Monday, September25, 2017

Marine Weather and Tides
Sharp, MD

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Sunrise 6:52AMSunset 6:54PM Monday September 25, 2017 6:10 PM EDT (22:10 UTC) Moonrise 10:59AMMoonset 9:26PM Illumination 27% Phase: Waxing Crescent; Moon at 5 days in cycle
NOTE: Some of the data on this page has not been verified and should be used with that in mind. It may and occasionally will, be wrong. The tide reports are by xtide and are NOT FOR NAVIGATION.
Marine Forecasts
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ANZ541 Choptank River To Cambridge Md And The Little Choptank River- 501 Pm Edt Mon Sep 25 2017
.small craft advisory in effect from Tuesday morning through late Tuesday night... E winds 10 kt. Waves 1 ft.
Tonight..NE winds 10 kt. Waves 1 ft. Patchy fog. Vsby 1 to 3 nm.
Tue..NE winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts to 20 kt. Waves 1 ft. Patchy fog. Vsby 1 to 3 nm.
Tue night..NE winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts to 20 kt. Waves 1 ft.
Wed..NE winds 10 to 15 kt. Waves 1 ft. A chance of showers.
Wed night..N winds 5 to 10 kt. Waves 1 ft.
Thu..N winds 15 to 20 kt...diminishing to 10 kt after midnight. Waves 2 ft.
Fri..NW winds 5 to 10 kt. Waves 1 ft.
ANZ500 501 Pm Edt Mon Sep 25 2017
Synopsis for the tidal potomac and md portion of the chesapeake bay.. A ridge of high pressure will remain over the waters through tonight, then it will weaken overhead Tuesday through Wednesday as hurricane maria drifts north to northeast off the north carolina coast. A cold front will pass through the area Thursday and a reinforcing cold front will pass through late Friday into Friday night. High pressure will likely return for the weekend. Small craft advisories may be needed Tuesday night through Wednesday night and gale force winds are possible Thursday. Refer to the national hurricane center for up-to-date information on hurricane maria.

7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Sharp, MD
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Area Discussion for - Wakefield, VA
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Fxus61 kakq 252050
area forecast discussion
national weather service wakefield va
450 pm edt Mon sep 25 2017

High pressure will prevail across the mid atlantic through
Tuesday. Meanwhile, maria will continue to track north well off
the coast while gradually weakening. Maria lingers off the outer
banks Wednesday, before pushing farther offshore Thursday ahead
of an approaching cold front late in the week.

Near term until 6 am Tuesday morning
High pressure remains anchored over the ERN great lakes and
northeast CONUS this afternoon. Hurricane maria (presently a
category 1) is situated ~300mi sse of CAPE hatteras. There are
varying amounts of cloud cover over the area this afternoon with
mostly sunny conditions north west... And low stratus stratocu
cover immediate coastal locations into SE va NE nc. There's no
pcpn to speak of at the moment as outermost bands from maria
remain off the outer banks. Based on current trends will hold
off on introducing low pops until after 00z across the
southeast. Increased low-level moisture along the immediate
coast this afternoon will quickly spread inland this evening
with overcast conditions becoming prominent most areas
overnight. Lows temps will range from the mid 60s inland to the
low 70s along the immediate coast.

Short term 6 am Tuesday morning through Thursday
Maria continues to push N Tuesday, and perhaps slightly W of
due N as an upper low drops sewd across fl. Increasing moisture
and some outer banded features will result in 20-35% pops along
and E of i-95 Tuesday. QPF will be minimal for most areas. Highs
in the upper 70s to low 80s Tuesday under a mostly cloudy sky.

Becoming breezy along the coast with a NE wind increasing to
15-25 mph, with gusts up to 30-35 mph possible.

Maria reaches about 160mi ese of CAPE hatteras by 00z
Wednesday, around 150mi E of CAPE hatteras by 12z Wednesday, and
then 140-180mi ene of CAPE hatteras by 00z Thursday as some
spread remains in the guidance. NHC has maria weakening to a
tropical storm during this time-frame. The offshore track will
result in minimal rainfall across SE va NE nc (and coastal md to
a lesser degree), generally 0.50" or less. There is still a
potential for modestly strong wind gusts south of CAPE charles
on the coastal waters, and along the immediate coast from orf va
beach to the currituck county beaches (including the currituck
sound). Tropical storm watches for these areas are currently in
effect which may be upgraded to warnings later this afternoon.

