Marine Weather and Tides
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|Sunrise 5:42AM||Sunset 8:37PM||Thursday June 22, 2017 10:18 AM EDT (14:18 UTC)||Moonrise 3:33AM||Moonset 5:59PM||Illumination 3%|
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|ANZ536 Tidal Potomac From Indian Head To Cobb Island- 732 Am Edt Thu Jun 22 2017 |
.small craft advisory in effect from Friday morning through Friday afternoon...
Today..SW winds 5 to 10 kt. Waves 1 ft.
Tonight..SW winds 5 to 10 kt. Waves 1 ft. A chance of showers.
Fri..SW winds 10 to 15 kt. Gusts up to 20 kt... Increasing to 25 kt late. Waves 1 ft. Showers likely with a chance of tstms. Vsby 1 nm or less.
Fri night..SW winds 10 to 15 kt. Gusts up to 25 kt in the evening. Waves 1 to 2 ft. Showers with a chance of tstms.
Sat..W winds 5 to 10 kt. Waves 1 ft. Showers likely with a chance of tstms.
Sat night..NW winds 5 kt. Waves less than 1 ft.
Sun..NW winds around 5 kt. Waves 1 ft.
Mon..NW winds around 5 kt. Waves 1 ft. A chance of showers and tstms through the night. Winds and waves higher and visibilities lower in and near tstms.
|ANZ500 732 Am Edt Thu Jun 22 2017 |
Synopsis for the tidal potomac and md portion of the chesapeake bay.. High pressure will remain offshore today. A slow moving cold front will affect the area from Friday into Saturday. High pressure will return on Sunday. Small craft advisory conditions are possible Friday night through Saturday.
7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Colonial Beach, VAHourly EDIT Help
Area Discussion for - Baltimore, MD/Washington  (on/off)  Help NOTE: mouseover dotted underlined text for definition
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area forecast discussion... Corrected
national weather service baltimore md washington dc
1015 am edt Thu jun 22 2017
High pressure will remain west of the area today. A cold front
will cross the area late Friday night into Saturday, with
tropical moisture streaming into the mid atlantic ahead of the
cold front. High pressure will return Sunday and persist through
early next week.
Near term until 6 pm this evening
Early morning showers have beein dissipating, as rap hrrr output
has been suggesting. Will still have a cluster of low-mid level
clouds crossing the forecast area, in addition to the veil of
cirrus. Have added more clouds to the database today, which should
yield less optimistic skycover forecasts.
A bit of warm advection will result in temperatures rising a
few degrees over yesterday, so expect lower 90s to be more
common. Those aforementioned mid and high clouds could be a
limiting factor though. Theta-e advection will also begin this
afternoon. Assuming warming destabilization does occur, around
1000 j kg of MLCAPE and 1500-2000 j kg of MUCAPE will be
possible, especially over the mountains. Terrain circulations
and a lee trough will help initiate showers and thunderstorms
this afternoon, perhaps assisted by a little increase in upper
Hi-res models have various solutions on how far east and south
the thunderstorms will make it. Have slowed development slightly,
but ultimately top out late day pops at the same level as my
predecessor. Deep layer shear is expected to remain less than 30
kt, so storms should be mostly pulse variety unless a cluster
forms along outflow.
Short term 6 pm this evening through Saturday night
Overall setup for the influx of tropical moisture remains
similar from tonight through early Saturday. There will be two
opportunities for a slug of moderate to heavy rainfall (though
likely not long duration), with potential for convection in
between on Friday afternoon.
Lead shortwave LLJ isentropic lift will arrive first tonight.
Have trended pops toward the speedier timing of the NAM wrfs, as
these types of events often arrive and depart faster than
progged. LLJ will be transporting pwats of around 2 inches,
which will then remain in place. However, overall duration of
this rain is on the order of 3-4 hours, so even with efficient
rain rates, am thinking flooding will be a low concern with this
round other than ponding. This round of rain should be departed
by mid morning Friday.
Thermodynamic environment remains uncertain heading into Friday
afternoon as clouds will be abundant and atmosphere will
stabilize some after morning rain. However in the moisture rich
environment, some instability is likely to develop. Deep layer
shear will also be increasing as upper trough digs to our west.
Latest guidance suggests the best chance of storms will be
across northern western portions of the area where convergence
may be a little better along with weak mid level impulses. Will
have to monitor this time period for severe weather as well as
heavy rain rates and flash flooding, though wind fields should
be sufficient to keep storms moving.
Final opportunity for heavy rain will arrive with the remnants
of cindy and a southward moving cold front late Friday night
into Saturday morning. Once again, the forcing will be fast
moving, so prolonged heavy rain is unlikely. However, rates may
be especially intense given the continued high pwat and deep
warm cloud layers. Given ground may be more saturated in some
areas by this point, will have to monitor potential for flash
There is some spread on how quickly the cold front sweeps east
on Saturday. There is at least some chance thunderstorms could
redevelop east of i-95 during the afternoon. However, dry
conditions are expected by Saturday night, along with lower
temperatures and humidity.
Long term Sunday through Wednesday
Upper level troughing looks to dominate the region as we head|
into next week, centered near the great lakes. This will
position a high pressure in a semi-permanent fashion over the
central us. In turn, this will result in a somewhat unusual
northwesterly flow at low levels through at least the first
half of next week. This will result in slowly cooling
temperatures as weak reinforcing shots of cooler air push
southeastward into the region, likely accompanied by little
precip. Bottom line is that it won't feel very much like late
june. The trough and associated cooler air may move away late in
the week as surface high pressure shifts eastward, eventually
assuming a more bermuda-high like position by next weekend.
