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Sunrise 7:00AMSunset 4:10PM Wednesday December 11, 2019 7:31 PM EST (00:31 UTC) Moonrise 4:58PMMoonset 7:13AM Illumination 100% Phase: Full Moon; Moon at 15 days in cycle
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Marine Forecasts
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ANZ251 Massachusetts Bay And Ipswich Bay- 716 Pm Est Wed Dec 11 2019
.gale warning in effect from 11 pm this evening to 7 am est Thursday...
Tonight..W winds 15 to 20 kt, increasing to 20 to 25 kt after midnight. Gusts up to 35 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft.
Thu..NW winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt, becoming W 5 to 10 kt in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 4 ft.
Thu night..S winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.
Fri..S winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft. Patchy fog.
Fri night..SE winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft. Patchy fog. Rain. Vsby 1 to 3 nm.
Sat..E winds 15 to 20 kt, becoming S 10 to 15 kt in the afternoon. Gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 4 to 7 ft. Patchy fog. Rain. Vsby 1 to 3 nm.
Sat night..S winds 10 to 15 kt, becoming sw 15 to 20 kt after midnight. Gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 4 to 7 ft. Patchy fog. A chance of rain.
Sun through Mon..W winds 20 to 25 kt with gusts up to 35 kt. Seas 4 to 6 ft.
Mon night..NW winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft. Patchy fog. A chance of snow. Vsby 1 to 3 nm. Seas are reported as significant wave height, which is the average of the highest third of the waves. Individual wave heights may be more than twice the significant wave height.
ANZ200 716 Pm Est Wed Dec 11 2019
Synopsis for massachusetts and rhode island coastal waters.. A secondary cold front will cross the waters this evening. This will be followed by large high pres building over the waters on Thu. The high will move off the coast on Fri as low pres approaches from the southwest Fri night and moves across the waters on Sat. High pres builds over the waters by Mon. For information on possible hazardous weather beyond the 24-36 hour forecast period, please visit www.weather.gov/boston and follow the current hazards link above the map on the left.


7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Rockport, MA
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Area Discussion for - Boston, MA
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FXUS61 KBOX 112348 AFDBOX

Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Boston/Norton MA 648 PM EST Wed Dec 11 2019

SYNOPSIS. A reinforcing cold front will slide in tonight bringing dry, gusty and cold weather tonight. High pressure will bring cold conditions with light winds on Thursday and Friday. Temperatures warm up Saturday, but a developing low across the southeast U.S. will shift up the coast with the potential for periods of heavy rain on Saturday, possibly beginning as a period of light snow across interior Massachusetts late on Friday. Drier and cooler weather returns Sunday into Monday. Another storm may impact the region Monday night into Tuesday with snow or rain.

NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 AM THURSDAY MORNING/. 645 PM Update:

Still have weak ridging in place over much of Southern New England early this evening, with mainly light S/SW winds with temperatures in the 20s to lower 30s. We continue to await the cold front associated with a shot of much colder air and a wind shift to NW. This synoptic feature is now working its way through eastern NY into the eastern slopes of the Adirondacks. Temperatures should fall quickly now that the sun has set, at least until the front clears our area late tonight into early overnight. A dry frontal passage, but winds will likely increase post-frontal with gusts to 20-25 mph with cold advection into the overnight. The winds may otherwise slow radiational cooling somewhat but we still expect a steady fall in temperatures to lows in the low teens to low 20s. Single- digit readings could be possible in NW MA with existing snowpack.

Because temperatures are expected to be in the teens to low 20s, any wet pavement or slushy snow on the roads or sidewalks should freeze, with untreated surfaces becoming slippery. Some wet spots should evaporate given the dry advection and the winds overnight, but expect there to still be some icy patches. A SPS for black ice was issued.

Previous discussion follows .

Reinforcing cold front sliding in tonight. This will advect -10 to -15 degree Celsius air at 850 hPa. This will usher in gusty winds and cold air. Nudged temperatures down toward to the coldest guidance due to the fresh snowpack across the interior and relatively clear skies. Am somewhat uncertain how much the strong winds will offset the radiational cooling, but there will be strong cold air advection.

