Hecate Strait - northern half


Marine Forecast

Issued 04:00 AM PST 09 December 2016

Today Tonight and Saturday

Gale warning in effect.

Wind east 20 to 30 knots becoming east 25 to 35 late this morning then diminishing to east 15 to 20 early this evening. Wind backing to north 20 to 25 Saturday morning then diminishing to north 10 to 15 Saturday afternoon.

A few flurries and chance of showers beginning early this morning. Visibility 1 mile or less in flurries.

Temperatures near plus 2.


Issued 04:00 AM PST 09 December 2016
Today Tonight and Saturday Seas 2 to 3 metres subsiding to 1 near midnight.

Extended Forecast

Issued 04:00 AM PST 09 December 2016
Sunday Wind variable 5 to 15 knots increasing to east 15 to 25 in the morning.
Monday Wind east 15 to 25 knots.
Tuesday Wind northeast 15 to 25 knots.

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Warnings (In effect)

Gale warning in effect

Hecate Strait - northern half

Issued 04:11 AM PST 09 December 2016

'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 9 December 2016 Today Tonight and Saturday At 4:00 a.m. PST today quasi-stationary ridge located over BC

At 4:00 a.m. PST today weakening frontal system located over Queen
Charlotte Sound.

At 4:00 a.m. PST today low 990 mb located west of the offshore
By 4:00 p.m. PST today low 993 mb located over northern Explorer.

Marine Weather Statement

Issued 3:39 AM PST 9 December 2016 An Arctic ridge of high pressure will remain over the British
Columbia Interior today through Saturday. Gale to storm force outflow
winds are expected through mainland inlets this morning. Outflow
winds will ease to gale force by this afternoon. Cold temperatures
from the Arctic outflow winds will give a risk of moderate freezing
spray near most mainland inlets.

A strong frontal system over Queen Charlotte Sound is giving gale to
storm force easterlies and southeasterlies to south and central
waters. The low associated with this frontal system will move into
Northern Explorer by this afternoon. Gale force southwesterlies can
be expected near the low.

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