Hecate Strait - southern half


Marine Forecast

Issued 09:30 PM PDT 09 October 2015

Tonight and Saturday

Gale warning in effect.

Wind south 25 to 35 knots diminishing to south 15 to 25 after midnight then increasing to south 25 to 35 early Saturday morning. Wind becoming northwest 30 to 40 late Saturday afternoon then diminishing to southwest 20 Saturday evening.

Periods of rain.


Issued 04:00 PM PDT 09 October 2015
Today Tonight and Saturday Seas 7 to 9 metres subsiding to 5 to 7 early this evening and to 3 to 5 late overnight. Seas subsiding to 2 to 3 Saturday afternoon.

Extended Forecast

Issued 04:00 PM PDT 09 October 2015
Sunday Wind southeast 15 to 25 knots increasing to southeast 50 in the morning then diminishing to southwest 15 to 25 late in the day.
Monday Wind southwest 15 to 25 knots increasing to south 25 to 35 late in the day.
Tuesday Wind south 25 to 35 knots diminishing to southwest 15 late in the day.

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Ice Conditions

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Warnings (In effect)

Gale warning in effect

Hecate Strait - southern half

Issued 9:30 PM PDT 09 October 2015

'Gale' force winds of 34 to 47 knots are occurring or expected to occur in this marine area. Watch for updated statements. Please refer to the latest marine forecasts for further details and continue to monitor the situation through Canadian Coast Guard radio or Weatheradio stations.


Technical Marine Synopsis

Issued 9:30 PM PDT 9 October 2015 Tonight and Saturday At 9:30 p.m. PDT tonight departing low 980 mb located over the
southern Alaska panhandle.

At midnight PDT tonight low 986 mb located west of Explorer.
By 8:00 p.m. PDT Saturday departing low 987 mb located over northern
BC interior.

At 5:00 p.m. PDT Saturday building ridge located over the northern
offshore waters.
By 11:00 p.m. PDT Saturday building ridge located from the North
Coast to Vancouver Island.

Marine Weather Statement

Issued 9:29 PM PDT 9 October 2015 Stormy conditions will prevail over the next few days as a series of
lows and frontal systems affect the BC coast.

The next low pressure centre in the series will cross the central
offshore waters overnight and will deepen to about 984 millibars as
it moves northeastward through Hecate Strait Saturday afternoon. The
low will bring gale force southerlies followed by gale force
northwesterlies over the central part of the coast. A trough of low
pressure moving through the South Coast Saturday afternoon will bring
strong to gale force south or southeast winds followed by strong to
gale force westerlies. Winds will then ease over all areas on
Saturday night as a ridge of high pressure reaches the coast.

Another intense storm will move in on Sunday, bringing widespread
storm force winds over central and northern waters.

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