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URGENT - MARINE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DETROIT/PONTIAC MI
358 AM EST FRI NOV 21 2014

...SOUTHWEST GALES POSSIBLE TONIGHT AND EARLY SATURDAY...

.WINDS WILL EASE A BIT TODAY WHILE SHIFTING TO SOUTHWESTERLY IN
RESPONSE PASSING HIGH PRESSURE.  SOUTHWEST WINDS WILL STRENGTHEN
AGAIN HEADING INTO THE EVENING...A PERIOD OF PEAK WINDS IN EXCESS OF
20 KNOTS EMERGING THROUGHOUT LAKE HURON BY TONIGHT.  THE POTENTIAL
DOES EXIST FOR GUSTS TO APPROACH MARGINAL GALES ACROSS CENTRAL
PORTIONS OF THE LAKE TONIGHT THROUGH EARLY SATURDAY.  A GALE WATCH
IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR THIS CORRIDOR.  A DIMINISHING GRADIENT WILL
PROVIDE A GRADUAL DECREASE OF SOUTHERLY WIND SPEEDS SATURDAY NIGHT
AND SUNDAY.  SOUTHEAST FLOW WILL STRENGTHEN IN RESPONSE SUNDAY
NIGHT TO STRONG LOW PRESSURE TRACKING BY TO THE WEST.

LHZ362-363-212200-
/O.NEW.KDTX.GL.A.0022.141122T0200Z-141122T1600Z/
LAKE HURON FROM PRESQUE ISLE LIGHT TO STURGEON POINT MI BEYOND
5NM OFF SHORE-
LAKE HURON FROM STURGEON POINT TO ALABASTER MI BEYOND 5NM OFF
SHORE-
358 AM EST FRI NOV 21 2014

...GALE WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH SATURDAY
MORNING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DETROIT/PONTIAC HAS ISSUED A GALE
WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH SATURDAY
MORNING.

* WIND AND WAVES: DURING THE GALE WATCH...EXPECT SUSTAINED WINDS
  UP TO 31 KNOTS FROM THE SOUTHWEST WITH GUSTS UP TO 36 KNOTS.
  THE LARGEST EXPECTED SIGNIFICANT WAVES WILL BE 10 FEET WITH A
  POTENTIAL MAXIMUM WAVE HEIGHT OF 14 FEET.

* TIMING: THE MAXIMUM WINDS ARE EXPECTED AROUND 1 AM SATURDAY
  WITH THE LARGEST WAVES EXPECTED AROUND 4 AM SATURDAY.

REFER TO THE LATEST MARINE FORECASTS FOR GREATER DETAIL.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A GALE WATCH IS ISSUED WHEN THE RISK OF GALE FORCE WINDS OF 34 TO
47 KNOTS HAS SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASED...BUT THE SPECIFIC TIMING
AND/OR LOCATION IS STILL UNCERTAIN. IT IS INTENDED TO PROVIDE
ADDITIONAL LEAD TIME FOR MARINERS WHO MAY WISH TO CONSIDER
ALTERING THEIR PLANS.

&&

$$

MR

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