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|Sunrise 6:08AM||Sunset 7:54PM||Thursday April 27, 2017 2:35 PM EDT (18:35 UTC)||Moonrise 6:19AM||Moonset 8:24PM||Illumination 3%|
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|ANZ533 Chesapeake Bay From North Beach To Drum Point- 132 Pm Edt Thu Apr 27 2017 |
.small craft advisory in effect through late tonight...
This afternoon..S winds 15 kt with gusts to 20 kt. Waves 2 to 3 ft.
Tonight..S winds 10 to 15 kt. Gusts up to 20 kt. Waves 2 to 3 ft. A chance of showers. Patchy fog. Vsby 1 to 3 nm.
Fri..N winds 5 to 10 kt...becoming se late. Waves 1 ft.
Fri night..S winds 5 to 10 kt. Waves 1 ft.
Sat..SW winds 5 to 10 kt. Waves 1 ft.
Sat night..SW winds 5 to 10 kt. Waves 1 ft. A chance of showers.
Sun..S winds 5 to 10 kt. Waves 1 ft. A chance of showers in the morning.
Mon..SW winds 10 to 15 kt. Waves 2 ft...building to 3 ft. Showers and tstms likely through the night. Winds and waves higher and visibilities lower in and near tstms.
|ANZ500 132 Pm Edt Thu Apr 27 2017 |
Synopsis for the tidal potomac and md portion of the chesapeake bay.. A weak cold front will cross the waters tonight. A backdoor cold front will move south across the chesapeake bay region Sunday morning. A stronger cold front will cross the region from the west Monday night. A small craft advisory is possible Monday into Tuesday.
7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Madison, MDHourly EDIT Help
Area Discussion for - Wakefield, VA  (on/off)  Help NOTE: mouseover dotted underlined text for definition
|Fxus61 kakq 271830|
area forecast discussion
national weather service wakefield va
230 pm edt Thu apr 27 2017
A cold front approaches the mid atlantic region today, stalling
near the mountains tonight. High pressure prevails off the
southeast coast the rest of Friday through the weekend. The next
cold front pushes across the region early next week.
Near term /until 6 pm this evening/
Update... Based on webcams and observation trends, any fog on the
md lower eastern shore has lifted into low stratus and will
continue to lift and scour out over the next hour or so as
south winds increase. Meanwhile, stratocumulus is moving
offshore as of 900 am with high cirrus pushing in from the west.
Additional mid to high level clouds expected to push into the
eastern piedmont this afternoon as a cold front approaches the
ohio valley. This may hamper full warming potential in these
areas and adjusted high temps down a degree or two as a result.
Also adjusted atlantic beaches down 5-10 degrees for highs with
temps starting out in the upper 50s this morning and an onshore
wind component over colder waters. Otherwise, today will be warm
with fair weather cumulus development by this afternoon.
latest GOES water vapor imagery depicts a broad/anomalous upper
trough encompassing much of the western/central conus, with an
upper level ridge over the east. At the surface, weak area of
low pressure is located offshore the northeast coast with high
pressure well offshore extending westward over the southeast. A
cold front associated with the upper trough is located along the
mississippi river valley. A dense fog advisory remains in
effect for the lower maryland eastern shore, with an area of
dense fog visible in the obs and on satellite. Otherwise, only
some patchy fog inland as light southerly flow and relatively
dry low levels have kept widespread fog at bay.
Fog expected to erode/lift shortly after daybreak in response to
quickly warming temperatures. The upper level ridge axis slides
offshore late morning as the central us trough de-amplifies and
lifts over the ohio valley and into the great lakes region. An
associated cold front will reach the central appalachians late
today. Increasing return flow ahead of the front (southwest
gusts of 20-25 mph) and 850mb temperatures around +14 to +16c
(+1 standard deviation) results in a warm day, with temperatures
generally 10+ degrees warmer than yesterday. Highs generally in
the mid 80's. Cooler along the coast. Increasing mid to upper
level clouds late today may keep some of the far western
piedmont in the low to mid 80's. Otherwise, outside of some high
clouds spreading over the region today from a decaying line of
showers, a mostly sunny sky is expected.
Short term /6 pm this evening through Saturday/
Showers and thunderstorms progged to develop along the cold
front this afternoon from the ohio valley to the southeast. Hi-
res guidance pushes a weakened version of the convective line
into the piedmont early this evening as the upper level forcing
becomes displaced from the deepest gulf moisture. Short term
guidance indicating better moisture return compared to 24 hours
ago thanks to a developing 30-40 kt low level jet. Good moisture
flux advects anomalous precipitable water values into the
region ahead of the line/pre-frontal surface trough. Thermal
soundings indicate elevated instability as height falls and cold
air advection aloft steepen mid level lapse rates. Showalters
range from -1 to -2. Deep layer shear progged around 30-40 knots
due to increasing winds aloft. However, given the lack of
overall forcing and the convective line outracing the front,
have kept pops in the chance category tonight. Main threat from
thunderstorms will be locally heavy rainfall. Mild tonight, with
lows generally in the mid to upper 60's.
