Gulf Forecast Discussion

By: NWS
By: NWS

A TIGHTENED PRESSURE GRADIENT BETWEEN A RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE BUILDING OVER THE NORTHERN GULF COAST AND A DEPARTING TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE OFF THE EAST COAST WILL KEEP WINDS AND SEAS ELEVATED OVER THE MARINE AREA THROUGH TOMORROW MORNING. WINDS WILL REMAIN IN THE 15 TO 20 KNOT RANGE WITH SEAS UP TO 3 TO 5 FEET. SMALL CRAFT SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION OVER THE MARINE AREA TODAY AND TONIGHT. THE RIDGE WILL SETTLE OVER OUR AREA THURSDAY AFTERNOON BRINGING IN A ROUND OF CALMER MARINE CONDITIONS. THE RIDGE IS FORECAST TO BREAK DOWN AND SLIDE TO THE SOUTHEAST OVER THE WEEKEND. WINDS WILL SHIFT TO SOUTHERLY AND INCREASE AHEAD OF A DEVELOPING LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM SET TO MOVE THROUGH THE AREA NEXT WEEK. HAZARDOUS MARINE CONDITIONS WILL BE POSSIBLE SUNDAY NIGHT INTO MONDAY IN ASSOCIATION WITH THIS STORM SYSTEM.


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