Marine Weather and Tides
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|Sunrise 6:24AM||Sunset 7:42PM||Wednesday April 8, 2020 11:11 AM PDT (18:11 UTC)||Moonrise 7:50PM||Moonset 6:15AM||Illumination 99%|
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Area Discussion for - Portland, OR  (on/off)  Help NOTE: mouseover dotted underlined text for definition
FXUS66 KPQR 081630 AAA AFDPQR
Area Forecast Discussion . UPDATED National Weather Service Portland OR 929 AM PDT Wed Apr 8 2020
Updated Aviation Discussion
SYNOPSIS. High pressure and offshore flow will continue to strengthen over the Pacific Northwest today. The offshore flow pattern is expected to persist through Thursday morning and then switch back to onshore late in the day. A gradual cooling trend begins Friday as onshore flow strengthens. The Eastern Pacific upper ridge retreats slightly west over the weekend as an upper trough slide south through the Northern Rockies. High pressure nudges closer to the coast early next week for dry and seasonal conditions, but a weak disturbance may bring some light showers Tuesday.
SHORT TERM. Today through Friday . Water vapor satellite imagery continues to show a closed low spinning over the southern California coast this morning as an upper level ridge builds over the Pacific Northwest. Meanwhile, surface observations reveal dry offshore flow developing across the forecast area under mostly clear skies. Still not expecting widespread fog development this morning, but cannot rule out some patchy fog over portions of the far south Willamette Valley. With sunny skies and dry offshore flow today expect temps in the interior to reach into the upper 60s, with many locations likely approaching 70F. The unseasonably warm and dry conditions look to linger into Thursday as the surface thermal trough over the coast shifts inland. Model 850 mb temps continue to hover around 8-10C over the forecast area Thursday afternoon so surface temps in the interior should be a degree or two higher than this afternoon.
Guidance then shows the flow transitioning from offshore to onshore late Thursday into Friday. A weak shortwave disturbance moving into the region Thursday night will result in increasing marine stratus along the coast, with stratus filtering locally inland along the lower Columbia River Friday morning. The deepening marine layer could also wring out some occasional sprinkles along the coast Friday morning. As onshore flow develops across the region on Friday expect cooler temps to filter inland, with temps around 10 degrees cooler than Thursday. /64
LONG TERM. Friday night through Tuesday . Guidance continues to show the eastern Pacific ridge retrograding slightly west Fri night and Sat as an upper level trough gets carved out over the southern British Columbia and the Northern Rockies. This should translate into a deepening marine layer Fri night and Sat, with some light drizzle possible along the coast.
The eastern Pacific ridge begins to re-amplify Sat night, with generally dry north flow aloft Sun, with thermal trough development along the coast. Guidance has trended towards drier conditions as ridging moves closer to the coast and a large upper trough moves into the Upper Midwest. Dry and seasonal conditions look to hold into early next week, but a weak disturbance may bring some light showers to the forecast area Tuesday. There is reasonable confidence that a change to cooler and unsettled conditions occurs during the latter half of next week. /64/Weishaar
AVIATION. Established high pressure will keep skies VFR and winds northerly through Wednesday night. North winds will be gusty along the coast through Wednesday evening as a thermal trough builds. Winds weaken overnight. There is a chance for increased winds through the central and southern Willamette Valley with gusts to 20 kt after 17Z Thursday.
PDX AND APPROACHES . VFR and mostly clear skies with light northerly winds for the next 24 hours. /42
MARINE. High pressure builds over the Pacific through much of the week. A thermal trough is developing and will intensify through Fri morning. The thermal gradient will strengthen through this afternoon extending the small craft winds from the Central Oregon waters north through the Southern Washington waters. Northerly winds expected 15 to 20 kt with gusts to 25 kt through Fri morning. A period of 30 kt gusts is likely in the central waters south of 45N Thu afternoon.
Seas are quite dynamic with this system. The main swell is northwesterly around 4 ft and a 16 second period. A secondary fresh swell from the north is combined with a stronger wind wave building seas to near 7 ft with a period of 8 seconds. Expect significant wave heights to be near 6 to 8 ft through early Fri morning. Fri morning, the thermal trough will weaken and the swell will turn west-northwest. Expect seas around 5 to 7 ft with a period of 8 seconds through the weekend. -Muessle
PQR WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES. OR . None. WA . None. PZ . Small Craft Advisory until 5 PM PDT Thursday for coastal waters from Cape Shoalwater WA to Cascade Head OR out 60 NM.
Small Craft Advisory until 5 PM PDT Thursday for coastal waters from Cascade Head OR to Florence OR out 60 NM.
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This discussion is for Northwest oregon and Southwest Washington from the Cascade crest to 60 nm offshore. This area is commonly referred to as the forecast area.
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|Stations||Dist||Age||Wind||Air Temp||Water Temp||Waves||Pressure||DewPt|
|TCNW1 - 9446484 - Tacoma, WA||75 mi||53 min||50°F||48°F||1027 hPa|
|LOPW1 - 9440422 - Longview, WA||76 mi||59 min||47°F||1025.6 hPa|
|TCMW1 - 9446482 - Tacoma Met, WA||76 mi||53 min||NW 1.9 G 4.1|
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