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San Francisco, CA

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Sunrise 6:49AMSunset 7:36PM Friday April 3, 2020 3:12 PM PDT (22:12 UTC) Moonrise 1:34PMMoonset 3:21AM Illumination 83% Phase: Waxing Gibbous; Moon at 11 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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PZZ531 San Francisco Bay South Of The Bay Bridge- 218 Pm Pdt Fri Apr 3 2020
.small craft advisory in effect until 9 pm pdt this evening...
Tonight..W winds 10 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt, diminishing to 5 to 10 kt after midnight.
Sat..SW winds up to 10 kt. Rain.
Sat night..S winds 5 to 10 kt. Rain likely.
Sun..S winds 5 to 15 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Rain.
Sun night..SW winds 5 to 10 kt. Rain likely.
Mon..S winds up to 10 kt. A chance of rain.
Mon night..NW winds up to 10 kt.
Tue..W winds up to 10 kt.
Wed..W winds up to 10 kt.
PZZ500 218 Pm Pdt Fri Apr 3 2020
Synopsis for the central california coast and bays including the Monterey bay..Greater farallones...and cordell bank national marine sanctuaries... Strong northwest winds will generate fresh and steep wind waves creating hazardous conditions for smaller vessels. Winds will then subside by early Saturday morning. A cold upper level low from the gulf of alaska will bring wet weather to the coastal waters and bays this weekend and next week. A moderate northwesterly swell will prevail through much of the forecast period.


7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near San Francisco, CA
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Area Discussion for - San Francisco/Monterey Bay Area, CA
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FXUS66 KMTR 031805 AFDMTR

Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service San Francisco Bay Area 1105 AM PDT Fri Apr 3 2020

SYNOPSIS. Sunny and mild weather today with clouds increasing by tonight ahead of the Saturday cold front. Light rain develops in the North Bay Saturday morning spreading across the Bay Area Saturday afternoon and evening. A second system drops down the coast Sunday keeping a steady rain going for much of the day across the region. Precipitation becomes more showery Sunday night into Monday as the upper low drops down the coast. The parent low will cut-off over Southern California keeping temperatures below normal and the chance of showers in the forecast through midweek.

DISCUSSION. as of 9:15 AM PDT Friday . Another chilly start to the day with widespread temperatures in the 30s to low 40s inland and mid to upper 40s along the shorelines. Today will be similar to yesterday albeit slightly cooler and with increasing high clouds. Latest water vapor imagery indicates increasing moisture advecting into the region under northwesterly flow aloft. As a result, visible imagery shows some thin high clouds at around 20000-25000 feet over the area this morning that have manifested in this moister air mass.

This elevated moisture is associated with the arrival of the first of two storm systems expected to bring unsettled weather to the Bay Area and Central Coast through the upcoming weekend before lingering into much of next week. The first storm system will arrive in the North Bay Saturday evening and slowly dissipate as it shifts southward towards the South Bay, fizzling over the Central Coast late tomorrow. Local WRF data suggests showers may be on the weaker end of previous forecast ranges for southern areas (South Bay, Central Coast) as the system weakens late tomorrow.

That said, local WRF data indicates potential for frontogenesis where the first system stalled out as the second system shifts into the region early Sunday morning -- reinvigorating rain rates for the Santa Cruz mountains, and increasing gusty southerly winds for the Santa Cruz mountains, Monterey Bay/Peninsula, and down the Big Sur coast through Sunday morning.

A second well developed cold frontal boundary associated with the second storm system will then sweep across the region on Sunday and Sunday night. Strong gusty south to southeast winds (gusts 30-45mph in windier spots) and the heaviest sustained rain rates/accumulations of the weekends will be associated with this second surface cold frontal boundary on Sunday.

The upper low is then projected to slow down and wobble as it slides down the California coast throughout much of next week, extending the potential for wet, unsettled weather through Thursday, possibly into Friday. That said, Monday will see the highest likelihood of heavier rain showers and potentially Thunderstorms as the coldest air mass shifts along the coast near the core of the upper low. Latest model runs also show -10C at 700mb over the region Monday and into Tuesday, which generally translates to snow levels around 3500 ft, meaning some of the taller peaks across the area could see a dusting of snow with the post frontal showers early next week.

For those interested in the Sierra/Tahoe snowpack, heavy snow accumulations are expected with these storm systems, be sure to follow NWS Sacramento and Reno for more information. See previous discussion below for more details on the current forecast.

