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El Granada, CA

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Sunrise 6:52AMSunset 5:55PM Thursday February 20, 2020 11:03 AM PST (19:03 UTC) Moonrise 5:21AMMoonset 3:14PM Illumination 9% Phase: Waning Crescent; Moon at 27 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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PZZ545 Coastal Waters From Point Reyes To Pigeon Point California Out To 10 Nm- 827 Am Pst Thu Feb 20 2020
Today..NW winds up to 10 kt. Wind waves 1 ft. W swell 3 to 4 ft at 14 seconds and sw around 2 ft at 15 seconds.
Tonight..N winds 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 1 ft. W swell 3 to 4 ft at 14 seconds and sw around 2 ft at 15 seconds.
Fri..N winds 10 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Wind waves 2 to 3 ft. W swell 5 to 7 ft at 15 seconds and sw around 2 ft at 15 seconds.
Fri night..NW winds 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 2 to 3 ft. W swell 5 to 7 ft at 15 seconds and sw around 2 ft at 15 seconds.
Sat..SW winds 10 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Wind waves 5 to 6 ft. W swell 3 to 5 ft at 13 seconds.
Sat night..NW winds 20 to 30 kt with gusts up to 35 kt. Wind waves 8 to 9 ft. W swell 3 to 5 ft at 17 seconds.
Sun..NW winds 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 7 to 8 ft. W swell 5 to 7 ft.
Mon..NW winds 10 to 20 kt. Wind waves 5 to 6 ft. W swell 5 to 7 ft.
...san francisco bar/fourfathom bank forecast..... In the deep water channel...seas 2 to 4 ft with a dominant period of 14 seconds. Across the bar...seas 3 to 5 ft with a dominant period of 14 seconds. Maximum ebb current of 2.6 kt at 02:13 pm Thursday and 2.0 kt at 02:49 am Friday.
PZZ500 827 Am Pst Thu Feb 20 2020
Synopsis for the central california coast and bays including the Monterey bay..Greater farallones...and cordell bank national marine sanctuaries... Light northwesterly winds are forecast to prevail over the coastal waters today. A low pressure system will arrive on the central coast on Friday, bringing with it a chance of light rain to the waters south of point pinos. Dry weather returns Sunday and Monday. A moderate northwest swell persists through the week along with a light southerly swell.


7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near El Granada, CA
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Area Discussion for - San Francisco/Monterey Bay Area, CA
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FXUS66 KMTR 201735 AFDMTR

Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service San Francisco Bay Area 935 AM PST Thu Feb 20 2020

SYNOPSIS. Warming temperatures continue through the end of the week as the next system passes to the south. A chance of rain is possible for the Central Coast on Friday into Saturday morning, though accumulations are forecast to be minimal. The Bay Area will see dry conditions and mild temperatures are forecast to continue through next week.

DISCUSSION. as of 08:00 AM PST Thursday . Water vapor imagery shows a 553dm upper low located approx 450 miles west of San Francisco. Moisture in the southwesterly feed ahead of the feature has resulted in a band of high clouds over the area this morning. Meanwhile at the surface, some patchy fog and marine stratus evident over land earlier this morning has been advected offshore by the south/southeast winds ahead of the front. Afternoon temperatures today are forecast to be in the low to mid 60s near the shorelines and upper 60s to low 70s inland, which is about 3-7 degrees above normal for this time of the year. Tomorrow will be several degrees warmer (6-14 degrees above normal) with shoreline highs in the mid to upper 60s and low to mid 70s inland.

Models show this upper low swinging along the southern periphery of the Central coast and into Southern California later Friday and into the early portion of the weekend. Ensemble members continue to suggest the possibility of light rain for the southern portion of the forecast area, ie from Santa Cruz mountains and southward, with the most over the higher terrain of Monterey county (ie Big Sur). Model ensemble precipitation amounts range wildly, with nearly half of the members suggesting little to no precipitation. Meanwhile, the wettest ensemble members suggest up to half of an inch or more for the Big Sur peaks, so there remains quite a bit of uncertainty in the models just 36-48 hours out.

