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Sunrise 6:13AMSunset 7:12PM Saturday April 4, 2020 11:11 PM EDT (03:11 UTC) Moonrise 2:52PMMoonset 4:42AM 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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ANZ153 Casco Bay- 1047 Pm Edt Sat Apr 4 2020
Overnight..S winds around 5 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft.
Sun..S winds around 5 kt, increasing to 5 to 10 kt in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 4 ft.
Sun night..S winds 5 to 10 kt, becoming W after midnight. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Scattered showers.
Mon..NW winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 1 to 2 ft.
Mon night..NW winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 1 foot or less.
Tue..W winds around 5 kt. Seas 1 foot or less.
Tue night..NW winds around 5 kt, becoming ne after midnight. Seas 1 foot or less.
Wed..E winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 1 foot or less. A chance of showers. Vsby 1 to 3 nm.
Wed night..SE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 1 to 2 ft. A chance of showers. Vsby 1 to 3 nm.
Thu..SE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Showers likely.
Thu night..SW winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft. Showers likely.
ANZ100 1047 Pm Edt Sat Apr 4 2020
Synopsis for stonington me to merrimack river ma out to 25 nm.. Low pressure has departed and winds have decreased. However lingering swell will continue into early Monday before diminishing. High pressure takes over through midweek with fair conditions. &&


7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Freeport, ME
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Area Discussion for - Gray/Portland, ME
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FXUS61 KGYX 050250 AFDGYX

Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Gray ME 1050 PM EDT Sat Apr 4 2020

SYNOPSIS. The area will remain stuck between two slow moving systems this weekend. While not perfectly sunny, the weather will be fair and mild, especially away from the coast. A cold front will approach late Sunday with some scattered showers possible. Fair weather returns Monday and Tuesday. Wet weather and perhaps even some wintry weather may reenter the picture Wednesday into late week.

NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 AM SUNDAY MORNING/. 1045 PM . Forecasts till in good shape. There was about an hour good rad cooling right after sunset in clear spots, mainly on the ME coastal plain and temps dropped quickly in a few spots, but with clouds filling in, this will limit any further drops, buit mins are a few degrees lower in some of these areas.

7 PM . Just a few adjustments to temps and sky based on current conds, but nothing that significantly changes the forecast. While some of the diurnal clouds will diminish early this evening, should see the weak onshore flow produce some coastal stratus later this evening, so any clearing near the the coast will be brief.

Previously . Upper level ridging is beginning to roll overhead as low pressure turns more sharply out to sea now. I think we will see diurnally driven clouds scatter out a bit around sunset . but flow becoming onshore and nocturnal cooling will begin to expand cloud cover once again overnight. Aside from a few sprinkles in the higher terrain of NH late this afternoon it should stay dry tonight . with temps fairly mild for this time of year.

SHORT TERM /6 AM SUNDAY MORNING THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT/. A weak cold front will approach from the W Sun. Developing SW flow away from the coast will keep things mild . but more Sly flow over Wrn ME will keep things at or below 50 for much of the day. Mainly isolated to scattered showers are expected along the front itself . with most of those in the Nrn zones closer to the best forcing for ascent. Temps may cool enough in the mtns to dust the ground with snow.

Gradual CAA will occur overnight but for the most part S of the terrain the front will wait until Mon to mix down to the surface.

LONG TERM /MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY/. The week will begin with a fairly high amplitude pattern over the Pacific as a ridge builds into the Gulf of Alaska, and low dips southwards toward California. While flow across the eastern portion of the CONUS remains zonal, as we move into the latter half of the week the trough over the southwest will begin to progress, and, in combination with a developing wave over James bay, allow for another round of precipitation to enter our region.

Monday will see northwesterly flow continue through the area in the wake of a departing frontal system from the weekend. This west flow will be enough to keep the ocean influence at bay, allowing temperatures to climb into the 60s across the southern portion of the region right down to the beaches.

The flow will relax slightly on Tuesday, allowing for some seabreeze to develop but still overall sunny conditions and mild temperatures are expected.

By Wednesday we start to see short waves develop moving out of the Great Lakes. A weak system looks to pass just south of our area, spreading precipitation through New Hampshire and into Southern Maine. with the source region being the canadian prairies and forcing quite light don't expect much in terms of accumulations.

On Thursday the upper level trough begins to shift east allowing for a stronger system to approach the region. This will bring the potential for heavier rain, as southerly flow ahead of a cold front brings moisture to the region. Have stuck with a model consensus for timing here, but with the upper low driving this arrival time would not be surprised to see it slip later into Thursday night.

