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Richmond, CA

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Sunrise 5:50AMSunset 8:37PM Thursday July 2, 2020 10:50 AM PDT (17:50 UTC) Moonrise 5:26PMMoonset 2:38AM Illumination 91% 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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PZZ530 San Pablo Bay, Suisun Bay, The West Delta And The San Francisco Bay North Of The Bay Bridge- 816 Am Pdt Thu Jul 2 2020
.small craft advisory in effect until 9 am pdt this morning...
.small craft advisory in effect from 3 pm pdt this afternoon through this evening...
Today..SW winds 10 to 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt.
Tonight..SW winds 10 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt.
Fri..SW winds 10 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt.
Fri night..SW winds 5 to 15 kt with gusts up to 25 kt.
Independence day..SW winds 5 to 15 kt with gusts up to 25 kt.
Sat night..SW winds 5 to 15 kt.
Sun..W winds 10 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt.
Mon..W winds 10 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt.
PZZ500 816 Am Pdt Thu Jul 2 2020
Synopsis for the central california coast and bays including the Monterey bay..Greater farallones...and cordell bank national marine sanctuaries... Moderate to strong northwest winds will continue over the northern outer waters today. These winds will generate steep fresh swell resulting in hazardous seas conditions, particularly for smaller vessels. Generally light to moderate winds expected elsewhere as high pressure weakens off the california coast and a low pressure system develops off the pacific northwest. Winds will begin to subside tonight and tomorrow, though locally breezy conditions over the northern outer waters will persist into the weekend. A long-period southerly swell train will arrive late tonight into tomorrow. This will cause occasional breaking waves over nearshore shoals and strong currents along the coast, especially near points and headlands.


7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Richmond, CA
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Area Discussion for - San Francisco/Monterey Bay Area, CA
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FXUS66 KMTR 021553 AFDMTR

Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service San Francisco Bay Area 853 AM PDT Thu Jul 2 2020

SYNOPSIS. Seasonal temperatures today, followed by warming through Independence Day, with minor day to day changes possible next week. Light to moderate onshore flow will prevail through the period, along with areas of night and morning coastal low clouds and fog.

DISCUSSION. as of 8:50 AM PDT Thursday . The marine layer is evident on visible satellite imagery this morning along the coast and the inland valleys. The Bodega Bay profiler suggests a depth of around 2000 feet while the Fort Ord Profiler is closer to 2500 feet this morning. Northwest winds and a drier air mass rounding Cape Mendocino have scoured out a hole in the marine layer farther offshore but no holes exist in the stratus along the immediate coast. A surface eddy is driving weak southwest winds and helping to reinforce the marine layer inland from the thicker layer to the south rather than the drier air from the northwest. As such, could see the low clouds linger through the mid to late morning for marine influenced sites. No significant concerns today with somewhat below normal temperatures (3-11 degrees) across the region.

High pressure builds from the desert southwest over the next few days and will bring a warming/drying trend which will peak on Saturday (Independence Day). Temperatures will rise to become slightly to somewhat above seasonable conditions, mainly inland, where afternoon highs will be in the mid 80s to mid 90s, meanwhile (San Jose, Concord, Livermore, Santa Rosa, Napa), the San Francisco Bay/Monterey Bay Shorelines will be in the low 70s to low 80s. A period of north to northwest winds Saturday night into Sunday morning will exacerbate fire weather risk for the North Bay hills and mountains. Meanwhile, low humidity values will elevate fire weather risk given the increase in the number of fire works being shot off this weekend, especially given that the local WRF suggests a compression and significant weakening of the marine layer by Saturday night. That said, the main fire risk will be from human related activities through the holiday weekend (rather than from the weather conditions) so please be mindful of any outdoor activities that may lead to a spark that could ignite a wildfire.

No updates planned this morning. See previous discussion for more details on the current forecast.

PREVIOUS DISCUSSION. as of 3:15 AM PDT Thursday . A retrograding upper level low over the PacNW and broad upper trough covering much of the West Coast continues to be the large scale weather features of note. The lowering 500 mb heights, decreasing N-S gradient and continued onshore flow allowed for a better marine layer push overnight. Satellite fog product shows solid stratus along the entire coastline, up the Salinas Valley, in San Francisco Bay and even in the North Bay Valleys. Fort Ord Profiler puts the depth at near 2,000 feet. The deeper marine layer has reduced chances for dense fog, but patchy fog and some coastal drizzle are still possible early this morning. Today's weather will be similar to Wednesday with inland sunshine and coastal clouds. Temperatures will be with in a few degrees of yesterday or 60/70s coast and 80/90s interior.

