Winthrop Harbor, IL Marine Weather and Tide Forecast

Marine Weather and Tide Forecast for Winthrop Harbor, IL

December 7, 2023 7:03 AM CST (13:03 UTC)
Sunrise 7:05AM   Sunset 4:20PM   Moonrise  2:24AM   Moonset 2:20PM 

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LMZ646 Wind Point Wi To Winthrop Harbor Il- 505 Am Cst Thu Dec 7 2023
Today..Southwest wind 10 to 15 knots backing south late in the afternoon. Sunny. Waves 1 to 2 feet.
Tonight..South wind 10 to 15 knots rising to 15 to 20 knots after midnight, then veering southwest early in the morning. Partly cloudy. Waves 1 to 2 feet building to 2 to 4 feet after midnight.
Friday..Southwest wind 15 to 20 knots becoming south 10 to 15 knots late in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy. Waves 2 to 4 feet subsiding to 1 to 2 feet late in the afternoon.
Friday night..South wind 10 to 15 knots becoming south 10 to 15 knots with gusts to around 20 knots after midnight, then rising to 15 to 20 knots with gusts to around 25 knots early in the morning. Slight chance of rain through around midnight, then rain likely after midnight. Waves 1 to 2 feet building to 2 to 4 feet early in the morning.
wave heights are for ice free areas.

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7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Winthrop Harbor village, IL
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Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Chicago/Romeoville, IL 525 AM CST Thu Dec 7 2023

Issued at 248 AM CST Thu Dec 7 2023

Through Friday...

Key messages:

* Warmer conditions today and Friday.

While a robust subsidence inversion centered around 850 will suppress mixing today, warming southwesterlies will allow temperatures to jump into the lower 50s under mostly sunny skies (for once) with just some periodic cirrus.

Another stout low-level jet will develop tonight and will start to pump slightly more appreciable moisture our way, with surface dewpoints crawling upwards into the 40s. A large spread remains in guidance regarding the magnitude and depth of saturation associated with this LLJ (and associated mid-level shortwave). In typical fashion, NAM/NAMNest output saturate things up solidly through 850 mb as the aforementioned vort lobe rotates through tonight, sufficient to potentially even squeeze out some drizzle.
The rest of the guidance suite remains more subdued in this regard, and have maintained this (dry) thinking in the gridded forecast.

The degree of stratus development will have some impact on Friday's high temperatures, and with model guidance depicting a bit more in the way of low-level moisture on Friday, continued to favor the blended offering for high temperatures on Friday generally in the mid 50s as opposed to going warmer. Some 60 degree readings are certainly on the table, particularly in our south and west, but model trends are enough to support maintaining a more middle-of-the-road forecast.


Issued at 248 AM CST Thu Dec 7 2023

Friday night through Wednesday...

Key Messages:

* Storm system brings widespread rain to the area Friday night into Saturday with a low chance (around 10%) for a thunderstorm.

* Slight chance (10% to 15%) of lake effect showers for far eastern potions of northwest Indiana counties, mainly Porter.

* Seasonable temperatures through next week.

The main focus for the extended period continues to be the storm system that is forecast to move through the area Friday night into Saturday. While overall thinking remains largely unchanged in terms of local expectations there are a few notable changes in the 00z guidance that are worth discussing.

The first of these changes is in regards to the evolution of the leading shortwave trough which is currently traversing the Sierra Nevada. This wave is expected to lift northward into the Upper Midwest this afternoon and now looks to progressively slow as it does so. At the same time, a second wave is forecast to move onshore near the northern California coast tonight and eject into the Four Corners region on Friday. The second wave should then begin to deepen as it continues to progress eastward into the central CONUS and phase with the aforementioned leading wave Friday night into Saturday. As this occurs, a surface frontal boundary is expected to develop near the Mississippi Valley on Friday and get shoved eastward into our area Friday night as the trough catches up to the boundary. This will lead to the development of a surface low over northern Missouri which guidance now lifts northeastward directly overhead Saturday morning before moving into lower Michigan Saturday afternoon.

