Daily Situation Report








Date:  October 23, 2017




No new closures reported




A moderate risk for rip currents can be expected along the gulf beaches of Alabama and Northwest Florida through tonight.




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


A broad area of low pressure is expected to form over the western Caribbean Sea during the next few days.  Slow development of this system is possible thereafter while it moves northwestward to northward. Regardless of development, this system will not cause any impacts to Okaloosa County


Formation chance through 48 hours, low, near 0 percent.

Formation chance through 5 days, medium, 40 percent.




Today: Cloudy early, then gradual clearing, with a high near 78. Northwest winds around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.


Tonight: Clear, with a low around 51. North winds 5 to 10 mph.


Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 75. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.


Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 43. Northwest winds around 10 mph.




A moderate to strong northerly wind flow can be expected today and early tonight in the wake of a cold front that moved across the marine area early this morning. Northerly winds and seas will rebuild Tuesday through midweek as a reinforcing surge of cooler air moves south over the northern gulf on Tuesday. A light onshore will develop later in the week in response to another cold front approaching from the west late in the week and over the weekend. A Small Craft Advisory is in effect for the offshore waters of Alabama and Northwest Florida today and early tonight and will likely be reissued on Tuesday.


Today: West winds 15 to 20 knots becoming northwest 13 to 18 knots. Seas will be 4 to 6 feet. There is a slight chance of showers in the morning.


Tonight: North winds 13 to 18 knots becoming northwest. Seas will be 3 to 6 feet subsiding to 3 to 4 feet.


Tuesday: Northwest winds 15 to 20 knots. Seas will be 3 to 4 feet.


Tuesday Night: Northwest winds 18 to 23 knots becoming north 15 to 20 knots. Seas will be 3 to 5 feet.




Rip Current Hazard: Moderate


Surf Temperature: 79 degrees






Low 0.2 feet 10:36 AM, High 1.3 feet 11:37 PM, Low 0.2 feet 11:38 AM / Tide Range is 1.1 feet




Low 0.3 feet 7:45 AM, High 1.6 feet 10:37 PM, Low 0.4 feet 9:05 AM / Tide Range is 1.3 feet




Low 0.1 feet 10:36 AM, High 0.8 feet 12:27 AM / Tide Range is 0.7 feet




KBDI drought index for previous day: 218


Humidity: 50% inland & 52% coastal


Mixing height: 3400 inland & 3500 coastal


Transport winds: NW at 15 inland & NW at 16 coastal


Dispersion index: 54 inland & 47 coastal




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


Yellow/Milligan: 6.43 feet (R)                  (Not forecast to flood.)


Blackwater/Baker: 6.60 feet (R)             (Not forecast to flood)

Shoal/SR 85, Crestview: 6.24 feet (R)    River is forecast to enter flood stage at this location early morning Tuesday. It is forecast to crest at 9.6 feet early morning Wednesday. No impacts will occur at this level.


Shoal/Mossy Head: 12.49 feet (R)          (Not forecast to flood at this location)




Begin Civil Twilight: 6:29 am

Sunrise: 6:54 am

Sunset: 6:06 pm

End Civil Twilight: 6:31 pm


Moonset:  9:03 pm

Moonrise: 10:12 am

Moon phase: waxing 14%


Okaloosa County Emergency Management