The current forecast for Friday and the upcoming holiday weekend remain on track. The upper trough begins to lift northward on Friday as a ridge of high pressure builds in from the Desert Southward. Friday will feature a slight upward trend in temperatures, but more noticeable warming will occur over the holiday weekend. No major heat risk concerns with the warm up, but temperatures away from the coast will be above seasonal averages. Lack of strong offshore flow or strong northerly gradients will keep night/morning low clouds in the forecast as well.

One potential item of concern for the upcoming holiday weekend will be a very dry airmass moving in over the region Saturday night/early Sunday morning. Lastest local WRF model develops weak offshore flow at 2500 feet with lowering humidity 25-35% over higher terrain. Fortunately, winds do not appear to overly strong Saturday night. Nonetheless, dry and mild conditions in the hills combine with possible fireworks will heighten fire weather concerns.

High pressure retreats southward on Monday as another trough approaches from the NW. A slight cooling trend develops early next week. The latest medium range models keep cooling trend for much of next week with night/morning clouds.

AVIATION. As of 04:28 AM PDT Thursday . For 12z tafs. Satellite imagery shows stratus remains along the coast with patchy low clouds around the SF Bay Area and over the Monterey Bay. Patchy MVFR/IFR cigs this morning along the coast and around the SF Bay through about 16z-17z with later clearing times around the Monterey Bay. Southerly winds anticipated to keep stratus out of SJC. S/SW winds this morning around turning W/SW this afternoon around 10-15 kt with locally higher gusts possible. Expecting stratus to return tonight.

Vicinity of KSFO . Southerly winds may keep cigs from becoming BKN around the terminal, though MVFR conditions possible through about 16z-17z this morning. Light southerly winds this morning becoming westerly this afternoon around 15 kt.

SFO Bridge Approach . Similar to KSFO, though clouds may fill in over the approach while southerly winds keep the terminal clear.

Monterey Bay Terminals . MVFR/IFR cigs through about 18z-20z. It is possible for KMRY to remain under BKN conditions all day, though confidence is low. Should clearing occur, expect an early return late this afternoon/early this evening. Light winds this morning becoming onshore this afternoon around 10-15 kt.

MARINE. as of 08:34 AM PDT Thursday . Moderate to strong northwest winds will continue over the northern outer waters today. These winds will generate steep fresh swell resulting in hazardous seas conditions, particularly for smaller vessels. Generally light to moderate winds expected elsewhere as high pressure weakens off the California coast and a low pressure system develops off the Pacific Northwest. Winds will begin to subside tonight and tomorrow, though locally breezy conditions over the northern outer waters will persist into the weekend. A long-period southerly swell train will arrive late tonight into tomorrow. This will cause occasional breaking waves over nearshore shoals and strong currents along the coast, especially near points and headlands.

MTR WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES. Tday. SCA . Pt Arena to Pigeon Pt 10-60 nm SCA . SF Bay until 9 AM SCA . Pigeon Pt to Pt Piedras Blancas 10-60 nm until 9 AM SCA . SF Bay from 3 PM