Weak surface trough/convergence boundary stalls near the coast
Friday morning as the deepest moisture pushes offshore. Even
though the best moisture pushes offshore, enough moisture and
instability near the coast will keep mention of isolated to
scattered showers and thunderstorms in the forecast through
early-mid afternoon. Meanwhile, the subtropical ridge amplifies
off the southeast coast Friday. Early morning clouds and
convection will temper temperatures from reaching their full
potential Friday afternoon. Highs similar to today, generally in
the mid (possibly upper) 80's. Cooler near the coast.
Heights continue to build into Sunday as 850mb temps warm to +16
to +18c (+2 standard deviations). The result will be the warmest
day of the season with widespread readings in the low 90's.
Dewpoints in the 60's will push heat index values into the mid
90's inland. A backdoor front progged to drop into the northern
mid-atlantic region late Saturday, but models indicate large
spatial and timing differences. While the models indicate a
great deal of instability, soundings indicate a cap just above
850mb. Moisture is also limited with precipitable water values
at or below 1.25 inches. Will maintain slight chance pops across
the north near the dropping front, but believe sea-breeze
boundaries will struggle to overcome the lack of moisture and
warm temperatures aloft.|
Long term /Saturday night through Wednesday/
Temperatures are expected to remain well above normal through
sun as an upper level ridge remains anchored just off the east
coast. A backdoor cold front could affect NRN portions of the
area Sat night thru Sun morning with a slgt chc of showers, then
a slowly approaching cold front from the west could produce
isolated or widely sctd showers or tstms Sun aftn into sun
evening, especially WRN half of the region. Lows Sat night in
the mid 60s to near 70. Highs on Sun in the upper 70s to mid
That cold front will push thru the mts by late mon, then cross
the area and move off the coast Mon night into Tue morning. Have
high chc to likely pops for showers/tstms during this period.
Highs on Mon in the upper 70s to mid 80s. Lows Mon night mainly
in the upper 50s to mid 60s. Weak high pressure will provide dry
wx for later Tue morning thru at least most of wed, as it
slides from the gulf coast states to off the SE coast. Highs on
tue in the 70s, and mainly in the mid to upper 70s on wed.
Aviation /18z Thursday through Tuesday/
Vfr conditions expected through the evening hours with scattered
afternoon CU inland around 4-6kft agl. Weakening line of
convection expected to push across the region this evening
through late tonight. Lower ceilings/visibilities will be tied
to convection, then some lingering MVFR to locally ifr
conditions possible through 15z fri.
Outlook... Mainly dry weather expected over the weekend. Next
frontal boundary expected late Monday into Tuesday with
possibility of shwrs and tstms.
A cold front approaches the waters today resulting in an
increase of south and southwest winds through tonight. Deep low
pressure over the upper great lakes will move north into canada
which will relax the pressure gradient by Friday.
Southeast to south winds were generally 10 knots or less early
this morning. Seas subsided overnight but remain 4 to 5 ft north
of parramore island. While there may be lull in 5 foot seas late
this morning... They are expected to build once again late today
and into tonight as winds increase.
Replaced SCA for hazardous seas with a sca. This is to avoid
confusion with winds increasing today. The SCA was also expanded
to anz654 (parramore island to CAPE charles) where sca
conditions are expected to develop by this afternoon. There is
indication the SCA may be needed for the rest of the coastal
zones for a short period this evening but will let the day shift
assess the need. Elsewhere conditions are expected to stay below
sca. Although winds over land are expected to gust over 20 knots
today... The cool water will inhibit mixing over the marine area.
The cold front that approaches the waters today will dissipate
over the area Friday morning. A disorganized pressure pattern
will produce light winds over the waters Friday. Seas are
forecast to subside to below 5 feet by midday Friday. Benign
conditions are indicated for the marine area through the
weekend. Another deep low pressure system will move through the
upper midwest early next week. This along with an approaching
cold front will increase the pressure gradient locally and
another SCA may be needed starting Monday.
There is gradual improvement in water levels that have been
elevated by a new moon and long period swells. Some locations
will continue to have high tides get within a few tenths of a
foot of minor flood. At this time... The high tide cycle early
Friday morning at bishops head maryland touches minor flood.