SHORT TERM /6 AM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT/. Thursday .

Mid level ridge slides across the eastern Great Lakes and New England. At the surface high pressure will build into the region bringing mostly sunny skies. This will relax the pressure gradient over the region and should bring an end to the gusty winds early on Thursday. Could see a few gusts up to 30 to 35 mph tonight. It may not be until mid to late in the morning that gusty winds subside over the Cape and Islands. Northwest winds will gradually shift to a southwesterly direction as the day progresses. Warmer air will begin advecting in aloft as winds shift to a southwesterly direction at 850 hPa with temperatures warming to -5 to 0 degrees Celsius. High confidence in the forecast.

Thursday night into early Friday .

A negatively tilted shortwave trough will lift from the central Great Lakes into southwesterly Quebec overnight. During this same timeframe high pressure will shift off to the northeast into Nova Scotia. The shortwave trough lifting off to the northwest of the region will bring increasing cloudiness. Nudged temperatures toward the 25th percentile of guidance to account for light winds and relatively clear skies. If clouds take longer to enter then am not cold enough, but if clouds move in quicker than currently forecast then temperatures are too cold.

LONG TERM /FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY/. Highlights .

* Temperatures moderate to near seasonal levels on Friday as next weather system brings the potential for heavy rain & localized flooding on Saturday. Flooding risks may be exacerbated by snowmelt.

* Leftover rain/snow showers linger into early Sunday. Strong northwest winds on Sunday, especially in coastal areas with gusts up to 40 kts. Gale headlines might be needed for Sunday over the waters.

* Drying out and seasonably cold on Monday before the next system arrives on Tuesday, giving us another round of snow before mixing with or changing to rain. Confidence is very low this far out. Details .

Friday through Saturday night .

***Heavy Rain and Flood Potential on Saturday***

By Friday morning, the 1040mb high moves east into the Canadian Maritimes. This will allow a potent low pressure system to move north. A southeasterly flow should see high temperatures moderate to the upper 30s to low 40s in the interior and mid to upper 40s near the coast. These values are near seasonal levels for mid December. Friday looks to be mostly dry except for isolated showers for parts of the interior late Friday afternoon. This is ahead of the main system that arrives on Saturday. Enough shallow cold air could linger in interior MA and CT for the precipitation to start off as snow or mixed precipitation. Surface maps also have signatures of cold air drainage from the northeast so there may be a few hours of light snow or mixed precipitation. But as warmer air lifts north, any precipitation should change over to plain rain showers by Friday evening.

By Friday night, the 500mb long wave trough starts digging out of the midwest into the southeast states. This will set up a strong southwest mid level wind flow allowing the deep layer moisture to work into the northeast late Friday into early Saturday morning, with PWATs up to 2-3 standard deviations above normal and pockets of 3-4 standard deviations along the Eastern MA coast. Looking at the guidances from WPC and using model blend, it looks like we can expect between 1 to 1.5 inches of QPF for Western MA and 1.5 to 2 inches of QPF near the coast. There is still some uncertainty with regards to the total QPF, because the ECMWF Ensemble shows a 50% chance of 24-hour QPF exceeding 1 inch. But with the PWAT anomalies being so anomalous and a 60 to 70 kt 850mb jet in the vicinity, I would lean towards the system being an impressive rain maker. While this is a relatively progressive system, heavy rainfall rates at times on Saturday morning and afternoon could lead to localized flooding. With the low level jet kicking in late Fri night, overnight temperatures on Friday will exhibit a non-diurnal trend. There would also be a significant uptick in dew points, with 40s in Western MA/CT and 50s elsewhere. High temperatures on Saturday look to be in the mid to upper 40s across the interior and mid to upper 50s near the coast.

An issue of concern for Saturday is the flooding potential. According to co-op observers' reports this morning, we have about a 6 inch snow depth with just under 2 inches snow water equivalent in Northwest MA. That gives us about 30% snow density, which indicates a ripe snowpack. So the combination of snowmelt runoff and heavy rain may result in localized urban and poor drainage flooding. We will continue to monitor river levels for any rises.

Sunday .