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Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
PPXC1 - 9414847 - Richmond (Point Potrero), CA 1 mi56 min SW 5.1 G 7 60°F 1012.8 hPa
RCMC1 - 9414863 - Richmond, CA 2 mi56 min SSW 4.1 G 7 60°F 64°F1012.2 hPa
TIBC1 - Tiburon Pier, San Francisco Bay, CA 4 mi52 min NW 4.1 60°F 1013 hPa
OKXC1 - 9414776 - Oakland (Berth 34), CA 7 mi56 min SSE 4.1 G 6 61°F 1012.4 hPa
PXSC1 7 mi56 min 60°F 54°F
OMHC1 - 9414769 - Oakland Middle Harbor Met, CA 8 mi56 min S 5.1 G 8.9
OBXC1 8 mi56 min 59°F 54°F
PXOC1 - 9414311 - San Francisco (Pier 1), CA 8 mi56 min NE 1.9 G 5.1 58°F 1011.5 hPa
FTPC1 - 9414290 - San Francisco, CA 9 mi56 min WNW 7 G 8.9 58°F 63°F1012.8 hPa
AAMC1 - 9414750 - Alameda, CA 10 mi56 min SSW 2.9 G 5.1 58°F 68°F1012.5 hPa
LNDC1 10 mi56 min SSW 6 G 8 59°F 1012.3 hPa
DPXC1 - 9415141 - Davis Point, San Pablo Bay, CA 12 mi56 min WSW 8.9 G 12 61°F 1011.9 hPa
UPBC1 16 mi56 min WNW 13 G 17
46237 - San Francisco Bar, CA (142) 16 mi50 min 58°F5 ft
MZXC1 - 9415102 - Martinez-Amorco CA 16 mi56 min WNW 14 G 16 62°F 69°F1011.5 hPa
PCOC1 - 9415144 - Port Chicago, CA 21 mi56 min W 15 G 18 62°F 70°F1011.2 hPa
46026 - SAN FRANCISCO - 18NM West of San Francisco, CA 27 mi30 min S 9.7 G 12 54°F 55°F1013.1 hPa52°F
SFXC1 - San Francisco Bay Reserve, CA 27 mi65 min W 9.9
PSBC1 - 9415115 - Pittsburg (Suisun Bay), CA 28 mi56 min WNW 12 G 16 66°F 1010.9 hPa
RTYC1 - 9414523 - Redwood City, CA 29 mi56 min WNW 2.9 G 5.1 60°F 74°F1012.6 hPa
46012 - HALF MOON BAY - 24NM South Southwest of San Francisco, CA 47 mi30 min S 12 G 18 54°F 1013 hPa51°F

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Airport Reports
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AirportDistAgeWind ktVisibilitySky/WeatherTempDewPtHumidityPressure
Oakland, Metro Oakland International Airport, CA17 mi57 minSW 610.00 miA Few Clouds63°F52°F68%1012.4 hPa
Concord, Buchanan Field, CA18 mi57 minS 1110.00 miFair67°F50°F55%1010.1 hPa
Novato / Gnoss Field, CA19 mi75 minNE 59.00 miMostly Cloudy61°F53°F77%1012.5 hPa
San Francisco, San Francisco International Airport, CA20 mi54 minNNE 510.00 miA Few Clouds62°F50°F65%1012 hPa
Napa, Napa County Airport, CA21 mi56 minVar 510.00 miPartly Cloudy62°F51°F67%1011.3 hPa
Hayward, Hayward Air Terminal, CA22 mi56 minSSW 610.00 miFair64°F50°F60%1012.8 hPa

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Tide / Current Tables for Richmond Inner Harbor, San Francisco Bay, California
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Richmond Inner Harbor
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Thu -- 03:38 AM PDT     Moonset
Thu -- 04:44 AM PDT     -0.69 feet Low Tide
Thu -- 05:51 AM PDT     Sunrise
Thu -- 11:35 AM PDT     4.54 feet High Tide
Thu -- 04:11 PM PDT     2.35 feet Low Tide
Thu -- 06:26 PM PDT     Moonrise
Thu -- 08:35 PM PDT     Sunset
Thu -- 10:25 PM PDT     6.96 feet High Tide
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Tide / Current Tables for Point Richmond .5 mi W, San Francisco Bay, California Current
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Point Richmond .5 mi W
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Thu -- 02:20 AM PDT     -1.49 knots Max Ebb
Thu -- 03:38 AM PDT     Moonset
Thu -- 05:51 AM PDT     Sunrise
Thu -- 05:56 AM PDT     0.01 knots Slack
Thu -- 09:39 AM PDT     1.17 knots Max Flood
Thu -- 12:54 PM PDT     -0.01 knots Slack
Thu -- 02:59 PM PDT     -0.68 knots Max Ebb
Thu -- 05:42 PM PDT     0.00 knots Slack
Thu -- 06:26 PM PDT     Moonrise
Thu -- 08:35 PM PDT     Sunset
Thu -- 09:10 PM PDT     0.90 knots Max Flood
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