Marine Weather and Tides
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|Sunrise 6:25AM||Sunset 7:55PM||Sunday August 20, 2017 7:39 AM EDT (11:39 UTC)||Moonrise 4:03AM||Moonset 6:17PM||Illumination 3%|
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|ANZ536 Tidal Potomac From Indian Head To Cobb Island- 432 Am Edt Sun Aug 20 2017 |
Rest of the overnight..N winds 5 kt. Waves less than 1 ft.
Today..N winds 5 kt. Waves less than 1 ft.
Tonight..SE winds around 5 kt. Waves 1 ft.
Mon..S winds around 5 kt. Waves 1 ft. A chance of showers and tstms.
Mon night..S winds 5 kt. Waves less than 1 ft. A chance of showers and tstms.
Tue..SW winds 5 to 10 kt. Waves 1 ft.
Tue night..SW winds 5 to 10 kt. Waves 1 ft.
Wed..NW winds 5 kt. Waves less than 1 ft. A chance of tstms. A chance of showers.
Thu..N winds 5 kt. Waves less than 1 ft. A chance of showers in the morning. Winds and waves higher and visibilities lower in and near tstms.
|ANZ500 432 Am Edt Sun Aug 20 2017 |
Synopsis for the tidal potomac and md portion of the chesapeake bay.. Weak high pressure will build overhead today before shifting toward the mid-atlantic coast tonight. High pressure will move offshore Monday and a cold front will approach the waters Tuesday into Tuesday night. The boundary will pass through the waters Wednesday and high pressure will return for late in the week. Small craft advisories will likely be needed Monday night through Wednesday night.
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
|Fxus61 klwx 200750 aaa|
area forecast discussion... Updated
national weather service baltimore md washington dc
350 am edt Sun aug 20 2017
High pressure will build overhead today before moving offshore
tonight through Monday. A cold front will approach the area
Tuesday before passing through Wednesday. High pressure will
build in behind the boundary for Thursday through Saturday.
Near term through tonight
Update to add discussion of thunderstorm possibilities in the
the upper-level disturbance and weak reinforcing cold front that
caused the convection Saturday night has moved away from the
area. High pressure is building in from the north. A light
northerly flow ahead of the high has allowed for drier
conditions. Patchy fog is still possible since the flow is
light... Especially across central virginia early this morning.
Weak high pressure will continue to build overhead through
midday before moving toward the mid-atlantic coast late in the
day. Most areas will have dry conditions along with sunshine and
lower humidity. However... A light return flow will develop late
today over the shenandoah valley and portions of the potomac
highlands. A surface trough will also develop from daytime
heating... And this may be enough to trigger an isolated shower
or thunderstorm toward evening. Most places should be dry though
since moisture will remain somewhat limited and forcing will be
The high will will remain along the mid-atlantic coast tonight
and a return flow will develop for most other areas. Increased
moisture and slight isentropic upglide will result in more
clouds and perhaps even isolated showers and thunderstorms.
Forcing should still be weak so any convection appears that it
would be isolated.
Short term Monday through Tuesday night
High pressure will continue to shift offshore Monday and a
southerly flow will strengthen... Allowing for more humid
conditions to return. The increased humidity will cause an
unstable atmosphere and another surface trough is expected to
develop... Acting as the lifting mechanism for isolated to
scattered thunderstorms. High amounts of instability are
possible with dewpoints likely climbing back into the 70s for
many locations. NAM bufkit is showing around 2000-3000 j kg of
mlcape developing in the afternoon. Other guidance has less
instability and it will depend on how quickly dewpoints
increase. For now... The latest forecast leans toward the nam
thinking that a return southerly flow will transport more
moisture from the warm waters nearby this time of year.
Despite weaker shear profiles and weak mid-level lapse rates and
weak forcing... If this instability is realized then strong to
locally severe storms are possible.
For the eclipse... The isentropic upglide that is likely to
bring more clouds Sunday night should gradually weaken Monday
morning. This will allow for breaks of sunshine during the late
morning through the middle afternoon hours. A pop shower or
thunderstorm cannot be ruled out from daytime heating.
However... The most likely scenario for the strong to perhaps
even locally severe storms along with more cloud cover is that
they would hold off until late in the afternoon into Monday
evening. Will have to keep a close eye on this because when
timing convection this far out confidence is low.
High pressure will remain offshore Monday night. Any convection
that does develop should gradually decrease in coverage later
Monday night. More warm and humid conditions are expected with
A cold front will move from the great lakes toward the ohio
valley Tuesday before eventually moving toward our area Tuesday
night. Shear profiles will increase later Tuesday through
Tuesday night as an upper-level trough digs over the great lakes
toward new england. Warm and humid conditions ahead of the
boundary will continue to a southwest flow ahead of the
approaching cold front. A few showers and thunderstorms are
possible... Especially late Tuesday into Tuesday night across
northern and central portions of the CWA closer to the cold
front. Some storms may be strong to severe given the instability
and strengthening shear profiles.
Long term Wednesday through Saturday
A cold front will move across the region Wednesday before moving
offshore Wednesday night. There is a chance for showers and
thunderstorms ahead of and along the front. Temperatures will be|
seasonably warm with highs in the middle 80s along and east of the
blue ridge, while highs manage to reach the middle to upper 70s west
in the potomac highlands.
A broad area of high pressure will build in from the northwest
behind the front Wednesday night through Thursday night, ushering
in cooler and drier air. Low temperatures Wednesday night will be
about 10 degrees cooler than previous nights. Thursday's high
temperatures may only top the 80 degree mark in most locations,
while we can expect Thursday night's low temperatures to be about
the same as Wednesday night's low temperatures... In the lower to
Although high pressure is expected to keep most of our region dry
and comfortable Friday, we can't rule out a pop-up shower or
thunderstorm over the higher elevations along the appalachian front
during the afternoon or early evening.
