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Whittier, AK

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Sunrise 6:24AMSunset 9:32PM Sunday April 18, 2021 12:31 PM AKDT (20:31 UTC) Moonrise 8:02AMMoonset 3:34AM Illumination 43% Phase: First Quarter Moon; Moon at 7 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.
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PKZ129 Passage Canal- 714 Am Akdt Sun Apr 18 2021
Today..Variable wind less than 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.
Tonight..Variable wind less than 10 kt becoming E 10 kt after midnight. Seas 2 ft.
Mon..E wind 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.
Mon night..E wind 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.
Tue..W wind 15 kt. Seas 2 ft.
Wed..E wind 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.
Thu..Variable wind less than 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.


7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Whittier, AK
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FXAK68 PAFC 181307 AFDAFC

Southcentral and Southwest Alaska Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Anchorage AK 507 AM AKDT Sun Apr 18 2021

ANALYSIS AND UPPER LEVELS.

The stretch of very quiet and generally dry conditions continues across much of the region this morning. The large scale upper levels also continue to display a sluggish, blocked regime across the breadth of Alaska and beyond. A roughly 575 decameter 500 mb omega ridge centered over the Yukon now extends southeast all the way to the far western CONUS. This is the primary driver of the normal to above normal temperatures recently observed across mainland AK, particularly across the Mat-Su Valleys. Both Willow and Talkeetna surprisingly managed to breach 60 F on Saturday despite the now rapidly melting snow cover in place. Farther west, a deep, complex longwave with several embedded lows and shortwaves continues to sit along an axis stretching from the Bering to well south of the Gulf across the North Pacific. An easterly wave transiting the Western Gulf and AKPen is also helping to advect a plume of mid to upper level moisture into the Southwest. This is bringing a broad swath of mainly altostratus and cirrus cloud cover across the Southwest and AKPen within this zone of southeasterly flow, along with a few scattered rain showers drifting northwest.

Out west across the Bering/Aleutians, a stalled front draped from the far northern Bering to near Adak continues to disintegrate as the winds weaken to small craft or lower on both sides of the boundary. An axis of mainly light rain still follows much of this weakening front, but the brunt of the impacts from this system or otherwise diminishing. Elsewhere, amorphous patches of low marine stratus are drifting across the Bering underneath ridging present both west and east of the front.

MODEL DISCUSSION.

Models remain in good agreement for most large scale features through midweek. Some differences do begin to crop up with the progression of a wave digging southeast from the northern interior, with models depicting varying degrees of interaction between this shortwave and another easterly wave tracking across the AKPen on Monday and Tuesday. Depending on how far south and west the trailing portion of the shortwave move across, showery precipitation potential may briefly return to interior Southcentral late on Tuesday. This could then be followed by a shot of somewhat colder air, especially through the Copper River Basin, by Tuesday night. The NAM and GFS are currently the most aggressive with the cooling/CAA going into Tuesday and Wednesday. The ECMWF/Canadian show only modest cooling, arcing the shortwave into the Yukon much farther north. This could lead to some challenges in resolving temperatures over Southcentral later this week.

AVIATION. PANC . VFR conditions and light winds will continue.

SHORT TERM FORECAST SOUTHCENTRAL ALASKA (Days 1 through 3).

A strong upper-level ridge remains anchored along the Al-Can border and is one piece of the now well-advertised blocking pattern that has set up over the state. The ridge will remain in place through late Monday before retreating south over the Canadian Rockies. The second piece is an upper-level low situated over the Northern Pacific. This feature will lift northwest toward the AKPEN by Monday in the wake of a weaker shortwave moving north out ahead of the main low.

This first shortwave will continue to bring clouds and occasional showers to Kodiak Island through the morning hours before it lifts into Southwest Alaska. By Monday, a second wave and associated surface front will move north into the Gulf with another round of light rain for Kodiak. The upper-level shortwave extending from the low moves over the northern Gulf along with the surface trough by Monday night, bringing a chance for light rain along the Southcentral coast. The southerly flow across the Gulf will keep clouds and precipitation along the coast through late Tuesday as the surface trough and upper-level shortwave stall.

For the interior, the ridge will keep conditions clear and dry, with only occasional high clouds passing overhead. High temperatures Sunday and Monday will again push into the 50s, with lower 60s possible in parts of the Mat-Su Valleys. An upper-level trough and associated cold front will dive southeast across the interior beginning Monday night as the aforementioned ridge retreats. The front will likely bring a few mixed rain/snow showers, especially for the higher elevations. The best chance for precipitation looks to be over the Talkeetna Mountains and Copper Rover Basin on Tuesday. This system will exit the region by Wednesday morning taking the stalled trough along the coast with it. High pressure builds back in by mid-week as the blocking pattern looks to re-establish itself.