A short lived, low amplitude (weak) ridge will develop in the wake of the upper low by Sunday while a trough passes to our north in the Pacific Northwest. A broader, higher amplitude ridge will then setup off of the Pacific coastline by early next week, bringing further dry, mild late winter weather to the area. See previous discussion for more details on the current forecast package.

PREVIOUS DISCUSSION. as of 02:53 AM PST Thursday . A layer of stratus has built up over the Salinas Valley and Monterey Bay. High clouds pass over the Bay Area keeping temperatures in the 40s and even isolated areas in the low 50s. Temperatures around approximately two degrees warmer than at this time yesterday for most locations around the Bay Area and the Central Coast, though the potential for isolated valleys could be cooler. High clouds are expected to build on Thursday ahead of the next system moving toward the Pacific Coast.

An upper level low continues to grow west of California over the Pacific Ocean and dig southeastward. Models are depicting it kicking toward Southern California on Friday bringing chances of precipitations for the southern aspect of our region, from the Santa Cruz Mountains and East Bay Hills Southward, though best chances remain in southeastern Monterey County and at higher elevations. Accumulations are forecast to be maybe a tenth of an inch at most. As the low moves onshore, it'll switch the winds for the region to offshore and from the southwest. The low is forecast to retain its shape, yet have a looser pressure gradient, so winds may provide a few breezes, but remain relatively minimal.

However, that system will remain to the south and impact the Central Coast. The Bay Area will remain dry. Temperatures should reach the upper 60s and even the low 70s on Thursday and warm into the low to mid 70s on Friday thanks in part to the offshore flow. Winds should be light with high clouds present.

After that, the upper level ridge over the Pacific Ocean rebuilds bringing high pressure to dominate the region for the next week. A weak trough should pass over the Pacific Northwest midweek, but remain well north of the region. Both GFS and ECMWF models are trying to depict another trough transitioning into a cutoff low for next weekend into the beginning of March. Unfortunately, both models having upper level steering driving it south of the Bay Area. It appears for the time being that the Bay Area and the Central Coast will continue to see the same mild temperatures, but also dry conditions. And of course meaning that rain, let alone significant rainfall, will not be on the horizon.

AVIATION. as of 9:34 AM PST Thursday . For 18Z TAFs. VFR conditions are forecast to prevail through the period with passing high clouds. Winds are forecast to remain rather light today.

Vicinity of KSFO . VFR conditions expected with passing high clouds. Light winds this morning will eventually become west/northwest this afternoon around 10 kt.

SFO Bridge Approach . Similar to KSFO.

Monterey Bay Terminals . VFR with increasing high clouds. Light offshore winds this morning will become onshore later today.

MARINE. as of 8:27 AM PST Thursday . Light northwesterly winds are forecast to prevail over the coastal waters today. A low pressure system will arrive on the Central Coast on Friday, bringing with it a chance of light rain to the waters south of Point Pinos. Dry weather returns Sunday and Monday. A moderate northwest swell persists through the week along with a light southerly swell.

MTR WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES. Tday. None.

