Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Perfect Storm - 24 Hour Advance Weather Report For 2014 Oregon Offshore

It is being said that the wind conditions were near perfect for this year's race; here's the National Weather Service 24 hour advance weather report for the 2014  38th Annual CYC Oregon Offshore Sailing Race:

Gale Watch


URGENT - MARINE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PORTLAND OR
825 AM PDT WED MAY 7 2014

PZZ250-255-072330-
/O.CAN.KPQR.SI.Y.0060.140508T1400Z-140509T0800Z/
/O.NEW.KPQR.GL.A.0012.140508T1400Z-140509T0000Z/
COASTAL WATERS FROM CAPE SHOALWATER WA TO CASCADE HEAD OR OUT
10 NM-COASTAL WATERS FROM CASCADE HEAD TO FLORENCE OR OUT 10 NM-
825 AM PDT WED MAY 7 2014

...GALE WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH THURSDAY
AFTERNOON...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PORTLAND HAS ISSUED A GALE
WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY MORNING THROUGH THURSDAY
AFTERNOON. THE SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FOR WINDS HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

* WINDS: EXPECT SOUTH WINDS TO GRADUALLY INCREASE TONIGHT. WINDS
  SHOULD THEN INCREASE INTO THE 20 TO 30 KT RANGE LATE THURSDAY
  MORNING INTO EARLY THURSDAY AFTERNOON. A COASTAL JET WILL LIKELY
  ALLOW WIND GUSTS OF 35 KT TO SURFACE ACROSS THE WATERS. EXPECT
  GUSTY 20 TO 25 KT WEST WINDS TO SPREAD ACROSS THE WATERS LATE IN
  THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING.

* SEAS: COMBINED SEAS WILL INCREASE QUICKLY FROM 3 TO 5 FEET EARLY
  THURSDAY MORNING TO STEEP AND WIND DRIVEN AT 7 TO 9 FEET LATE
  THURSDAY MORNING AND AFTERNOON.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A GALE WATCH IS ISSUED WHEN THE RISK OF GALE FORCE WINDS OF 34 TO
47 KNOTS HAS SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASED...BUT THE SPECIFIC TIMING
AND/OR LOCATION IS STILL UNCERTAIN. IT IS INTENDED TO PROVIDE
ADDITIONAL LEAD TIME FOR MARINERS WHO MAY WISH TO CONSIDER
ALTERING THEIR PLANS.


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