High seas and minor or localized moderate coastal flooding will
also occur along the coast. Will have pops of 20-40% east of
i-95 Wed (40-50% coastal NE nc Tue night), with slight chc pops
into the piedmont. Wind gusts could reach 30-45 mph from around
norfolk va beach southward into coastal NE nc. The biggest
impacts will likely be from tidal flooding and beach erosion
along near the coast. Highs Wed from the upr 70s coast to the
low mid 80s inland, after morning lows in the 60s and low 70s.

By 12z thu, maria is shown to move NE to around 200-260 miles
ene of CAPE hatteras, then pushing well offshore by late in the
day. Will carry lingering slight chc pops (~20%) along the
coast for primarily the morning hours. Otherwise, decreasing
clouds through the day. Highs from the upr 70 coast to low mid
80s inland.

Long term Thursday night through Monday
Very quiet weather expected in the extended as a positively tilted
upper trough swings across the great lakes and northeastern us
Friday and Saturday. This trough will serve to escort maria away
from the coast and at the same time push a weak cold front through
the region on Thursday night. This will allow drier and cooler air
to move back into the region. Expect overnight lows in the mid to
upper 50s thurs and Friday night with highs Friday in the mid 70s. A
secondary area of low pressure and a reinforcing cold front will
slide through the area on Saturday as the upper trough pivots off
the coast on Saturday. But moisture will be limited with the front
and the best chance for any showers will be over the delmarva. By
Sunday, a strong area of high pressure is building across new
england and down the eastern seaboard on Sunday and Monday. This
will provide dry and seasonable temperatures with highs in the
low. To mid 70s and overnight lows in the low to mid 50s.

Aviation 21z Monday through Saturday
MVFR to local ifr conditions are prominent along the immediate
coast and portions of SE va NE nc this afternoon. Elsewhere,VFR
conditions prevail with a clear mainly clear sky. MVFR cigs
will gradually push farther inland this evening, reaching kric
around 03z, and potentially falling to ifr overnight at all taf
sites. A NE wind of 10-15kt along the immediate coast this
afternoon tonight will increase to 15-20kt with gusts around 25
kt Tuesday morning.

Outlook: increasing moisture from maria will result in a 20-40%
chc for showers Tuesday Wednesday. Locally stronger wind
speeds gusts are expected at orf ecg Tuesday night Wednesday. A
cold front approaches from the NW Thursday Friday and pushes
maria farther offshore with conditions improving
Thursday Friday.

Given the track of maria and the broadening wind field, am
expecting that some tropical storm force conditions (especially
in gusts) will occur over the coastal waters south of the va nc
border starting as early as early Tuesday evening and continuing
into Wednesday as maria moves east. Still a little more
uncertainty between CAPE charles and the va nc border and as
such have opted to maintain the tropical storm watch in this
area. Regardless, it looks like tropical storm force winds would
be away from the coast. In the lower bay, winds will be
increasing Tuesday night into wed. Given that the track stays
far enough offshore, it does not look like sustained TS winds
will be in the bay, but there could be a few gusts to near 35 kt
for a period late Tuesday night into Wed morning. As such, will
maintain the SCA for this area, as well as areas north of cape
charles. Winds seas will start to improve Wednesday night as
maria rapidly moves east.

Please monitor the NHC forecast for the official forecast
track of hurricane maria.

Tides coastal flooding
Tidal departures currently 0.5 to 1 ft today as northeast to
east winds begin to increase. Expect the departure to slowly
steadily increase as maria moves northward through Wednesday.

Expect departures of 2 to 2.5 ft by Wednesday across the
southern bay and areas south of CAPE henry along the ocean, with
1-1.5 ft departures northern bay into the northern coastal
waters. These values are similar to what we saw last week in
jose. However, the astronomical tide is about 0.6 ft less this
week than last week in jose. This should keep any coastal
flooding confined to minor in the southern bay and areas during
the time of high tide.

As with jose, the main concern may end up being high surf and
potential coastal erosion. Will issue a high surf advisory for
the entire coastal waters starting tomorrow as the swell
associated with maria moves into the region. Am still thinking
that nearshore waves of 8-11 ft are possible starting Tuesday
and continuing into Wednesday.