A broad area of precipitation will also take shape near the aforementioned low and lift into northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana Friday night. Precipitation is expected to continue through at least Saturday morning as the low passes overhead and then taper from northwest to southeast as the front gets dragged through the area. Given that guidance has come into very good agreement with this evolution over the past several runs and that temperatures are expected to remain in the 40s and lower 50s through the duration, confidence is high that rain will be the sole precipitation type for this event. As previously stated, rainfall is expected to be widespread, but amounts do not look to be overly impressive with most areas forecast to pick up two to three tenths of an inch. But locally higher totals could be realized if thunderstorms are able to materialize.

Speaking of thunderstorms, the thunder threat continues to look meager compared to what it was 24-hours ago, but there are some guidance members that produce a couple hundred joules of CAPE in the southern third to half of our forecast area. The latest NBM forecast has once again offered up thunder probabilities around 10% which seem reasonable based on latest trends so have left thunder out of the forecast for now. Though I still cannot rule out a stray storm or two developing Saturday morning, particularly south of I-80 where the better moisture and instability look to overlap. While the kinematic fields are expected to be increasing Saturday morning, the aforementioned marginal instability and unfavorable diurnal time look to keep the threat for any strong to severe storms low and south of our area at least for now.

Once the front clears the area Saturday afternoon, most areas are expected to dry out and remain as such through the remainder of the weekend. However, the upper trough is expected to still be over the Great Lakes which guidance suggests will allow a couple of disturbances to pass through the area and lead to the development of lake effect rain and snow showers on Sunday. Given that current wind trajectories look to be out of the west- northwest I suspect that the bulk, if not all, lake effect showers should be confined to northern Indiana and Lower Michigan. Though I cannot completely rule out a few of these showers brushing the far eastern portions of Porter county, thus have left the 10 to 20 percent POPs in the forecast for this potential.

Beyond the weekend, guidance is in good agreement that upper- level northwest flow will persist through the majority, if not all, of next week. While this pattern usually favors periods of active weather locally, guidance does show a broad high developing over the southern CONUS which may limit moisture return into our area and keep precipitation chances low if not zero through next week if not longer. Though we will need to monitor trends going forward before we can say for certain. Regardless, seasonable temperatures for the middle of December are expected for Sunday into next week.



Issued at 248 AM CST Thu Dec 7 2023

Unseasonably warm temperatures are expected Thursday through early Saturday. While record temperatures appear safe, they are included here for Rockford and Chicago to provide added context.

Friday, December 8th.....60 in 1980

Friday, December 8th.....64 in 1946

The record warmest low temperatures for the calendar day, December 8th are,

Rockford...37 in 1987

Chicago....53 in 1946

For the 12Z TAFs...

Forecast concerns for the terminals...

* LLWS threat again tonight between 03z and daybreak Friday

* Chance for MVFR clouds to develop Friday morning

High pressure will build into the area today which will maintain VFR conditions through the majority of the forecast period.
However, there is a growing signal in guidance that some MVFR stratus may develop Friday morning as a weak disturbance passes overhead. While this is a lower confidence scenario, most forecast soundings do show enough low-level moisture to warrant the introduction of a FEW020 mention Friday morning.

Otherwise, southwest winds will prevail through the period with speeds generally around 10 kts. Another strong low-level jet (40 to 45 kts) is expected to develop in the 1500 to 2000 ft layer after 03z this evening and persist through daybreak. As a result a threat for LLWS exists during this period and therefore has been maintained at all TAF sites.



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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesinHgDewPt
KNSW3 - Kenosha, WI 8 mi64 min SW 4.1G7 37°F 29.86
WHRI2 - Waukegan Harbor, IL 8 mi64 min SW 7G8 38°F
MLWW3 - Milwaukee, WI 37 mi24 min W 6G8 37°F
CHII2 - Chicago, IL 40 mi34 min S 19G21 40°F 35°F
OKSI2 40 mi124 min WNW 7G17 40°F
45214 44 mi44 min 46°F5 ft
CNII2 44 mi19 min WSW 11 37°F 30°F

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Wind History for Calumet Harbor, IL
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AirportDistAgeWind ktVisSkyWeatherTempDewPtRHinHg
KUGN WAUKEGAN NATIONAL,IL 4 sm72 minWSW 0910 smClear37°F28°F70%29.86
KENW KENOSHA RGNL,WI 11 sm70 minWSW 0710 smClear36°F28°F75%29.86
KRAC BATTEN INTL,WI 20 sm70 minWSW 0710 smClear37°F28°F70%29.86

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