Juan de Fuca Strait - west entrance


Marine Forecast

Issued 04:00 PM PST 17 December 2014

Tonight and Thursday

Gale warning in effect.

Wind southeast 15 to 20 knots diminishing to variable 5 to 15 this evening then increasing to southeast 25 Thursday morning. Wind increasing to southeast 30 to 35 Thursday afternoon.

Periods of rain ending early this evening. Rain beginning late Thursday morning.

Extended Forecast

Issued 04:00 PM PST 17 December 2014
Friday Wind southerly 25 to 35 knots diminishing to southwesterly 15 to 25 in the morning and to variable 5 to 15 late in the day.
Saturday Wind southeast 30 to 40 knots.
Sunday Wind southeast 20 to 30 knots becoming westerly 25 to 35.

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Warnings (In effect)

GALE WARNING in effect

Juan de Fuca Strait - west entrance

Issued 4:00 PM PST 17 December 2014

'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 4:00 AM PST 17 December 2014 Today Tonight and Thursday At 4:00 a.m. PST today weakening frontal system located on a line
north-south over central Vancouver Island.

At 4:00 a.m. PST today trough located over Bowie.
By 4:00 p.m. PST today trough located on a line north-south over
Hecate Strait.

At 9:30 p.m. PST tonight frontal system located off the offshore
By 4:00 p.m. PST Thursday frontal system located on a line
northwest-southeast over Queen Charlotte Sound.

Marine Weather Statement

Issued 3:59 PM PST 17 December 2014 A relatively weak trough of low pressure over Haida Gwaii this
afternoon will stall over Hecate Strait this evening. Then an intense
Pacific frontal system will move into the offshore waters tonight and
through the North Coast during the day Thursday.

Strong to gale force southeast winds will prevail ahead of the
incoming trough over most northern and central waters this evening.
Then widespread storm force southeasterlies will develop by Thursday
morning everywhere from Northern Vancouver Island northwards as the
Pacific front approaches. Very high seas will build, reaching up
To 8 metres off the central portions of the coast. Winds will rise to
strong to gale force southeast over the far south on Thursday. In
addition, outflow winds will rise to gale force through the Northern
Mainland inlets tonight and Thursday morning.

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