It appears likely that richmond and norfolk will end the month
with the warmest april on record. Warm temperatures during most
of the month combined with an unseasonably warm period to end
april are expected to push the average temperature above that
which occurred in 1994. At richmond, the previous record was
63.2 and at norfolk it was 64.7. Both were set in 1994. This
month's temperatures could be around a degree above those
Marine... Small craft advisory until 1 pm edt Friday for anz650-652-654.
near term... Bmd/sam
short term... Sam
long term... Tmg
tides/coastal flooding... Akq
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|Stations||Dist||Age||Wind||Air Temp||Water Temp||Waves||Pressure||DewPt|
|CA2 - 8571892 - Cambridge, MD||10 mi||54 min||79°F||63°F|
|44062 - Gooses Reef, MD||11 mi||36 min||SSE 9.7 G 9.7||66°F||56°F||1 ft||1010.3 hPa (-2.0)|
|COVM2 - 8577018 - Cove Point LNG Pier, MD||11 mi||48 min||S 8 G 15||64°F||1010.5 hPa|
|SLIM2 - 8577330 - Solomons Island, MD||17 mi||48 min||ESE 9.9 G 13||69°F||60°F|
|BISM2 - 8571421 - Bishops Head, MD||21 mi||48 min||SSE 12 G 13||65°F||66°F||1011 hPa|
|PPTM2 - 8578240 - Piney Point, MD||30 mi||48 min||S 8 G 8.9|
|TPLM2 - Thomas Point, MD||30 mi||36 min||SE 4.1 G 6||68°F||58°F|
|44042 - Potomac, MD||32 mi||36 min||SSE 12 G 14||66°F||61°F||1 ft||1008.9 hPa (-2.0)|
|BSLM2 - Chesapeake Bay, MD||33 mi||126 min||SE 6||71°F||1010 hPa||61°F|
|44063 - Annapolis||35 mi||36 min||Calm G 1.9||67°F||62°F||1009.8 hPa (-1.9)|
|CPVM2||36 mi||48 min||69°F||64°F|
|LWTV2 - 8635750 - Lewisetta, VA||37 mi||48 min||S 8.9 G 12||78°F||65°F||1009.3 hPa|
|APAM2 - 8575512 - Annapolis, MD||37 mi||48 min||69°F||1009.5 hPa|
|NCDV2||45 mi||48 min||SW 9.9 G 14||80°F||67°F||1008.5 hPa|
|44043 - Patapsco, MD||47 mi||36 min||SE 3.9 G 3.9||66°F||64°F||1010.5 hPa (-1.8)|
Wind History for Cambridge, MD(wind in knots) EDIT (on/off)  Help
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|Cambridge-Dorchester Airport, MD||11 mi||56 min||SSE 9||10.00 mi||Fair||77°F||66°F||69%||1010.5 hPa|
|Patuxent River, Naval Air Station, MD||17 mi||44 min||SE 9||10.00 mi||Mostly Cloudy||73°F||66°F||79%||1009.6 hPa|
|St Marys County Airport, MD||21 mi||55 min||S 5||10.00 mi||Partly Cloudy||81°F||62°F||54%||1010.2 hPa|
|Easton / Newman Field, MD||23 mi||45 min||S 6||10.00 mi||A Few Clouds||81°F||64°F||58%||1011.5 hPa|
Wind History from CGE (wind in knots)
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Thu -- 04:34 AM EDT 2.47 feet High Tide
Thu -- 06:12 AM EDT Sunrise
Thu -- 07:19 AM EDT Moonrise
Thu -- 12:06 PM EDT 0.22 feet Low Tide
Thu -- 05:01 PM EDT 1.62 feet High Tide
Thu -- 07:52 PM EDT Sunset
Thu -- 09:23 PM EDT Moonset
Thu -- 11:17 PM EDT 0.17 feet Low Tide
Tide / Current data from XTide NOT FOR NAVIGATION
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|Cove Point (1.1 mi. NE of) |
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Thu -- 12:26 AM EDT 0.00 knots Slack
Thu -- 03:46 AM EDT 0.88 knots Max Flood
Thu -- 06:13 AM EDT Sunrise
Thu -- 07:17 AM EDT -0.00 knots Slack
Thu -- 07:20 AM EDT Moonrise
Thu -- 10:44 AM EDT -0.79 knots Max Ebb
Thu -- 02:02 PM EDT 0.00 knots Slack
Thu -- 04:27 PM EDT 0.47 knots Max Flood
Thu -- 07:16 PM EDT -0.00 knots Slack
Thu -- 07:53 PM EDT Sunset
Thu -- 09:24 PM EDT Moonset
Thu -- 10:29 PM EDT -0.52 knots Max Ebb
Tide / Current data from XTide NOT FOR NAVIGATION
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