** Strong winds on Sunday **

Low pressure will shift northeast into Maine and the Maritimes by Sunday morning, though there may be scattered showers on Sunday morning. It could be cold enough in the East Slopes of the Berkshires and the Northern Worcester Hills for snow showers but any accumulations would be very light. The main concern on Sunday, however, is the wind. In wake of the departing low, northwest winds increase, possibly gusting up to 25 kts in the interior higher elevations and up to 40 kts over the waters. This is supported by Bufkit soundings show a momentum transfer of 34 kts at the bottom of the boundary layer and 45 kts at the top of the boundary layer in Boston early Sunday afternoon. As a result, we will likely need gale headlines for Sunday.

Next Monday through Wednesday .

** Potential for snow mixing with/changing to rain on Tuesday but low confidence this far out**

Another cold front will sweep across the region by Monday morning, bringing gusty northwest winds and colder air across the region. Expect highs on Monday to be in the 30s and 40s. Another low pressure system looks to impact the area by early Tuesday. With the cold air in place, it should start off as snow before changing to mixed precipitation or rain away from the interior. But since we are still 6 days away, confidence is extremely low in any specific solution. The precipitation comes to an end late Tuesday along with a cold front passage. Wednesday looks dry but with below average high temperatures in the 20s in the interior and 30s near the coast.

AVIATION /23Z WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY/. Forecaster Confidence Levels .

Low - less than 30 percent. Moderate - 30 to 60 percent. High - greater than 60 percent.

Short Term /through Thursday Night/ . High confidence.

00Z TAF Update:

Tonight: VFR. A cold front will result in initial S/SW 4-6 kt winds to become NW and increase with gusts to 18-25 kts starting around 03-06z.

Thursday: VFR under high pressure. NW winds around 7-10 kts with gusts to 20 kts early, though will begin to subside into the late-aftn hrs toward light/variable.

Thursday Night: VFR for the first half of the evening, then beginning to trend to VFR/MVFR late. Leading edge of a warm front then encourages an increasing clouds from the S/SE, perhaps to MVFR levels early Friday morning towards CT/RI into the South Coast/Cape. Winds become ESE/SE, with possible LLWS by daybreak as SWly low-level jet of 35-40 kts brushes areas near/W of ORH.

KBOS Terminal . High confidence. NW gusts 20-25 kts developing after 05z with dry FROPA.

KBDL Terminal . High confidence.

Outlook /Friday through Monday/ .

Friday: MVFR/IFR conditions possible. Breezy. Chance RA, patchy BR.

Friday Night: Mainly IFR, with areas MVFR possible. Breezy. Chance RA, patchy BR, chance FZRA.

Saturday: Mainly IFR, with areas MVFR possible. Windy with local gusts up to 30 kt. RA likely, patchy BR.

Saturday Night: Mainly MVFR, with local IFR possible. Breezy. Chance RA, patchy BR.

Sunday: Mainly VFR, with local MVFR possible. Windy with gusts up to 35 kt. Slight chance RA.

Sunday Night: VFR. Windy with gusts up to 35 kt.

Monday: VFR. Windy with local gusts up to 30 kt.

MARINE. Short Term /through Thursday Night/ .

Tonight . A reinforcing cold front will slide through and bring strong mixing over the relatively mild ocean. Westerly wind gusts of 30 to gales of 35 knots will develop over the open waters. Best opportunity for gales is across eastern Massachusetts waters.

Thursday . Wind speeds and gusts diminishing early as high pressure builds in. Winds 10 to 20 knots during the morning with gusts of 15 to 25 knots. During the afternoon speeds decrease to 5 to 15 knots with gusts diminishing to 10 to 15 knots.

Thursday night . High pressure shifting to the northeast of the region. Wind speeds of 5 to 10 knots. Speeds increasing after midnight. Gusts increasing to 15 to 20 knots after midnight.

Outlook /Friday through Monday/ .

Friday: Winds less than 25 kt. Seas locally approaching 5 ft. Patchy fog.

Friday Night: Low risk for Small Craft Advisory winds with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas up to 5 ft. Chance of rain, patchy fog. Local visibility 1 to 3 nm.

