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Whittier, AK

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Sunrise 4:28AMSunset 11:26PM Tuesday June 2, 2020 2:38 AM AKDT (10:38 UTC) Moonrise 5:39PMMoonset 3:10AM Illumination 86% Phase: Waxing Gibbous; Moon at 11 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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PKZ129 Passage Canal- 300 Pm Akdt Mon Jun 1 2020
Tonight..E wind 10 kt in the evening becoming variable less than 10 kt. Seas 2 ft. Rain.
Tue..E wind 10 kt increasing to 20 kt in the afternoon. Seas 3 ft. Rain.
Tue night..E wind 20 kt. Seas 3 ft. Rain.
Wed..E wind 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.
Wed night..Variable wind less than 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.
Thu through Sat..Variable wind less than 10 kt. Seas 2 ft.


7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Whittier, AK
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FXAK68 PAFC 012346 AFDAFC

Southcentral and Southwest Alaska Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Anchorage AK 346 PM AKDT Mon Jun 1 2020

ANALYSIS AND UPPER LEVELS. A vertically stacked low south of the Alaska Peninsula has a front stretching out of it into the Gulf of Alaska. A triple point low is developing in the central Gulf along this front today and can be seen in satellite imagery.

A weak upper level wave brought some light rain to the Copper River Basin early this morning and is continuing to weaken as it moves westward. Convective potential over Southcentral and Southwest Alaska remains low this afternoon and evening with the only moderately unstable air close to the Alaska Range.

A weak ridge of high surface pressure is enhancing along the mountains of the north Gulf of Alaska coast. This is bringing in the gusty southerly-to-easterly winds to the typical channeled areas such as Turnagain Arm, the Knik River, and along the Copper River.

MODEL DISCUSSION. Models remain in good synoptic agreement through most of the week. As has been the case recently, the synoptic agreement is good, but timing the propagation of upper level waves and assessing the convective parameters is where the model differences creep in. Southwest mainland Alaska is an area where there is a large difference in timing of an upper level wave moving from north-to-south Wednesday where the NAM is faster and pushes the wave to the south much farther as well. This will impact the convective potential due to the way this wave develops and moves.

AVIATION. PANC . VFR conditions will persist. Gusty southerly winds are expected during the afternoon and evening both today and Tuesday.

SHORT TERM FORECAST SOUTHCENTRAL ALASKA (Days 1 and 2). An upper level trough remains in place along the northern Gulf coast. This will allow the easterly wave pattern to continue through the middle of the week with on and off showers expected. Southeasterly winds through the usual places including Turnagain Arm, Knik River Valley, and the Copper River Basin will pick up this evening before diminishing overnight as a front approaches the northern Gulf coast. A weak surface low will move over the Cook Inlet area late Tuesday while a coastal ridge in place along the northern Gulf coast strengthens. This will lead to another round of gusty southeasterly winds Tuesday night for the usual places including Turnagain Arm, Knik River Valley, and the Copper River Basin. Meanwhile, diurnal heating on Tuesday may generate enough instability over the northern Copper River Basin and Talkeetna mountains to produce an isolated thunderstorm or two Tuesday afternoon and evening. By Wednesday, a low meandering in the Gulf begins to move toward the southeastern Gulf. This will allow several upper level waves to pass over Southcentral from east to west, resulting in continued unsettled and showery conditions for midweek.

SHORT TERM FORECAST SOUTHWEST ALASKA (Days 1 and 2). A relatively quiet few days are on tap for southwest Alaska. Residual moisture across the region, coupled with weak transient short waves should spark a few showers this afternoon. Most of the activity should remain across the Alaska Range and Kusko mountains, but non-mountain showers look to be confined to a corridor between Stuyahok and Sparrevohn, through the Kilbucks. With the thermal trough deep into the interior of Alaska, and no appreciable upper level dynamics, thunderstorm activity should remain at bay.

Tuesday afternoon is will sing a different song across the Lower Kuskokwim Valley (generally west of Stony River) as a weak shortwave will drop in from the Yukon and Upper Kusko Valleys.

