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Tacoma, WA

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Sunrise 7:43AMSunset 4:21PM Tuesday December 10, 2019 10:30 PM PST (06:30 UTC) Moonrise 3:40PMMoonset 5:56AM Illumination 100% Phase: Full Moon; Moon at 14 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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PZZ135 Puget Sound And Hood Canal- 856 Pm Pst Tue Dec 10 2019
Tonight..S wind 10 to 20 kt becoming 5 to 15 kt after midnight. Wind waves 1 to 3 ft. A chance of rain in the evening then a slight chance of rain after midnight.
Wed..S wind 5 to 15 kt becoming 10 to 20 kt in the afternoon. Wind waves 1 to 3 ft. A chance of rain in the morning then rain in the afternoon.
Wed night..S wind 20 to 30 kt easing to 15 to 25 kt after midnight. Wind waves 3 to 5 ft. Showers.
Thu..S wind 15 to 25 kt. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft.
Thu night..S wind 15 to 25 kt. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft.
Fri..S wind 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less.
Fri night..SW wind to 10 kt. Wind waves 1 ft or less.
Sat..S wind to 10 kt. Wind waves 1 ft or less.
Sun..Light wind. Wind waves less than 1 ft.
PZZ100 856 Pm Pst Tue Dec 10 2019
Synopsis for the northern and central washington coastal and inland waters..A stronger front approaches the coastal waters by early Wednesday and will move across the region through Wednesday night. A trough will move through the area on Thursday. Onshore flow eases a bit on Friday, but the next disturbance pushes onshore to the south of the local area over the weekend.


7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Tacoma, WA
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Area Discussion for - Seattle, WA
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FXUS66 KSEW 110538 AFDSEW

Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Seattle WA 938 PM PST Tue Dec 10 2019

SYNOPSIS . A weak front is pushing across the Cascades this evening, with lingering light rain and mountain snow showers. A brief break is expected Wednesday morning before the next, much stronger system moves into the area late Wednesday through early Friday. This system will bring heavy snow to the Cascades, particularly above 3500 to 4000 feet. Active weather will continue into next week.

SHORT TERM /TONIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING/. Not much change needed to the forecast for tonight as today's front continues to advance eastward across the Cascades, with some lingering showers in the post-frontal air mass. Snow levels have been slightly lower than expected, with snow observed around Snoqualmie Pass, so trended the forecast to reflect this. Otherwise, showers will linger in the higher terrain overnight, but generally come to an end elsewhere outside of perhaps some light drizzle out of the low stratus deck. Remainder of the previous short term discussion remains valid and follows. Cullen

Attention then turns to the next system that will impact the region Wednesday into early Friday. This system will bring much more precipitation to the region, along with breezy conditions. The headlines are as follows:

* Lowland Rainfall: Most lowland areas will see 0.50-1.25 inches of rainfall, with higher amounts of 1.5-2.00 inches along the coast.

* Mountain Precipitation: The mountains will generally see 1.5-2.5 inches of liquid equivalent precipitation, with locally higher amounts around 3.0-3.5 inches.

* Snow levels: Snow levels will generally begin between 4000-5000 feet, then lower to 2500-3500 feet late Thursday night into Friday morning. This means that Stevens Pass will likely experience significantly more snowfall than Snoqualmie Pass. * Snow Amounts: Accumulations generally 3-6 inches below 3500 feet (again, mainly early Friday), 1-2 feet between 3500-4500 feet, and 2-4 feet above 4500 feet. (A Winter Storm Watch was issued for the Cascades)

* Gusty Winds: Breezy southerly winds are expected with this system with gusts generally 20-30 MPH. Stronger winds with gusts 35-45 MPH will be possible across and near the coastal waters, through the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and in the north interior (waters near and north of Whidbey Island).

The heaviest and most widespread precipitation is likely to occur Wednesday evening/night, with precipitation becoming more showering in nature Thursday. In fact, there will exist a slight chance of thunderstorms along the coast and southwest WA Thursday afternoon and potentially again Friday as somewhat cooler air moves in aloft. -Wolcott-

LONG TERM /FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH TUESDAY/. As we move into Friday afternoon through Saturday, precipitation chances will begin to diminish. That said, the pattern is messy and the door will be open for a weak system to brush the area over the weekend, so I wouldn't bet on a completely dry forecast.

Looking out further, there is good ensemble agreement in the continuation of an active pattern with the development of a mean trough just off the PNW coast. This will not only keep the door open for more energy to move through the area, but also sets up a more favorable pattern for wetter and warmer than average mid- December conditions. This matches well with the latest CPC 6-10 day and 8-14 day guidance. -Wolcott-

AVIATION . Today's front is currently advancing through the Cascades, with some showers lingering in the moist, post-frontal air mass. Expect fairly widespread low stratus persisting across much of the region overnight, with some improvement early Wednesday. However, any improvement will be short-lived, as conditions deteriorate again with steady rain and lower ceilings in conjunction with the front Wednesday afternoon and into the evening.

KSEA . Low stratus will likely maintain mostly IFR/LIFR conditions overnight. An improving trend toward MVFR possible through the morning, but this improvement looks short-lived as the next front arrives by late afternoon for lowering ceilings and reduced visibility in steadier rain. Cullen

MARINE . A stronger frontal system approaches the coastal waters late tonight and early Wednesday, before crossing the region Wednesday afternoon and evening. A gale warning is up for the coastal waters and the east entrance to the Strait of Juan de Fuca and northern inland waters have a good chance for gales Wednesday afternoon or evening as well. Surface pressure gradient increases a bit on Thursday as a trough crosses the waters. The next disturbance moves onshore well south of the region over the weekend. Meanwhile, a large west swell will arrive on Thursday, building seas into the 17-20 ft range over the coastal waters.