High pressure should regain control of the entire region overnight
Friday night and Saturday. Dry conditions and seasonably cool
temperatures should continue across the region.
Aviation 08z Sunday through Thursday
Vfr conditions are most likely through Tuesday... But patchy fog
is possible during the early morning hours each day. Isolated
showers and thunderstorms are possible tonight through Tuesday.
Some storms may produce gusty winds... Mainly during the
afternoon and evening hours each day.
A cold front will approach the terminals Tuesday night. More
showers and thunderstorms are possible. A few storms may be
strong to severe.
Vfr conditions Wednesday through Thursday night. There could be
brief periods of subvfr conditions at any one of the terminals
due to shower and thunderstorm activity ahead of and along the
cold front Wednesday. Winds southwest 5 to 10 knots Wednesday
morning, becoming northwest around 10 knots with gusts 15 to 20
knots Wednesday afternoon through Wednesday night. Winds
becoming north 5 to 10 knots Thursday and Thursday night.
High pressure will build over the waters today before shifting
toward the mid-atlantic coast tonight. The high will move
offshore Monday through Monday night and a cold front will
approach the waters Tuesday through Tuesday night. The boundary
will pass through Wednesday and high pressure will build over
the waters for late next week. A small craft advisory may be
needed for portions of the waters Monday night through Wednesday
Isolated thunderstorms are possible over the waters late
tonight through Monday morning. Scattered thunderstorms are
possible Monday afternoon and evening. Some storms may produce
gusty winds... Especially later Monday into Monday evening. A few
showers and thunderstorms are possible later Tuesday into
Wednesday ahead of a cold front as well... And some of these
storms have the potential to be strong to locally severe.
Tides coastal flooding
Elevated water levels continue early this morning. The flow has
turned offshore and it will remain offshore through midday... But
it will be light. A light onshore flow is expected to develop
late today and tonight.
A southerly flow will strengthen a bit for later Monday through
early Wednesday ahead of a cold front. Minor tidal flooding is
possible for sensitive areas near high tide during the
overnight and morning hours both days.
A stronger offshore flow is expected behind the cold front later
Lwx watches warnings advisories
near term... Bjl
short term... Bjl
long term... Klw
aviation... Bjl klw
marine... Bjl klw
tides coastal flooding... Bjl
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|Stations||Dist||Age||Wind||Air Temp||Water Temp||Waves||Pressure||DewPt|
|NCDV2||6 mi||51 min||Calm G 0||71°F||83°F||1017.2 hPa|
|PPTM2 - 8578240 - Piney Point, MD||24 mi||51 min||NNE 9.9 G 12|
|SLIM2 - 8577330 - Solomons Island, MD||27 mi||51 min||NNW 7 G 8.9||73°F||82°F|
|LWTV2 - 8635750 - Lewisetta, VA||32 mi||51 min||N 8 G 13||78°F||83°F||1017.5 hPa|
|COVM2 - 8577018 - Cove Point LNG Pier, MD||32 mi||51 min||N 12 G 16||76°F||1018.4 hPa|
|44062 - Gooses Reef, MD||36 mi||39 min||NNE 14 G 16||77°F||80°F||1 ft||1018.6 hPa (+2.0)|
|44042 - Potomac, MD||36 mi||39 min||N 7.8 G 7.8||77°F||82°F||1017 hPa (+2.0)|
|BSLM2 - Chesapeake Bay, MD||39 mi||129 min||NW 1||61°F||1017 hPa||61°F|
|WASD2 - 8594900 - Washington, DC||43 mi||51 min||WNW 2.9 G 4.1||72°F||82°F||1017.9 hPa|
|BISM2 - 8571421 - Bishops Head, MD||49 mi||51 min||N 4.1 G 5.1||74°F||83°F||1017.7 hPa|
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|St Marys County Airport, MD||22 mi||62 min||N 0||10.00 mi||Fair||66°F||64°F||94%||1018.6 hPa|
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|Colonial Beach |
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Sun -- 01:56 AM EDT 2.27 feet High Tide
Sun -- 05:03 AM EDT Moonrise
Sun -- 06:27 AM EDT Sunrise
Sun -- 08:24 AM EDT 0.26 feet Low Tide
Sun -- 02:16 PM EDT 1.99 feet High Tide
Sun -- 07:17 PM EDT Moonset
Sun -- 07:54 PM EDT Sunset
Sun -- 08:33 PM EDT 0.13 feet Low Tide
Tide / Current data from XTide NOT FOR NAVIGATION
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|Broomes Island |
Click for MapFlood direction 290° true
Ebb direction 110° true
Sun -- 02:42 AM EDT -0.00 knots Slack
Sun -- 05:01 AM EDT Moonrise
Sun -- 05:55 AM EDT -0.63 knots Max Ebb
Sun -- 06:25 AM EDT Sunrise
Sun -- 09:23 AM EDT 0.00 knots Slack
Sun -- 11:48 AM EDT 0.34 knots Max Flood
Sun -- 02:48 PM EDT -0.00 knots Slack
Sun -- 05:50 PM EDT -0.48 knots Max Ebb
Sun -- 07:15 PM EDT Moonset
Sun -- 07:53 PM EDT Sunset
Sun -- 08:41 PM EDT 0.00 knots Slack
Sun -- 11:55 PM EDT 0.58 knots Max Flood
Tide / Current data from XTide NOT FOR NAVIGATION
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