SHORT TERM FORECAST BERING SEA/ALEUTIANS (Days 1 and 2). The stationary low south of Dutch Harbor is continuing to bring rain and gusty winds to the central and eastern Aleutians. This low will continue to drift east and weaken. Winds will taper off and rainfall will continue with this eastward track towards the Alaska Peninsula Tuesday.

MARINE (Days 3-5: Thursday through Saturday). Generally quiet weather is expected throughout the forecast period for all marine areas with light winds and low waves. Westerly flow will prevail across the Bering Thursday through Saturday. A weak low pressure system located near the southern Gulf of Alaska Thursday morning will continue moving southeastward while dissipating with general northerly winds expected for much of the Gulf Thursday afternoon through Saturday with waves diminishing Thursday evening.

LONG TERM FORECAST (Days 4-7: Friday through Tuesday). Models remain in general good agreement for Friday and Saturday that a weak upper level ridge of high pressure will be present over the mainland of Alaska with a vertically stacked low present over the northern Bering Sea. This will bring unsettled weather to Southwest Alaska with the chance for showers leading to slightly below normal temperatures for Friday and Saturday. Generally quiet weather is expected for Southcentral and the Copper River Basin Friday and Saturday, although low pressure over the Gulf may allow for weak easterly waves to move across the mountain ranges across Southcentral leading to the chance for showers each afternoon. Temperatures are expected to be above normal for Friday and Saturday across Southcentral and the Copper River Basin.

Differences emerge beyond Saturday with the ECMWF trying to develop a cut-off low over the Bering early Sunday and then moving it slowly to the south and the east. The ECMWF is faster in developing this low and stronger. The GFS on the other hand is stronger with the ridge building over the interior of Alaska and doesn't develop the low the ECMWF was showing until later and further south. The forecast period for Sunday through Tuesday remains uncertain in regards to the sensible weather leading to low confidence in the forecast. The strength of these upper level features and placement will be key to the sensible weather for the second half of the weekend into early next week.

AFC WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES. PUBLIC . NONE. MARINE . Gale Warning 119 120. FIRE WEATHER . NONE.



SYNOPSIS AND MODEL DISCUSSION . EZ SOUTHCENTRAL ALASKA . KO SOUTHWEST ALASKA/BERING SEA/ALEUTIANS . SS MARINE/LONG TERM . MV


Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
BLIA2 - Bligh Reef Light, AK 70 mi39 min NE 4.1 G 4.1 51°F 1003.5 hPa (+0.0)
SWLA2 - 9455090- Seward, AK 75 mi57 min 48°F1001 hPa

Airport Reports
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AirportDistAgeWind ktVisibilitySky/WeatherTempDewPtHumidityPressure
Portage, Portage Glacier, AK37 mi1.8 hrsVar 4 miOvercast47°F41°F80%1003.3 hPa

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Tide / Current Tables for Applegate Island, Alaska
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Applegate Island
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Tue -- 04:09 AM AKDT     Moonset
Tue -- 04:32 AM AKDT     Sunrise
Tue -- 05:27 AM AKDT     0.25 feet Low Tide
Tue -- 11:32 AM AKDT     9.84 feet High Tide
Tue -- 05:27 PM AKDT     1.24 feet Low Tide
Tue -- 06:39 PM AKDT     Moonrise
Tue -- 11:10 PM AKDT     Sunset
Tue -- 11:39 PM AKDT     12.82 feet High Tide
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11.29.46.841.70.40.41.73.86.38.49.79.78.76.94.72.61.41.535.48.310.912.5

Tide / Current Tables for Culross Bay, Wells Passage, Alaska
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Culross Bay
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Tue -- 04:09 AM AKDT     Moonset
Tue -- 04:31 AM AKDT     Sunrise
Tue -- 05:20 AM AKDT     0.25 feet Low Tide
Tue -- 11:18 AM AKDT     10.04 feet High Tide
Tue -- 05:20 PM AKDT     1.24 feet Low Tide
Tue -- 06:39 PM AKDT     Moonrise
Tue -- 11:11 PM AKDT     Sunset
Tue -- 11:25 PM AKDT     13.02 feet High Tide
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11.196.43.71.50.30.62.14.36.88.9109.88.66.64.42.41.31.63.368.911.512.9

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