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Daily Situation Report

Date: August 29, 2014

ROAD CLOSURES:

U.S. 98 eastbound traffic, between Fallin Waters Drive and the Hurlburt Field runway, in Okaloosa County will be shifted to the newly constructed adjacent lanes the week of Monday, Aug. 25. Plans call for a similar westbound traffic shift in September that will allow construction to begin in the center portion of the roadway to elevate the U.S. 98 travel lanes above Cody Avenue.

Work will begin Friday, August 22 to widen and improve State Road (S.R.) 123 in Okaloosa County. The $48 million construction program will widen S.R. 123 from two to four travel lanes from S.R. 85 near the Northwest Florida Regional Airport to S.R. 85 north of Niceville. Crews will also resurface the existing roadway, construct four new bridges along the route, and build a flyover ramp at the S.R. 123/85 intersection near Niceville.

Drivers will encounter alternating lane closures on State Road 20, between Roberts Drive and the Mid-Bay Bridge Connector, Sunday, Aug. 24 through Thursday, Aug. 28 from7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. The lane closures will allow crews to place the final layer of asphalt on the roadway.

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK:

Showers and thunderstorms will increase in coverage today. Some of the thunderstorms could produce gusty winds, locally heavy rainfall and frequent lightning.

TROPICAL FORECAST:

For the North Atlantic, Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico

The National Hurricane Center is issuing advisories on Hurricane Cristobal, located a few hundred miles southeast of Cape Race, Newfoundland.

Disorganized cloudiness and thunderstorms over the central Caribbean Sea are associated with a tropical wave. Upper-level winds are expected to remain unfavorable for development during the next day or so. However, environmental conditions could become more conducive for some development when the system moves over the northwestern Caribbean Sea Saturday night or Sunday, and into the southwestern Gulf of Mexico Sunday night or Monday.
Formation chance through 48 hours is low, near 0 percent.
Formation chance through 5 days is low, 20 percent.

A tropical wave near the west coast of Africa is producing minimal shower activity. Environmental conditions are expected to remain unfavorable for development of this system during the next several days while it moves westward near 15 mph across the eastern and central tropical Atlantic.
Formation chance through 48 hours is low, near 0 percent.
Formation chance through 5 days is low, 10 percent.

GENERAL WEATHER OUTLOOK:

Today: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 1pm, partly sunny, with a high near 92. East winds 5 to 10 mph and becoming south in the afternoon. The chance of precipitation is 60%.

Tonight: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mostly cloudy, with a low around 76. South winds around 5 mph. The chance of precipitation is 40%.

Saturday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, partly sunny, with a high near 91. South winds 5 to 10 mph. The chance of precipitation is 50%.

Saturday night: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mostly cloudy, with a low around 74. South winds around 5 mph and becoming calm in the evening. The chance of precipitation is 30%.

Sunday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mostly sunny, with a high near 90. Expect light and variable winds becoming south 5 to 10 mph in the morning. The chance of precipitation is 30%.

Sunday night: Isolated showers and thunderstorms, partly cloudy, with a low around 76. South winds around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. The chance of precipitation is 20%.

Labor Day: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, partly sunny, with a high near 92. Expect light and variable winds becoming south 5 to 10 mph in the morning. The chance of precipitation is 30%.

MARINE FORECAST:

Today: Southeast winds 12 to 15 knots, seas 2 to 3 feet. Expect numerous showers and thunderstorms.

Tonight: South winds 10 to 13 knots, seas 2 to 3 feet. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible.

Saturday: South winds 10 to 13 knots, seas 2 to 3 feet. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible.

Saturday night: Southeast winds 8 to 11 knots, seas 2 to 3 feet. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible.

Sunday: Southeast winds 9 to 12 knots, seas 2 to 3 feet. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible.

Sunday night: Southeast winds 7 to 10 knots, seas 2 to 3 feet. Isolated showers and thunderstorms are possible.

Labor Day: Southeast winds 8 to 11 knots, seas 2 to 3 feet. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible.

SURF FORECAST:

Rip Current Hazard: Low

Outlook for Tomorrow: Low

Surf Temperature: 85 degrees

Tides:

Navarre Beach:
Low 0.7 ft 6:02 am, high 0.9 ft 1:32 pm / low 0.8 ft 5:19 pm, tide range is 0.2 feet

East Pass (Destin):
High 0.5 ft 1:43 am, low 0.2 ft 9:21 am / high 0.4 ft 3:29 pm, low 0.3 ft 5:45 pm / tide range is 0.3 feet

Pensacola Pass:
High 0.9 ft 12:53 am, low 0.6 ft 9:21 am / high 0.7 ft 2:39 pm, low 0.7 ft 5:45 pm / tide range is 0.3 feet

FIRE WEATHER:

Keetch Byram drought index (KBDI): 500 599
Index for previous day: 511

Humidity: 50% inland & 53% coastal
Mixing height: 7400 inland & 6300 coastal
Transport winds: SE at 10 inland & SE at 12 coastal
Dispersion index: 37 inland & 42 coastal

RIVER LEVELS:

(R = rising, S = steady, F = falling)

Yellow/Milligan: 1.19 ft (S)

Blackwater/Baker: 1.78 ft (S)

Shoal/SR 85, Crestview: 5.29 ft (S)

Shoal/Mossy Head: 6.92 ft (S)

SUN / MOON DATA:

Sunset: 0712 pm
End civil twilight: 1937
Moon phase: waxing 15%
Moonrise: 1046 tomorrow
Moonset: 2130 today
Begin civil twilight: 0557
Sunrise: 0622

Randy McDaniel, Okaloosa County Emergency Management

Dino J. Villani,
Director of Public Safety
90 College Boulevard East
Niceville, FL 32578
Phone: (850) 651-7150
Fax: (850) 651-7170