to see more of a mix between MVFR and IFR with heavier rain displaced to the south and east. Northeasterly winds will gust to 15-20 kt as low deepens with strongest winds farther east.

Long Term /Wednesday through Saturday/ . As of 3 AM Tue . High confidence in sub-VFR conditions Wednesday morning, with ceilings gradually lifting through the day, improving to VFR by Wed evening. Precip will be ending quickly Wed morning from west to east. Northerly wind gusts 20-25 kt expected Wed. Pred VFR conditions expected Wed night into the weekend.

MARINE. Short Term /Today and Tonight/ . As of 1000 AM Tue . North to northeast winds of 15-20 kt continue across the waters this morning with a few gusts to 30 kt. These conditions are expected to persist for the next couple of hours and mariners should exercise caution if going out on the waters this morning.

Prev disc . Latest buoy and local observations show northerly winds of 15-25 kt with gusts to 30 kt and seas 3-5 ft as high pressure builds in from the NNE. Conditions will rapidly deteriorate late this afternoon as low pressure pushes off the South Carolina coast and quickly deepens. Gale warnings hoisted for all waters except the Pamlico/Pungo rivers (where a SCA was issued instead) with northeasterly gusts peaking at 40 kt overnight with a few Storm force gusts certainly possible over the central waters. Seas quickly build from 3-5 feet this morning to 10-14 feet for northern and central waters tonight, and 5-8 feet south. Very rough waters expected over the sounds with a few 5 footers possible over the Pamlico Sound.

Long Term /Wednesday through Saturday/ . As of 3 AM Tue . Dangerous winds and seas expected Wednesday. Surface low will strengthen off the NC coast Wed, slowly pushing further offshore late Wed and Wed night. Strong northerly winds 25-35 kt with gusts 35-50 kt Wed morning, slowly diminishing to 20-30 kt by late afternoon. Gale Warnings continue for the coastal waters, sounds and Neuse River. SCA for the Pamlico/Pungo Rivers. Seas will peak at 8-16 ft Wed, highest north of Ocracoke.

Surface high pressure will build over the area Thursday into the weekend, though low pressure will continue to strengthen, lingering over the Atlantic and will continue to impact the waters into early next week. NW winds 15-25 kt Thu with seas 6-9 ft subsiding to 4-7 ft by afternoon. Seas may briefly drop below 6 ft across the southern waters Thu night into early Friday, though should remain elevated across the central and northern waters. Gusty NNW winds will continue Friday into early Sat as gradient tightens between the high and low. Increasing long period swell from distant low will begin to impact the waters Friday, peaking this weekend. Seas will build to 10-15 ft (possibly higher Sat and Sat night north of Ocracoke) with 14-15 sec periods.

TIDES/COASTAL FLOODING. As of 3 AM Tue . Strong N/NE winds will develop tonight, peaking Wednesday morning and early afternoon. Minor water level rises are expected for areas adjacent to the southern Pamlico Sound and Neuse River, and oceanside locations north of Cape Hatteras, generally 1-2 ft agl. Rough surf will develop along with the threat for minor erosion for the beaches north of Hatteras. Coastal Flood and High Surf Advisories have been issued tonight into Wed.

Coastal concerns will likely continue along the Outer Banks this weekend. Beaches will begin to see long period swell from distant low pressure arrive Friday, peaking Saturday and Saturday night. Confidence is increasing that the Outer Banks will see large powerful wave action (periods 14-15 seconds), with the threats for very rough surf, beach erosion and ocean overwash.

MHX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES. NC . Coastal Flood Advisory from 10 PM this evening to 8 PM EDT Wednesday for NCZ094-194-196. High Surf Advisory from 4 AM Wednesday to 7 AM EDT Thursday for NCZ203-205. Coastal Flood Advisory from 2 AM to 11 PM EDT Wednesday for NCZ203-205. Wind Advisory from 5 AM to 5 PM EDT Wednesday for NCZ203. Wind Advisory from 2 AM to 5 PM EDT Wednesday for NCZ205. Wind Advisory from 11 PM this evening to 5 PM EDT Wednesday for NCZ196-204. Coastal Flood Advisory from 2 AM to 8 PM EDT Wednesday for NCZ204. MARINE . Small Craft Advisory from 8 PM this evening to 2 PM EDT Wednesday for AMZ136. Gale Warning from 11 PM this evening to 11 AM EDT Wednesday for AMZ137. Gale Warning from 8 PM this evening to 8 PM EDT Wednesday for AMZ135-156. Gale Warning from 2 AM to 11 AM EDT Wednesday for AMZ131. Gale Warning from 2 AM to 5 PM EDT Wednesday for AMZ231. Gale Warning from 2 AM to 2 PM EDT Wednesday for AMZ230. Gale Warning from 8 PM this evening to 11 PM EDT Wednesday for AMZ152-154. Gale Warning from 2 AM to 8 PM EDT Wednesday for AMZ150. Gale Warning from 8 PM this evening to 5 PM EDT Wednesday for AMZ158.

SYNOPSIS . MHX NEAR TERM . JME/MS SHORT TERM . MS LONG TERM . CQD AVIATION . CQD/MS MARINE . JME/CQD/MS TIDES/COASTAL FLOODING . MHX


Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
ORIN7 - 8652587 - Oregon Inlet Marina, NC 8 mi69 min N 12 G 17 50°F 56°F1012.5 hPa
44056 - Duck FRF, NC 21 mi39 min 54°F4 ft
DUKN7 - Duck Pier, NC - 8651370 21 mi69 min NNE 14 G 15 49°F 1012.7 hPa
FRFN7 21 mi159 min 4 ft
44100 - Duck FRF 26m, NC (430) 24 mi39 min 51°F4 ft
HCGN7 - 8654467 - Hatteras, NC 49 mi69 min NE 15 G 21 57°F 1011.6 hPa

Wind History for Oregon Inlet Marina, NC
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Airport Reports
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AirportDistAgeWind ktVisibilitySky/WeatherTempDewPtHumidityPressure
Manteo / Dare County Regional, NC6 mi44 minNE 1010.00 miOvercast51°F46°F85%1012.9 hPa
Kill Devil Hills, First Flight Airport, NC9 mi64 minNNE 610.00 miOvercast49°F46°F89%1012.9 hPa

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Tide / Current Tables for Jennetts Pier (ocean), North Carolina
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Tue -- 12:21 AM EDT     3.38 feet High Tide
Tue -- 01:22 AM EDT     Moonset
Tue -- 06:49 AM EDT     Sunrise
Tue -- 07:02 AM EDT     0.70 feet Low Tide
Tue -- 11:20 AM EDT     Moonrise
Tue -- 12:50 PM EDT     2.82 feet High Tide
Tue -- 06:58 PM EDT     0.54 feet Low Tide
Tue -- 07:23 PM EDT     Sunset
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Tide / Current Tables for Oregon Inlet Marina, Pamlico Sound, North Carolina
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