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Belfast, ME

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Sunrise 6:11AMSunset 7:05PM Thursday April 2, 2020 3:47 PM EDT (19:47 UTC) Moonrise 12:20PMMoonset 3:13AM Illumination 73% Phase: Waxing Gibbous; Moon at 10 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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ANZ151 Penobscot Bay- 314 Pm Edt Thu Apr 2 2020
.gale warning in effect from 8 pm edt this evening through Friday evening...
Tonight..NE winds 20 to 25 kt with gusts up to 35 kt. Seas 5 to 8 ft. Rain.
Fri..NE winds 20 to 25 kt, diminishing to 15 to 20 kt in the afternoon. Gusts up to 35 kt. Seas 4 to 7 ft, subsiding to 3 to 5 ft in the afternoon. Showers likely, mainly in the morning.
Fri night..NE winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft.
Sat..NE winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt, diminishing to 5 to 10 kt in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 ft.
Sat night..N winds around 5 kt. Seas 1 to 2 ft.
Sun..NE winds around 5 kt, becoming S around 5 kt in the afternoon. Seas 1 to 2 ft.
Sun night..SW winds around 5 kt. Seas 1 to 2 ft. Scattered showers.
Mon..W winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 1 to 2 ft.
Mon night..NW winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 1 to 2 ft.
Tue..W winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 1 to 2 ft.
Tue night..SE winds around 5 kt. Seas 1 to 2 ft.
ANZ100 314 Pm Edt Thu Apr 2 2020
Synopsis for stonington me to merrimack river ma out to 25 nm.. Strong low pressure over the atlantic will spin its way back toward the coast through tonight before looping back out to sea on Friday. As it does so, a period of strong northerly flow is expected along with building seas. High pressure builds in from the west this weekend leading to lighter winds. &&


7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Belfast city, ME
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Area Discussion for - Gray/Portland, ME
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FXUS61 KGYX 021316 CCA AFDGYX

Area Forecast Discussion . CORRECTED National Weather Service Gray ME 916 AM EDT Thu Apr 2 2020

SYNOPSIS. A strengthening storm over the Atlantic will meander over the Gulf of Maine through tonight, slinging moisture into our area with periods of rain over most of New England with cool and humid conditions. Rain gradually tapers down Friday with high pressure building in from the west bringing a dry weekend.

NEAR TERM /UNTIL 7 PM THIS EVENING/.

916 AM . at 13z a 975 millibar low was centered well offshore to the east of Cape Cod. This vertically stacked system will meander back to the west today. A series of impulses pivoting around this feature will produce several periods of precipitation. This should fall as rain . with wet snow and possibly some sleet for the higher terrain of northern New Hampshire as well as the western Maine mountains. The gusty northerly flow combined with precipitation and high temperatures in the upper 30s to mid 40s with make for a raw day.

Prev Disc . 740 AM Update . Minor temperature and weather update this morning to account for latest observational trends. Looking to radar, an area of steady rainfall is presently moving east to west across Maine toward the western Maine Mountains. Further north, snow is being observed as ASOS temperatures hover around freezing with 0.5" observed thus far up at Pittsburg in Coos County NH.

Previously . A strengthening storm just outside the Gulf of Maine drives sensible weather conditions today; in short, expect a cool, humid, and rainy Thursday. The low, positioned roughly south of Halifax and east of Cape Cod, will continue to pump in a deeply moist, maritime airmass as an inverted trough forces rounds of rain on shore, focusing this afternoon through the evening. PWAT steadily increases to around 1" along the coast by the afternoon with increasing precipitation intensity heading into the evening as the system retrogrades back toward our area.

The bulk of precipitation falls by midnight over our area with precipitation amounts mainly dependent on terrain. 1-1.5" of rainfall potential exists over the coastal plain extending into the east- and southeast-facing upslopes of the Whites and western Maine Mountains. Further west over the Connecticut River valley, amounts are limited to 0.25-0.5". In spite of strong low-level flow, on the order of 40-50 kts at h925 near the coast, temperature profiles and SSTs don't support mixing gusts to the surface much better than 20 kts, to around 30 kts along the coast. Best odds of stronger gusts will come in rounds of heavier rainfall with some momentum transport, possibly into the 30-35 kt range.

SHORT TERM /7 PM THIS EVENING THROUGH 6 PM FRIDAY/. By tonight, the oceanic low loops back around to the east and begins to pull away to the east. This, combined with dry air intrusion aloft from the north, lends to an overall weakening trend in precipitation with a gradual N to S drying trend through the day. Better mixing is realized behind the departing wave, so am expecting somewhat stronger winds tonight into tomorrow with maximum gusts over land in the 25-35 kt range, with strongest winds tending to occur along the coast and into central Maine where dry advection is strongest.