SHORT TERM FORECAST SOUTHWEST ALASKA (Days 1 and 2).

A North Pacific low moves towards the Eastern Aleutians, forcing the upper level ridge north late Monday morning. A tighter pressure gradient sets up between the ridge and trough, producing gusty easterly winds through the gaps of the Alaska Range and across parts of Bristol Bay. This will also allow for stronger northerly winds across the Kuskokwim Delta. Daytime temperatures look to remain in the mid-40s to mid-50s across Southwest Alaska through the forecast period, with overnight lows in the mid-30s. Moderate chances for rain continue along the AKPen and Coastal Bristol Bay today, with the highest chance in the early morning. Precipitation will most likely be all rain for these areas and will be relatively short-lived.

SHORT TERM FORECAST BERING SEA/ALEUTIANS (Days 1 and 2).

The N-S frontal boundary over Adak continues shearing apart today, allowing precip probabilities across the Western/Central Aleutians to continue to decrease. Winds become northerly across most of the Bering beginning Sunday night when a North Pacific low moves just south of the Eastern Aleutians. This will create gusty northerly winds through the bays and passes of the Central and Eastern Aleutian Islands, as well as gale force winds south of the AKPen, especially out of Shelikof Strait. Rain showers across the Eastern Aleutians and Southern AKPen are expected to persist over the next couple days, with Unalaska looking to get the brunt of the precipitation. Most of the impacts will be confined to the southern Bering and North Pacific. Widespread small craft winds out of the northeast are expected across the Bering north of the low. Additionally, gales are likely in the Northern Bering between Saint Matthew Island and Nunivak Island Monday night.

 MARINE (Days 3 through 5: Tuesday through Thursday).

There is a chance for some Gales to develop south of the Alaska Peninsula and Eastern Aleutians Tue through Wed. Other than that, expect winds less than 35 kts and seas less than 20 ft for the Day 3 through 5 period.

.Long Term Forecast (Days 4 through 7: Wednesday through Saturday) .

Subsident dry air and increased warmer temperatures will persist as a result of a dominant presence of a surface to high pressure over the region. Short-lived gales from a frontal system extending over the central Aleutians will gradually taper off Wednesday afternoon. Overall, it will be a quiet forecast period.

AFC WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES. PUBLIC . NONE. MARINE . Gale Warning: 131,132,138,150,155,173-176. FIRE WEATHER . NONE.



SYNOPSIS AND MODEL DISCUSSION . AS SOUTHCENTRAL ALASKA . TM SOUTHWEST ALASKA/BERING SEA/ALEUTIANS . KM MARINE/LONG TERM . CB


Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
46081 - Western Prince William Sound 13 mi41 min Calm G 1.9 47°F 44°F1027.5 hPa (+0.3)39°F
BLIA2 - Bligh Reef Light, AK 70 mi31 min NNE 19 G 21 1025.9 hPa (-0.9)
SWLA2 - 9455090- Seward, AK 75 mi49 min 41°F1024.7 hPa

Airport Reports
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AirportDistAgeWind ktVisibilitySky/WeatherTempDewPtHumidityPressure
Portage, Portage Glacier, AK37 mi38 minSE 9 G 2010.00 miFair54°F28°F37%1026.4 hPa

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Tide / Current Tables for Applegate Island, Alaska
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Applegate Island
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Sun -- 04:34 AM AKDT     Moonset
Sun -- 05:00 AM AKDT     10.56 feet High Tide
Sun -- 06:23 AM AKDT     Sunrise
Sun -- 09:01 AM AKDT     Moonrise
Sun -- 12:21 PM AKDT     1.44 feet Low Tide
Sun -- 07:01 PM AKDT     7.78 feet High Tide
Sun -- 09:22 PM AKDT     Sunset
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Tide / Current Tables for Culross Bay, Wells Passage, Alaska
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Culross Bay
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Sun -- 04:35 AM AKDT     Moonset
Sun -- 04:46 AM AKDT     10.76 feet High Tide
Sun -- 06:23 AM AKDT     Sunrise
Sun -- 09:00 AM AKDT     Moonrise
Sun -- 12:14 PM AKDT     1.44 feet Low Tide
Sun -- 06:47 PM AKDT     7.98 feet High Tide
Sun -- 09:22 PM AKDT     Sunset
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