Marine Weather and Tides
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|Sunrise 5:48AM||Sunset 8:20PM||Tuesday May 22, 2018 3:25 PM EDT (19:25 UTC)||Moonrise 12:18PM||Moonset 1:08AM||Illumination 54%|
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|ANZ537 Tidal Potomac From Cobb Island To Smith Point- 133 Pm Edt Tue May 22 2018 |
This afternoon..S winds 10 kt. Waves 1 ft. Showers and tstms likely.
Tonight..SW winds 5 to 10 kt. Waves 1 ft. A chance of showers and tstms.
Wed..NW winds 5 to 10 kt. Waves 1 ft. A chance of showers.
Wed night..N winds 5 kt. Waves less than 1 ft.
Thu..N winds 5 to 10 kt. Waves 1 ft.
Thu night..S winds 5 kt. Waves less than 1 ft.
Fri..SW winds 5 to 10 kt. Waves 1 ft.
Sat..SW winds 5 to 10 kt. Waves 1 ft. A chance of tstms. A chance of showers. Winds and waves higher and visibilities lower in and near tstms.
|ANZ500 133 Pm Edt Tue May 22 2018 |
Synopsis for the tidal potomac and md portion of the chesapeake bay.. A warm front will pass through the waters today and a cold front will approach from the northwest tonight before passing through Wednesday. High pressure will build overhead Thursday through Friday before moving offshore during the weekend. Small craft advisory conditions are possible Wednesday.
7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Cobb Island, MDHourly EDIT Help
Area Discussion for - Wakefield, VA  (on/off)  Help NOTE: mouseover dotted underlined text for definition
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area forecast discussion
national weather service wakefield va
302 pm edt Tue may 22 2018
A warm front across the eastern part of the local area will move
northeast tonight. A cold front will cross the region on
Wednesday, followed by a period of dry weather Thursday and
Friday under the influence of high pressure.
Near term until 6 pm this evening
As of 300 pm edt Tuesday...
thunderstorms have developed this afternoon across the mountains of
northern va WV in association with the subtle short wave over the
ohio valley. Best flow aloft generally remains just north of the
area, but given the strong instability and marginal deep layer shear
profile of 25-30kt, a severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for
the northern part of the forecast area generally north of richmond.
The best chance for severe weather would likely be across the far
north (caroline louisa counties through the northern neck) due to
the better kinematics, however overall the best severe threat seems
to be north of the area. Main concern could be another period of
locally heavy rainfall with storms possibly training across the
north this evening. These storms should diminish relatively quickly
after sunset due to loss of daytime heating.
Meanwhile, storms have also developed across the far south in
association with a weak surface trough. These are not expected to be
severe, but again, given the high precipitable water values of
around 1.75 inches, heavy rain is expected.
Short term 6 pm this evening through Thursday night
As of 300 pm edt Tuesday...
the surface front over the ohio valley will slowly move through the
area on Wednesday. Models suggest the front will take pretty much
the entire day to move through the region, and as a result much of
the southern half of the local area will remain south of the front
through the afternoon. This should allow for thunderstorms to once
again develop along the front in the afternoon. Winds aloft are only
marginal for severe storms in the afternoon with only about 20-25 kt
of shear during the afternoon. Could not rule out some line segments
with gusty winds but organized severe unlikely. After the front
passes through Wed evening, expect dry and seasonable weather thu
Long term Friday through Monday
As of 320 pm edt Monday...
a strong surface ridge and northwest flow aloft with the upper
ridge axis to the west over the mississippi valley will provide
dry weather with moderate temperatures for the beginning of the
extended forecast. Expect highs in the low to mid 80s Friday and
the mid to upper 80s on Saturday. Overnight lows in the mid to
upper 60s Friday night. But the upper ridge will erode through
the holiday weekend with a gradual increase in moisture as it
appears that another area of low pressure will form in the
northeastern gulf of mexico by Sunday and push more tropical
moisture northward into the region. This could allow for more
showers and tropical downpours for Sunday and again on Monday.
The big model difference in the models is the handling of a
backdoor cold front between the 12z GFS and ECMWF with the gfs
pushing the front south through the area and the ECMWF keeping
the boundary well north of the area. In either case, the chance
for showers and some possibly heavy rainfall exist for the
second half of the holiday weekend. If the GFS is right with the
front Monday could be a damp cool rainy day while the ecmwf
would lead to more periodic showers with some breaks. At this
time of year, seems more likely the for the front to hang north
of the area. So have kept the temperatures up more in the low to
mid 80s for Sunday and Monday.
Aviation 19z Tuesday through Sunday
As of 300 pm edt Tuesday...
mostlyVFR conditions expected this afternoon, although localized
ifr possible early this afternoon at ecg with thunderstorms.
Otherwise, another round of showers and thunderstorms possible at
ric and sby late this afternoon and this evening as the storms
currently on the mountains move eastward. Localized ifr possible|
especially at ric, but timing is difficult. These should diminish
this evening due to loss of daytime heating.VFR expected overnight
into Wednesday, although additional storms possible across the far
south late Wed morning into Wed afternoon.
Outlook... The cold front moves through Wednesday Wed evening with
high pressure building in for Thu fri.VFR conditions expected
As of 715 am edt Tuesday...
latest obs reflect a light e-se flow across the waters this morning.