AVIATION /03Z SUNDAY THROUGH THURSDAY/. Short Term /Through Sunday Night/ . A push of drier air and daytime heating have pushed CIGs above 3000 ft for the time being. I expect VFR conditions to continue into the evening before nocturnal cooling and flow becoming more onshore help CIGs lower once again. Model guidance is quite bullish on widespread MVFR and some IFR tonight . but I am keeping things MVFR in the forecast with N flow offshore keeping deeper moisture at bay A weak front will approach from the W Sun. and I do expect some scattering out of MVFR CIGs. SHRA should be isolated to scattered at most.

Long Term . VFR conditions with light northwesterly flow to start the week. A disturbance passing south of the region on WEdnesday will bring some clouds, possibly lowering to MVFR along the south. Thursday a cold front will cross the region with a brief period of IFR likely.

MARINE. Short Term . Winds continue to trend lighter . but seas remain above 10 ft and are only slowly diminishing. I expect hazardous seas to linger outside the bays thru Sun night. They will likely drop below 5 ft first N of Port Clyde. I have extended the SCA thru Sun afternoon . with the only expected hazard to be seas.

Long Term . Light northwesterly flow and calm seas for the start of the week. Another weak disturbance will pass south of the waters on Wednesday. Thursday will see increasing southerly flow ahead of a cold front passing Thursday night with SCA likely.

HYDROLOGY. A combination of snow melt and run off from yesterday's rainfall has resulted in minor flooding on the Kennebec river. At Skowhegan, flow peaked this morning at 39 kcfs and has dropped below flood stage by 3pm. Further downstream, the crest has arrived at North Sidney where the river will remain at Action stage. In Augusta, high tide got the river levels within 0.1ft of flood stage, with the parking lots along front street starting to see water, but has since begun to recede. The flood wave peak is expected to reach Augusta before the next high tide keeping conditions below flood.

TIDES/COASTAL FLOODING. Astronomical tides will peak late next week. As such tides will remain high and the gradually diminishing swell will combine to continue some splashover at particularly vulnerable east facing beaches. With an active storm track expected for the next seven days we cannot rule out some coastal flood issues late next week as tides max out above 11.5 ft at Portland.

EQUIPMENT. The last GYX upper air observation was March 25 at 12Z. Unfortunately, a disruption in gas supply has temporarily halted observations from GYX. The order has been placed but a date of delivery remains TBD.

GYX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES. ME . None. NH . None. MARINE . Small Craft Advisory until 5 PM EDT Sunday for ANZ150-152-154.

SYNOPSIS . NEAR TERM . Cempa/Legro SHORT TERM . Legro LONG TERM . Curtis AVIATION . Curtis/Legro MARINE . Curtis/Legro HYDROLOGY . TIDES/COASTAL FLOODING . EQUIPMENT .


Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
CASM1 - 8418150 - Portland, ME 14 mi54 min 40°F 42°F
44007 - PORTLAND 12 NM Southeast of Portland,ME 20 mi82 min SSW 5.8 G 7.8 40°F 41°F9 ft1016.7 hPa (+0.7)37°F
44032 - Buoy E0104 - Central Maine Shelf 40 mi68 min W 1.9 G 5.8 40°F 41°F10 ft1015.8 hPa
WEXM1 - Wells Reserve, ME 41 mi72 min SSW 1.9 38°F 36°F
WELM1 - 8419317 - Wells, ME 42 mi54 min W 1 G 1.9 39°F 42°F1017.4 hPa
44030 - Buoy B0102 - Western Maine Shelf 48 mi68 min S 5.8 G 7.8 1018.6 hPa

Wind History for Wells, ME
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Airport Reports
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AirportDistAgeWind ktVisibilitySky/WeatherTempDewPtHumidityPressure
Portland, Portland International Jetport, ME16 mi21 minN 010.00 miOvercast40°F35°F83%1017.3 hPa
Auburn-Lewiston, ME19 mi16 minSSE 310.00 miOvercast39°F35°F86%1017.9 hPa
Wiscasset Airport, ME23 mi19 minN 010.00 miOvercast34°F30°F89%1018 hPa

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Tide / Current Tables for South Freeport, Casco Bay, Maine
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Tide / Current Tables for Upper Hell Gate (Sasanoa River, Maine) Current
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Sat -- 12:50 AM EDT     -0.00 knots Slack
Sat -- 02:48 AM EDT     -0.74 knots Max Ebb
Sat -- 04:41 AM EDT     Moonset
Sat -- 06:07 AM EDT     0.00 knots Slack
Sat -- 06:14 AM EDT     Sunrise
Sat -- 09:02 AM EDT     0.90 knots Max Flood
Sat -- 01:06 PM EDT     -0.00 knots Slack
Sat -- 02:50 PM EDT     Moonrise
Sat -- 03:18 PM EDT     -0.92 knots Max Ebb
Sat -- 06:55 PM EDT     0.00 knots Slack
Sat -- 07:10 PM EDT     Sunset
Sat -- 09:40 PM EDT     0.94 knots Max Flood
Tide / Current data from XTide NOT FOR NAVIGATION
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