HYDROLOGY . A wet storm system will impact the region Wednesday afternoon through Friday. Given precipitation amounts and snow levels in the 4000-5000 foot range - most rivers are not expected to approach flood stage. There is some concern that the Skokomish River in Mason County could approach flood stage. We will continue to monitor this situation. -Wolcott/Bower-

SEW WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES. WA . Winter Storm Watch from Wednesday afternoon through Friday morning for Cascades of Pierce and Lewis Counties-Cascades of Snohomish and King Counties-Cascades of Whatcom and Skagit Counties.

PZ . Small Craft Advisory until 3 AM PST Wednesday for Coastal Waters From Cape Flattery To James Island 10 To 60 Nm-Coastal Waters From Cape Flattery To James Island Out 10 Nm-Coastal Waters From James Island To Point Grenville 10 To 60 Nm- Coastal Waters From James Island To Point Grenville Out 10 Nm-Coastal Waters From Point Grenville To Cape Shoalwater 10 To 60 Nm-Coastal Waters From Point Grenville To Cape Shoalwater Out 10 Nm.

Gale Warning from 3 AM to 7 PM PST Wednesday for Coastal Waters From Cape Flattery To James Island 10 To 60 Nm-Coastal Waters From Cape Flattery To James Island Out 10 Nm-Coastal Waters From James Island To Point Grenville 10 To 60 Nm- Coastal Waters From James Island To Point Grenville Out 10 Nm-Coastal Waters From Point Grenville To Cape Shoalwater 10 To 60 Nm-Coastal Waters From Point Grenville To Cape Shoalwater Out 10 Nm.

Gale Watch from Wednesday afternoon through late Wednesday night for East Entrance U.S. Waters Strait Of Juan De Fuca- Northern Inland Waters Including The San Juan Islands.

Small Craft Advisory until 4 PM PST Wednesday for West Entrance U.S. Waters Strait Of Juan De Fuca.

Small Craft Advisory from 4 AM Wednesday to 4 PM PST Thursday for Admiralty Inlet.



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Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
TCMW1 - 9446482 - Tacoma Met, WA 1 mi55 min SE 1.9 G 2.9
TCNW1 - 9446484 - Tacoma, WA 1 mi55 min 43°F 52°F1019.4 hPa
WPOW1 - West Point, WA 27 mi31 min S 11 G 12 47°F 1018.9 hPa (-0.0)46°F
46120 34 mi40 min 47°F 1018.2 hPa45°F
46125 45 mi28 min 46°F 1018.4 hPa44°F

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Airport Reports
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AirportDistAgeWind ktVisibilitySky/WeatherTempDewPtHumidityPressure
Tacoma / McChord Air Force Base, WA8 mi93 minN 09.00 miOvercast43°F42°F100%1019.2 hPa
Tacoma, Tacoma Narrows Airport, WA8 mi38 minSSW 36.00 miFog/Mist43°F43°F100%1019 hPa
Seattle, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, WA13 mi38 minS 62.00 miFog/Mist45°F42°F90%1019.4 hPa
Pierce County-Thun Field, WA14 mi36 minN 05.00 miLight Drizzle43°F42°F100%1018.6 hPa
Fort Lewis / Gray U. S. Army Airfield, WA15 mi93 minSE 43.00 miFog/Mist41°F41°F100%1018.8 hPa
Boeing Field - King County International Airport, WA19 mi38 minSSE 510.00 miLight Drizzle Fog/Mist45°F43°F93%1018.9 hPa
Renton Municipal Airport, WA19 mi38 minS 33.00 miFog/Mist43°F42°F97%1019.4 hPa
Bremerton, Bremerton National Airport, WA23 mi35 minSSW 610.00 miOvercast44°F43°F96%1020.2 hPa

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Tide / Current Tables for Tacoma, Commencement Bay, Washington
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Wed -- 05:20 AM PST     11.84 feet High Tide
Wed -- 07:04 AM PST     Moonset
Wed -- 07:46 AM PST     Sunrise
Wed -- 10:24 AM PST     7.17 feet Low Tide
Wed -- 03:16 PM PST     11.41 feet High Tide
Wed -- 04:16 PM PST     Moonrise
Wed -- 04:19 PM PST     Sunset
Wed -- 09:14 PM PST     Full Moon
Wed -- 10:34 PM PST     -1.50 feet Low Tide
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1.74.279.411.111.811.710.89.487.27.38.29.410.711.411.19.97.95.42.70.2-1.3-1.4

Tide / Current Tables for Discovery Island, 3.3 miles NE of, Washington Current
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Discovery Island
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Wed -- 12:06 AM PST     0.01 knots Slack
Wed -- 02:59 AM PST     2.06 knots Max Flood
Wed -- 06:18 AM PST     -0.00 knots Slack
Wed -- 07:05 AM PST     Moonset
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Wed -- 09:12 AM PST     -1.12 knots Max Ebb
Wed -- 12:52 PM PST     0.00 knots Slack
Wed -- 02:30 PM PST     0.58 knots Max Flood
Wed -- 04:09 PM PST     -0.00 knots Slack
Wed -- 04:16 PM PST     Moonrise
Wed -- 04:19 PM PST     Sunset
Wed -- 08:36 PM PST     -2.16 knots Max Ebb
Wed -- 09:14 PM PST     Full Moon
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