The latest surface analysis reveals weak frontal boundary oriented
just S SW of the waters at sunrise. Expect surface ridge to the
south across the carolinas will nudge front back north across
the waters later today, slowly lifting back north across the
local area from late morning through the afternoon, with surface
winds to veer around to the s-sw behind the boundary. Pressure
gradient tightens slightly, but remains weak and therefore
expect winds to remain no more than 10-15 kt. Seas remain ~2 to
3 feet on SE swell of ~6-8 seconds W waves 1 to 2 feet. Models
continue to develop some more scattered convection along the
returning front across lower bay and central southern waters
this afternoon, gradually diminishing into the evening.
Additional showers and storms are possible over northern waters
by late afternoon into the evening.
S-sw flow persists Tuesday night. Winds do nudge upward slightly
over southern waters, as pressure gradient tightens slightly ahead
of next front. However, conditions should remain predominately sub-
sca (~15kt lower bay and southern coastal waters). Weak surface cold
front crosses the region on Wednesday. However, given the typical
late-spring pattern in place, cool air push behind the front is
minimal, and little more than a post-frontal wind shift to the w-nw
is expected late Wednesday into Thursday morning. High pressure
builds into the area Thursday through Friday, leading to developing
lift n-ne flow and generally tranquil marine conditions into the
start of the holiday weekend.
As of 625 am edt Tuesday...
flood warning continues for the appomattox river basin. Mattoax
is now forecast to reach moderate flooding by late tonight early
Wednesday morning. Warning has been dropped at stony creek,
with river falling below flood stage earlier this morning.
Additional flood warnings continue for the chickahominy,
mattaponi rivers, as well as the pocomoke river in md. (allowed
south anna pamunkey river to expire). See flwakq or flsakq for
As of 145 am edt Tuesday...
* ric monthly rainfall total through 5 21 remains at 8.84"
(already ranks as 5th wettest may on record). (precipitation
records date back to 1880)
* sby monthly rainfall total through 5 21 remains at 8.52"
(already ranks as 3rd wettest may on record). (precipitation
records date back to 1906)
Akq watches warnings advisories
near term... Mrd
short term... Mrd
long term... Ess
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|Stations||Dist||Age||Wind||Air Temp||Water Temp||Waves||Pressure||DewPt|
|PPTM2 - 8578240 - Piney Point, MD||13 mi||38 min||SW 6 G 6|
|NCDV2||17 mi||38 min||SW 2.9 G 5.1||80°F||75°F||1015.2 hPa|
|SLIM2 - 8577330 - Solomons Island, MD||17 mi||38 min||SSW 8.9 G 11||76°F||70°F||1016.2 hPa|
|LWTV2 - 8635750 - Lewisetta, VA||22 mi||38 min||WSW 8 G 8.9||78°F||74°F||1016.4 hPa|
|COVM2 - 8577018 - Cove Point LNG Pier, MD||23 mi||38 min||S 12 G 14||69°F||1017.3 hPa|
|44042 - Potomac, MD||26 mi||26 min||SE 9.7 G 12||72°F||72°F||1 ft||1015.7 hPa (-2.9)|
|44062 - Gooses Reef, MD||29 mi||26 min||SSE 9.7 G 12||70°F||1 ft||1017.6 hPa (-2.0)|
|BISM2 - 8571421 - Bishops Head, MD||38 mi||38 min||S 11 G 13||73°F||75°F||1017.1 hPa|
|BSLM2 - Chesapeake Bay, MD||39 mi||116 min||SE 1.9||73°F||1018 hPa||66°F|
|CA2 - 8571892 - Cambridge, MD||44 mi||38 min||79°F||71°F||1017.8 hPa|
|WASD2 - 8594900 - Washington, DC||47 mi||38 min||SSE 5.1 G 6||75°F||66°F||1016.1 hPa|
Wind History for Piney Point, MD(wind in knots) EDIT (on/off)  Help
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|St Marys County Airport, MD||12 mi||49 min||SW 7||10.00 mi||Overcast||77°F||68°F||74%||1017.3 hPa|
|St. Inigoes, Webster Field, Naval Electronic Systems Engineering Activity, MD||18 mi||33 min||Var 4||6.00 mi||Mostly Cloudy with Haze||79°F||71°F||77%||1016.1 hPa|
|Patuxent River, Naval Air Station, MD||19 mi||94 min||SSW 6||10.00 mi||Mostly Cloudy||80°F||68°F||67%||1017.3 hPa|
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Tue -- 02:07 AM EDT Moonset
Tue -- 02:55 AM EDT 0.23 feet Low Tide
Tue -- 05:50 AM EDT Sunrise
Tue -- 09:20 AM EDT 2.08 feet High Tide
Tue -- 01:17 PM EDT Moonrise
Tue -- 03:31 PM EDT 0.12 feet Low Tide
Tue -- 08:17 PM EDT Sunset
Tue -- 10:05 PM EDT 2.09 feet High Tide
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Ebb direction 145° true
Tue -- 02:06 AM EDT Moonset
Tue -- 03:21 AM EDT 0.00 knots Slack
Tue -- 05:35 AM EDT 0.47 knots Max Flood
Tue -- 05:49 AM EDT Sunrise
Tue -- 08:08 AM EDT -0.00 knots Slack
Tue -- 12:17 PM EDT -0.93 knots Max Ebb
Tue -- 01:16 PM EDT Moonrise
Tue -- 04:34 PM EDT 0.00 knots Slack
Tue -- 06:36 PM EDT 0.48 knots Max Flood
Tue -- 08:16 PM EDT Sunset
Tue -- 09:18 PM EDT -0.00 knots Slack
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