DISCUSSION. as of 3:20 AM PDT Friday . Skies are mostly clear with just some patchy clouds so far in favored locations such as Half Moon Bay and Monterey. Today will be one last quiet weather days with sunshine and highs generally in the 60s. By tonight clouds will be on the increase as the first shortwave drops down from the Gulf of Alaska. Model timing remains consistent and expect rain to develop in the North Bay by around 12z Saturday morning. Light rain slowly spreads southward across the Bay area through lunchtime and the afternoon hours of Saturday with the front losing much of its punch by the time it reaches the Central Coast. Rain amounts by Saturday evening should be up to a half inch in the North Bay with 0.10-0.25 Bay Area southward and little or no rainfall south of Salinas.

There are some subtle but noteworthy changes for the Sunday system. The 00z and 06z NAM keep the core of the upper low and associated cold air farther offshore. The end result will still be a rainy Sunday across the Bay Area as the slow moving boundary impacts the region. The convective parameters dont look nearly as impressive compared to 24 hours ago and snow levels will be much higher through Sunday afternoon with 850 mb temps above zero. Other factor to watch will be the position of the low may induce more unfavorable southeast wind flow versus southwest upslope flow. So some of the exciting meteorological factors are fading on Sunday (t-storms, lowering snow levels, etc) but still expecting a soaking rainfall.

On Sunday night into Monday the coldest air aloft may pass over the region with precip becoming more showery. Forecast will now show t-storm chances on Monday afternoon. Rainfall totals by Monday evening of 0.50-1.00 lower elevations with 1-2 inches for the hills.

ECMWF keeps the low wobbling around Pt Conception right through Weds so lingering showers, especially from the Santa Cruz mtns southward remain in the forecast for Tuesday/Weds with temps running below seasonal norms. The low may finally eject by Thursday/Friday of next week.

AVIATION. as of 10:50 AM PDT Friday . For 18Z TAFs. High clouds and a few patches of low clouds around 2000 ft continue to move across/develop across the region as a storm system approaches from the northwest. A warm front will arrive Saturday morning bringing light rain starting in the North Bay then spreading south. Have introduced rain changes toward the end of the period with the rain probable as early as 12z over the North Bay tonight then spreading south to the Bay area with rain probably around 14z-15z.

Vicinity of KSFO . VFR conditions will prevail with west winds increasing as the afternoon unfolds with west winds around 10 kt strengthening to around 15 kt with gusts to 25 to 30 kt in the afternoon. Increasing clouds tonight, cloud ceilings lowering to MVFR by 14z Saturday with light rain developing.

SFO Bridge Approach . Similar to KSFO.

Monterey Bay Terminals . VFR conditions will prevail with west winds increasing to around 12 kt with gusts to near 20 kt in the afternoon. Increasing clouds tonight, cloud ceilings lowering to MVFR by 17z Saturday with light holding off till the afternoon on Saturday.

MARINE. as of 8:48 AM PDT Friday . Strong northwest winds will generate fresh and steep wind waves creating hazardous conditions for smaller vessels. Winds will then subside by early Saturday morning. A cold upper level low from the Gulf of Alaska will bring wet weather to the coastal waters and bays this weekend and next week. A moderate northwesterly swell will prevail through much of the forecast period.

MTR WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES. Tday. SCA . Pt Reyes to Pigeon Pt 0-10 nm SCA . Pigeon Pt to Pt Pinos 0-10 nm SCA . Pt Arena to Pt Reyes 0-10 nm SCA . Pt Arena to Pigeon Pt 10-60 nm SCA . Pigeon Pt to Pt Piedras Blancas 10-60 nm SCA . Pt Pinos to Pt Piedras Blancas 0-10 nm SCA . Mry Bay from 12 PM SCA . SF Bay from 12 PM