Although clouds will scour out over the mid- and upper-levels, low- level clouds will be stubborn to erode over the coastal plain with a very moist airmass beneath weak subsidence. HREF probabilities support this - so do expect afternoon high temperatures to be limited to the 40s, warming to near 50 in the Connecticut River Valley where clouds are more likely to scour out.

LONG TERM /FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY/. Low pressure pulls further offshore and upper level ridging arrives from the west. This will bring high pressure and dry conditions for the weekend. With less clouds around temperatures will climb back up to near or perhaps above normal levels. A cold front being driven by a shortwave trough passing through Canada will move through the region Sunday night. Some showers are possible as it moves through, but the bulk of the energy with this passes by to our north. Therefore do not expect widespread or significant precipitation. High pressure behind it keeps things dry until midweek. Not a lot of agreement amongst the global models on the upper level pattern let alone the surface features by the middle of next week. About the only thing that is agreed upon is that there will be an increasing chance of unsettled weather.

AVIATION /13Z THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY/. Short Term . Clouds continue to thicken and lower, generally from NE to SW, this morning with MVFR to locally IFR conditions. Rounds of rain through today will bring periods of IFR with heavy rain over Maine and coastal terminals possible. Northerly winds 10- 15 kts gusting 15-25 kts (highest at the coast) strengthen a little overnight out of the northeast. Rain gradually comes to an end late tonight and tomorrow, although low ceilings may persist south and east of the mountains.

Long Term . High pressure building in through the weekend should allow conditions to improve to VFR with light winds as well. A cold front moving through Sunday night could bring some brief MVFR conditions mainly in the north.

MARINE. Short Term . An oceanic low south of Nova Scotia will retrograde back toward the Gulf of Maine, strengthening seas and winds today into tonight. Have posted Gale Warnings over the waters and Penobscot Bay with SCAs expected over Casco Bay. Expect seas to build to 10-15 ft over the waters by Friday with accompanying 10 ft swells.

Long Term . As the Atlantic low moves away, winds will be on the decrease Friday night and will likely be below 25 KT by Saturday morning. However, it will take seas a bit longer to settle down with 5 FT or higher seas lasting through Sunday.

TIDES/COASTAL FLOODING. Astronomical tides will trend up until reaching their monthly peak next week. Meanwhile, a storm south of Nova Scotia and east of Cape Cod will strengthen and retrograde back toward the Gulf of Maine today before pulling out tomorrow. The storm's prolonged offshore residence and brief westward movement leads to a good period of easterly fetch producing 10+ ft swells, 10-15 ft waves, and surge exceeding 2 ft tonight. Coastal flooding is possible with the Friday morning tide cycle with threat maximized south of Portland where the east-facing shoreline is most exposed. Some model guidance is showing surge approaching 3 ft along the Seacoast and I could see the possibility of an upgrade to coastal flood warnings there. Water levels approaching flood stage around Portland combined with wave action will lead to splash- over . erosion . and pockets of minor flooding and an advisory has been issued. Farther north water levels and large waves will likely necessitate a coastal flood statement for splash-over in areas.

EQUIPMENT. The last GYX upper air observation was March 25 at 12Z. Unfortunately, a disruption in gas supply has temporarily halted observations from GYX. It's unknown when supplies will be restored and upper air observations resumed.

GYX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES. ME . Coastal Flood Advisory from 5 AM to 9 AM EDT Friday for MEZ023- 024. NH . Coastal Flood Advisory from 5 AM to 9 AM EDT Friday for NHZ014. MARINE . Small Craft Advisory from 2 PM this afternoon to 2 AM EDT Saturday for ANZ153. Gale Warning from 2 PM this afternoon to 8 PM EDT Friday for ANZ150-152-154. Gale Warning from 8 PM this evening to 8 PM EDT Friday for ANZ151.



NEAR TERM . ES TIDES/COASTAL FLOODING . Legro


Weather Reporting Stations
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ATGM1 - 8413320 - Bar Harbor, ME 43 mi300 min N 6 G 11 41°F 39°F998.4 hPa

Wind History for Bar Harbor, ME
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Airport Reports
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Rockland, Knox County Regional Airport, ME24 mi52 minNNE 12 G 236.00 miRain Fog/Mist45°F42°F90%996 hPa

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Tide / Current Tables for Belfast, Penobscot Bay, Maine
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Tide / Current Tables for Fort Point, Penobscot River, Maine
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Thu -- 03:12 AM EDT     Moonset
Thu -- 05:57 AM EDT     10.17 feet High Tide
Thu -- 06:13 AM EDT     Sunrise
Thu -- 12:19 PM EDT     Moonrise
Thu -- 12:26 PM EDT     0.93 feet Low Tide
Thu -- 06:48 PM EDT     9.09 feet High Tide
Thu -- 07:04 PM EDT     Sunset
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