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Marine Forecast Discussion

Forecast:  The period starts off starts with a cold front that will affect the region later on Friday and much of Friday night. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will be possible, but most of the convection favors later in the afternoon and evening, and continuing into the overnight period. Morning clouds will give way to sun Saturday, and then it remains dry for several days. The Monday afternoon eclipse forecast right now looks very good, with mostly sunny skies expected, thanks to high pressure nearby. Another front approaches Tuesday and comes through on Wednesday, and partly cloudy with and isolated late day t-storm is possible Tuesday, and more scattered afternoon/evening thunderstorms are likely Wednesday.

Tropical concerns:  None currently; watching for more Atlantic tropical development this week

Marine:  Latest observations show seas around 2-3 feet, mainly in a SE swell, with a dominant period of 8-10 seconds. Seas will remain at that level on Friday, increasing briefly to 3-4 feet overnight Friday night, and then decreasing over the weekend, dropping to 1-2 feet by Sunday. Wave heights can be expected to remain at that level on Monday, and will gradually increase again in the Tuesday-Wednesday time frame with another front and its associated scattered showers and thunderstorms in the vicinity. Any thunderstorm presence can provide rough seas, and you should consult and heed localized statements from the National Weather Service with regard to coastal marine advisories. Winds will spend most of the period in the 5-10 knot range, increasing to 10-15 knots on both Friday and Tuesday/Wednesday of next week with fronts affecting the region. Locally higher gusts will be possible in the presence of thunderstorms on all three days, and many boating activities may be at least temporarily grounded during any thunderstorms. Rip currents are largely not expected to be an issue this week with no tropical activity or strong low pressure presence.

Forecaster:  Martrich
Last updated:  Thursday August 17th, 2017, 12:00am

Next update is scheduled for Thursday, August 24th, and every Thursday prior to the upcoming weekend through Labor Day weekend

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