Saturday: Moderate risk for Small Craft Advisory winds with areas of gusts up to 30 kt. Rough seas up to 11 ft. Rain, patchy fog. Areas of visibility 1 to 3 nm.

Saturday Night: Moderate risk for Small Craft Advisory winds with gusts up to 30 kt. Rough seas up to 12 ft. Chance of rain, patchy fog.

Sunday: Moderate risk for gale force winds with gusts up to 40 kt. Rough seas up to 13 ft. Slight chance of rain.

Sunday Night: Moderate risk for gale force winds with gusts up to 40 kt. Rough seas up to 13 ft.

Monday: Moderate risk for Small Craft Advisory winds with gusts up to 30 kt. Rough seas up to 11 ft.

BOX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES. CT . None. MA . None. RI . None. MARINE . Small Craft Advisory until 10 AM EST Thursday for ANZ231>234. Small Craft Advisory until 4 AM EST Thursday for ANZ230-236. Small Craft Advisory until 11 AM EST Thursday for ANZ235-237- 255-256. Gale Warning from 11 PM this evening to 7 AM EST Thursday for ANZ250-251-254.

SYNOPSIS . BL/Chai NEAR TERM . BL/Loconto SHORT TERM . BL LONG TERM . Chai AVIATION . BL/Loconto/Chai MARINE . BL/Loconto/Chai


Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
44029 - Buoy A0102 - Mass. Bay/Stellwagen 9 mi87 min WNW 14 G 18 34°F 46°F1022.3 hPa
44013 - BOSTON 16 NM East of Boston, MA 21 mi101 min W 16 G 21 35°F 47°F3 ft1023.5 hPa (+1.5)21°F
IOSN3 - Isle of Shoals, NH 22 mi31 min WSW 17 G 19 33°F 1023.6 hPa (+1.8)23°F
44098 - Jeffrey's Ledge, NH (160) 26 mi23 min 46°F4 ft
BGXN3 - Great Bay Reserve, NH 30 mi106 min SSW 1.9 26°F 1023 hPa22°F
BHBM3 - 8443970 - Boston, MA 31 mi43 min 33°F 41°F1024 hPa
44030 - Buoy B0102 - Western Maine Shelf 38 mi87 min SW 14 G 19 34°F 46°F4 ft1023.5 hPa
44018 - SE Cape Cod 30NM East of Nantucket, MA 40 mi101 min W 14 G 19 31°F 3 ft1024.1 hPa (+1.7)26°F
WELM1 - 8419317 - Wells, ME 46 mi43 min W 2.9 G 5.1 27°F 43°F1024 hPa
WEXM1 - Wells Reserve, ME 48 mi91 min SW 1.9 26°F 23°F

Wind History for Wells, ME
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Airport Reports
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Beverly, Beverly Municipal Airport, MA17 mi38 minWSW 510.00 miFair26°F21°F81%1024.2 hPa

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Tide / Current Tables for Rockport, Massachusetts
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Wed -- 03:50 AM EST     0.73 feet Low Tide
Wed -- 06:13 AM EST     Moonset
Wed -- 07:02 AM EST     Sunrise
Wed -- 10:05 AM EST     9.37 feet High Tide
Wed -- 03:58 PM EST     Moonrise
Wed -- 04:08 PM EST     Sunset
Wed -- 04:26 PM EST     -0.19 feet Low Tide
Wed -- 10:40 PM EST     8.34 feet High Tide
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Tide / Current Tables for Marblehead Channel, Massachusetts Current
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Wed -- 02:49 AM EST     -0.36 knots Max Ebb
Wed -- 05:12 AM EST     0.00 knots Slack
Wed -- 06:13 AM EST     Moonset
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Wed -- 07:41 AM EST     0.45 knots Max Flood
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Wed -- 02:54 PM EST     -0.42 knots Max Ebb
Wed -- 03:59 PM EST     Moonrise
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Wed -- 05:42 PM EST     0.00 knots Slack
Wed -- 08:11 PM EST     0.43 knots Max Flood
Wed -- 11:30 PM EST     -0.00 knots Slack
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