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Hecate Strait - northern half

Forecast

Marine Forecast

Issued 04:00 AM PDT 24 July 2024

Today Tonight and Thursday.

Wind northwest 10 to 20 knots today. Wind northwest 5 to 15 tonight and Thursday.

Showers ending this afternoon. Showers Thursday evening.

Waves

Issued 04:00 AM PDT 24 July 2024
Today Tonight and Thursday. Seas 1 metre or less.

Extended Forecast

Issued 04:00 AM PDT 24 July 2024
Friday Wind northwest 10 to 20 knots.
Saturday Wind variable 5 to 15 knots.
Sunday Wind variable 5 to 15 knots becoming south 15.

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Waterspout watch in effect

Hecate Strait

Issued 04:45 AM PDT 24 July 2024 Conditions are favourable for the development of waterspouts.

Where: Queen Charlotte Sound, Central Coast, southern Hecate Strait and northern West Coast Vancouver Island North.

When: Now through this afternoon.

Remarks: Favourable conditions for waterspout development are present as an upper low moves over the central BC waters.

Wind speeds inside the spray ring of a waterspout are 45 knots or higher. Vulnerable vessels are at risk of damage or capsizing. Keep in mind that waterspouts cannot be seen at night and may strike suddenly. Waterspouts are generally isolated in nature although they can also occur in families of two or more. Waterspouts are generally short-lived in nature, typically lasting 20 minutes or less. Spray rings associated with waterspouts can measure in the tens of metres. Waterspouts sometimes appear as funnel clouds with swirling water visible near the surface.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. For more information monitor Canadian Coast Guard radio or Weatheradio stations.

Synopsis

Technical Marine Synopsis

Issued 4:00 AM PDT 24 July 2024 Today Tonight and Thursday At 4:00 a.m. PDT today low 1014 mb located over southern Hecate
Strait.
By 4:00 p.m. PDT today dissipating low 1019 mb located over the
Central Coast.

At 4:00 p.m. PDT today ridge located west of the offshore waters.
By 4:00 p.m. PDT Thursday ridge located over the offshore waters.

Marine Weather Statement

Issued 3:48 AM PDT 24 July 2024 A building ridge of high pressure offshore combined with lower
pressure inland will bring strong to gale force westerlies to
Juan de Fuca Strait this evening. Winds will ease early Thursday
morning.

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