PUBLIC FORECAST: DRP AVIATION: Sims MARINE: Sims

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Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
RTYC1 - 9414523 - Redwood City, CA 14 mi46 min WNW 4.1 G 4.1 54°F 57°F1022 hPa
46237 - San Francisco Bar, CA (142) 21 mi34 min 53°F3 ft
AAMC1 - 9414750 - Alameda, CA 21 mi46 min W 4.1 G 5.1 54°F 56°F1021.6 hPa
FTPC1 - 9414290 - San Francisco, CA 21 mi52 min E 4.1 G 5.1 53°F 54°F1021.8 hPa
PXSC1 21 mi46 min 53°F 49°F
PXOC1 - 9414311 - San Francisco (Pier 1), CA 21 mi46 min NNW 2.9 G 4.1 51°F 1020.7 hPa
OMHC1 - 9414769 - Oakland Middle Harbor Met, CA 22 mi46 min NNW 4.1 G 5.1
OBXC1 22 mi46 min 53°F 49°F
46012 - HALF MOON BAY - 24NM South Southwest of San Francisco, CA 23 mi24 min Calm G 1.9 53°F 53°F1021.9 hPa49°F
LNDC1 23 mi46 min W 4.1 G 5.1 54°F 1021.5 hPa
OKXC1 - 9414776 - Oakland (Berth 34), CA 23 mi46 min NNW 4.1 G 5.1 51°F 1021.6 hPa
46026 - SAN FRANCISCO - 18NM West of San Francisco, CA 26 mi24 min S 3.9 G 3.9 53°F 53°F1022.1 hPa
TIBC1 - Tiburon Pier, San Francisco Bay, CA 27 mi29 min NW 8 54°F 1022 hPa
PPXC1 - 9414847 - Richmond (Point Potrero), CA 29 mi46 min WSW 1 G 4.1 59°F 1021.9 hPa
RCMC1 - 9414863 - Richmond, CA 29 mi46 min NW 5.1 G 5.1 53°F 54°F1021.4 hPa
DPXC1 - 9415141 - Davis Point, San Pablo Bay, CA 40 mi46 min ESE 7 G 9.9 54°F 1021.6 hPa
MZXC1 - 9415102 - Martinez-Amorco CA 41 mi46 min E 4.1 G 6
UPBC1 42 mi46 min E 6 G 8
PCOC1 - 9415144 - Port Chicago, CA 45 mi46 min ENE 8.9 G 11 53°F 54°F1021.8 hPa
PSBC1 - 9415115 - Pittsburg (Suisun Bay), CA 49 mi46 min E 1.9 G 2.9

Wind History for Redwood City, CA
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Airport Reports
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AirportDistAgeWind ktVisibilitySky/WeatherTempDewPtHumidityPressure
Half Moon Bay Airport, CA1 mi64 minWNW 38.00 miFair54°F48°F82%1021.3 hPa
San Francisco, San Francisco International Airport, CA10 mi68 minN 09.00 miMostly Cloudy55°F46°F72%1021.4 hPa
San Carlos Airport, CA12 mi67 minN 010.00 miMostly Cloudy54°F48°F82%1021.7 hPa
Palo Alto Airport, CA19 mi77 minN 010.00 miPartly Cloudy54°F44°F72%1021.7 hPa
Oakland, Metro Oakland International Airport, CA20 mi71 minW 310.00 miPartly Cloudy56°F46°F70%1021.6 hPa
Hayward, Hayward Air Terminal, CA22 mi70 minW 310.00 miFair55°F42°F62%1022.4 hPa

Link to 5 minute data for KSFO

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2 days agoCalmE4CalmN5W13W13W13W13--W13W8W3W4CalmCalmCalmE3SE6SE8SE5--S6SE5E3

Tide / Current Tables for Princeton, Half Moon Bay, California
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Tide / Current Tables for San Mateo Bridge, South San Francisco Bay, California Current
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Thu -- 02:46 AM PST     -0.81 knots Max Ebb
Thu -- 05:05 AM PST     0.00 knots Slack
Thu -- 05:20 AM PST     Moonrise
Thu -- 06:52 AM PST     Sunrise
Thu -- 07:50 AM PST     1.32 knots Max Flood
Thu -- 10:47 AM PST     -0.00 knots Slack
Thu -- 02:34 PM PST     -1.81 knots Max Ebb
Thu -- 03:13 PM PST     Moonset
Thu -- 05:53 PM PST     Sunset
Thu -- 05:57 PM PST     0.00 knots Slack
Thu -- 09:00 PM PST     1.90 knots Max Flood
Tide / Current data from XTide NOT FOR NAVIGATION
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