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Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
FTPC1 - 9414290 - San Francisco, CA 1 mi55 min 60°F
PXSC1 2 mi55 min 57°F 40°F
PXOC1 - 9414311 - San Francisco (Pier 1), CA 3 mi55 min W 8.9 G 14 57°F 1016.6 hPa
OBXC1 5 mi55 min 55°F 42°F
OMHC1 - 9414769 - Oakland Middle Harbor Met, CA 6 mi61 min WSW 8 G 9.9
TIBC1 - Tiburon Pier, San Francisco Bay, CA 6 mi63 min SW 1.9 57°F 1017 hPa
OKXC1 - 9414776 - Oakland (Berth 34), CA 6 mi55 min W 11 G 14 56°F 1017.4 hPa
AAMC1 - 9414750 - Alameda, CA 8 mi55 min SSW 4.1 G 5.1 55°F 60°F1017.5 hPa
LNDC1 8 mi55 min W 7 G 12 56°F 1017.3 hPa
RCMC1 - 9414863 - Richmond, CA 8 mi55 min S 4.1 G 7 59°F 58°F1016.9 hPa
PPXC1 - 9414847 - Richmond (Point Potrero), CA 8 mi55 min SSW 7 G 11 58°F 1017.7 hPa
46237 - San Francisco Bar, CA (142) 10 mi73 min 55°F7 ft
DPXC1 - 9415141 - Davis Point, San Pablo Bay, CA 19 mi55 min WSW 5.1 G 7 58°F 1016.7 hPa
46026 - SAN FRANCISCO - 18NM West of San Francisco, CA 21 mi43 min NW 23 G 27 51°F 52°F1018.9 hPa
UPBC1 23 mi55 min WNW 8.9 G 12
MZXC1 - 9415102 - Martinez-Amorco CA 23 mi55 min WNW 9.9 G 11 59°F 59°F1016.6 hPa
RTYC1 - 9414523 - Redwood City, CA 24 mi55 min NW 16 G 19 58°F 60°F1017.7 hPa
PCOC1 - 9415144 - Port Chicago, CA 27 mi55 min W 12 G 13 59°F 59°F1016.3 hPa
PSBC1 - 9415115 - Pittsburg (Suisun Bay), CA 33 mi55 min NNW 11 G 13 60°F 1016.2 hPa
SFXC1 - San Francisco Bay Reserve, CA 35 mi88 min W 7
46012 - HALF MOON BAY - 24NM South Southwest of San Francisco, CA 39 mi33 min NW 23 G 29 52°F 55°F1019.1 hPa45°F

Wind History for San Francisco, CA
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Airport Reports
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AirportDistAgeWind ktVisibilitySky/WeatherTempDewPtHumidityPressure
Oakland, Metro Oakland International Airport, CA14 mi80 minWSW 710.00 miA Few Clouds60°F36°F41%1017.8 hPa
San Francisco, San Francisco International Airport, CA14 mi77 minW 1710.00 miPartly Cloudy60°F37°F42%1017.9 hPa
Hayward, Hayward Air Terminal, CA20 mi79 minW 1010.00 miFair60°F36°F41%1018.5 hPa
Half Moon Bay Airport, CA21 mi73 minNNW 18 G 248.00 miFair and Breezy55°F42°F63%1018.6 hPa
San Carlos Airport, CA22 mi86 minNNW 12 G 1610.00 miClear61°F37°F42%1017.6 hPa
Concord, Buchanan Field, CA24 mi80 minNW 1110.00 miFair65°F34°F32%1015.4 hPa
Novato / Gnoss Field, CA24 mi78 minSW 1210.00 miFair63°F39°F42%1017.3 hPa

Link to 5 minute data for KSFO

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Tide / Current Tables for San Francisco, California
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Fri -- 02:06 AM PDT     2.88 feet Low Tide
Fri -- 04:20 AM PDT     Moonset
Fri -- 06:51 AM PDT     Sunrise
Fri -- 07:50 AM PDT     5.30 feet High Tide
Fri -- 02:33 PM PDT     Moonrise
Fri -- 02:43 PM PDT     -0.26 feet Low Tide
Fri -- 07:35 PM PDT     Sunset
Fri -- 10:04 PM PDT     4.80 feet High Tide
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Tide / Current Tables for Golden Gate Bridge .8 mi E ., San Francisco Bay, California Current
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Fri -- 01:12 AM PDT     -1.36 knots Max Ebb
Fri -- 04:20 AM PDT     Moonset
Fri -- 04:27 AM PDT     0.00 knots Slack
Fri -- 06:51 AM PDT     Sunrise
Fri -- 07:06 AM PDT     1.84 knots Max Flood
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Fri -- 01:21 PM PDT     -2.92 knots Max Ebb
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Fri -- 05:05 PM PDT     0.00 knots Slack
Fri -- 07:35 PM PDT     Sunset
Fri -- 08:12 PM PDT     3.20 knots Max Flood
Fri -- 11:26 PM PDT     -0.00 knots Slack
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