Aviation 14z Thursday through Monday
Scattered showers and storms may form near the mountains this
afternoon. Mrb has the highest chance of being affected, though
wouldn't totally rule out something reaching the metros. The
first half of the evening will beVFR.
Main concern the next couple of days will be periods of heavy
rain as tropical moisture flows into the area. One will be late
tonight into Friday morning. The second will be late Friday
night into Saturday morning. MVFR or lower CIGS and vsby will be
possible with each. Thunderstorms may form in between these two
slugs on Friday afternoon, though coverage and intensity are
uncertain. Gradient winds could also gust 20-25 kt Friday
Vfr likely Sunday and Monday.
There's a very low chance a shower or storm could reach
northern parts of the bay and upper tidal potomac late this
afternoon. Otherwise southwest winds at 10-15 kt will prevail.
Wind fields start increasing late tonight ahead of deepening
storm system and remnants of cindy. SCA conditions will become
likely by Friday, though a period of moderate to heavy rain
could temper winds a bit in the morning. Winds are expected to
remain elevated through Saturday as the remnants and a cold
front cross the area.
High pressure will most likely result in sub-sca winds Sunday. A
weak reinforcing cold front may bring gusts to SCA levels
Monday. If so, they will likely subside again Tuesday.
Given brief nature of the two round of moderate to heavy rain
and scattered showers storms in between, areal average storm
total (tonight through Saturday) rainfall are generally in the
1-2 inch range, possibly less to the southeast. Thus mmefs
indicates little to no potential of mainstem river flooding. The
main concern will be flash flooding in any areas which receive
repeated and or prolonged periods of heavy rain.
Tides coastal flooding
Water levels a few inches above astronomical normals this
morning. These will slowly increase over the next couple of
days. There is the potential for minor flooding by Friday at
sensitive sites, in the gradient flow ahead of a cold front
which would be merged with moisture from the remnants of cindy.
Lwx watches warnings advisories
Marine... Small craft advisory from 10 am to 6 pm edt Friday for anz530-
Small craft advisory from 2 am to 6 pm edt Friday for
near term... Hts ads
short term... Ads
long term... Rcm
aviation... Ads rcm
marine... Hts ads rcm
tides coastal flooding... Hts rcm
Weather Reporting StationsEDIT (on/off)  Help NOTE: Click on distance to see the station location on a map
|Stations||Dist||Age||Wind||Air Temp||Water Temp||Waves||Pressure||DewPt|
|NCDV2||6 mi||60 min||SSE 1 G 1.9||80°F||79°F||1015.5 hPa|
|PPTM2 - 8578240 - Piney Point, MD||24 mi||60 min||SW 1.9 G 1.9|
|SLIM2 - 8577330 - Solomons Island, MD||27 mi||60 min||SSE 1.9 G 2.9||79°F||76°F|
|LWTV2 - 8635750 - Lewisetta, VA||32 mi||60 min||WSW 4.1 G 4.1||79°F||77°F||1016.4 hPa|
|COVM2 - 8577018 - Cove Point LNG Pier, MD||32 mi||60 min||SE 2.9 G 4.1||78°F||1016.7 hPa|
|44062 - Gooses Reef, MD||36 mi||48 min||SSW 1.9 G 3.9||78°F||1017 hPa|
|44042 - Potomac, MD||36 mi||48 min||W 5.8 G 5.8||77°F||1015.5 hPa|
|44061 - Upper Potomac, MD||37 mi||60 min||WSW 1.9 G 3.9||78°F||82°F||1016.6 hPa|
|BSLM2 - Chesapeake Bay, MD||39 mi||168 min||Calm||68°F||1016 hPa||66°F|
|WASD2 - 8594900 - Washington, DC||43 mi||60 min||SSE 1.9 G 2.9||82°F||82°F||1015.7 hPa|
|BISM2 - 8571421 - Bishops Head, MD||49 mi||60 min||WSW 6 G 6||77°F||79°F||1016.8 hPa|
Wind History for Piney Point, MD(wind in knots) EDIT (on/off)  Help
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|St Marys County Airport, MD||22 mi||25 min||N 0||10.00 mi||Fair||81°F||68°F||66%||1016.9 hPa|
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|Colonial Beach |
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Thu -- 01:26 AM EDT 2.28 feet High Tide
Thu -- 04:33 AM EDT Moonrise
Thu -- 05:45 AM EDT Sunrise
Thu -- 07:58 AM EDT 0.18 feet Low Tide
Thu -- 01:42 PM EDT 1.87 feet High Tide
Thu -- 06:58 PM EDT Moonset
Thu -- 07:58 PM EDT -0.02 feet Low Tide
Thu -- 08:34 PM EDT Sunset
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|Broomes Island |
Click for MapFlood direction 290° true
Ebb direction 110° true
Thu -- 02:33 AM EDT -0.00 knots Slack
Thu -- 04:31 AM EDT Moonrise
Thu -- 05:42 AM EDT Sunrise
Thu -- 05:48 AM EDT -0.65 knots Max Ebb
Thu -- 09:31 AM EDT 0.00 knots Slack
Thu -- 11:34 AM EDT 0.24 knots Max Flood
Thu -- 02:11 PM EDT -0.00 knots Slack
Thu -- 05:17 PM EDT -0.44 knots Max Ebb
Thu -- 06:57 PM EDT Moonset
Thu -- 08:01 PM EDT 0.00 knots Slack
Thu -- 08:33 PM EDT Sunset
Thu -- 11:33 PM EDT 0.67 knots Max Flood
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