Akq watches warnings advisories
Md... High surf advisory from 4 am Tuesday to 7 pm edt Wednesday for

Nc... Tropical storm warning for ncz017-102.

Va... High surf advisory from 4 am Tuesday to 7 pm edt Wednesday for

High surf advisory from midnight tonight to 7 pm edt Wednesday
for vaz098-100.

Marine... Small craft advisory until 6 pm edt Wednesday for anz632-634-

Tropical storm warning for anz633-658.

Small craft advisory until 5 pm edt Wednesday for anz650-652-

Tropical storm watch for anz656.

Synopsis... Jdm
near term... Jdm
short term... Ajz jdm
long term... Ajz jdm
aviation... Ajz jdm
marine... Mrd
tides coastal flooding...

Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
CA2 - 8571892 - Cambridge, MD 19 mi40 min 82°F 80°F1016.4 hPa
BISM2 - 8571421 - Bishops Head, MD 28 mi40 min NE 8.9 G 11 82°F 81°F1015.4 hPa
LWSD1 - 8557380 - Lewes, DE 36 mi40 min E 8 G 11 71°F 75°F1016.3 hPa
OCIM2 - 8570283 - Ocean City Inlet, MD 37 mi40 min ENE 6 G 11 69°F 75°F1016.4 hPa
COVM2 - 8577018 - Cove Point LNG Pier, MD 37 mi40 min NNE 9.9 G 12 80°F 1015.6 hPa
44062 - Gooses Reef, MD 37 mi30 min NNE 7.8 G 7.8 81°F 1015.8 hPa
DRSD1 - Delaware Reserve, DE 40 mi100 min ESE 6 81°F 1016 hPa66°F
SLIM2 - 8577330 - Solomons Island, MD 42 mi40 min N 5.1 G 8.9 82°F 78°F1014.6 hPa
BRND1 - 8555889 - Brandywine Shoal Light, DE 44 mi40 min ESE 8.9 G 9.9 76°F 1016.7 hPa
TPLM2 - Thomas Point, MD 45 mi70 min NNE 4.1 G 5.1 81°F 78°F
CPVM2 47 mi40 min 82°F 73°F
44063 - Annapolis 48 mi30 min NE 5.8 G 5.8 83°F 1014.6 hPa
44042 - Potomac, MD 48 mi30 min SSE 9.7 G 12 78°F 1014.4 hPa

Wind History for Cambridge, MD
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Airport Reports
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AirportDistAgeWind ktVisibilitySky/WeatherTempDewPtHumidityPressure
Cambridge-Dorchester Airport, MD16 mi25 minVar 69.00 miFair82°F66°F58%1015.2 hPa
Salisbury, Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico County Regional Airport, MD19 mi16 minE 1110.00 miFair76°F69°F79%1016 hPa
Georgetown - Delaware Coastal Airport, DE22 mi16 minE 610.00 miFair77°F66°F71%1016.1 hPa

Wind History from CGE (wind in knots)
Last 24hrCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmNE34Calm4NE7E7NE7
1 day agoNW4CalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmN6N5N4CalmN54N5NW4N5
2 days agoN8CalmCalmCalmCalmCalmCalmN7CalmN3SW3CalmCalmCalmN55N7NW7NW4NW7NW7NW7NW6NW9

Tide / Current Tables for Sharptown, Nanticoke River, Chesapeake Bay, Maryland
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Mon -- 03:29 AM EDT     0.52 feet Low Tide
Mon -- 06:53 AM EDT     Sunrise
Mon -- 09:18 AM EDT     2.60 feet High Tide
Mon -- 11:58 AM EDT     Moonrise
Mon -- 03:24 PM EDT     0.50 feet Low Tide
Mon -- 06:54 PM EDT     Sunset
Mon -- 09:42 PM EDT     2.92 feet High Tide
Mon -- 10:26 PM EDT     Moonset
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Tide / Current Tables for Salisbury, Maryland (2 miles below) Current
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Mon -- 02:04 AM EDT     0.00 knots Slack
Mon -- 04:36 AM EDT     0.45 knots Max Flood
Mon -- 06:53 AM EDT     Sunrise
Mon -- 07:18 AM EDT     -0.00 knots Slack
Mon -- 10:32 AM EDT     -0.72 knots Max Ebb
Mon -- 11:58 AM EDT     Moonrise
Mon -- 02:05 PM EDT     0.00 knots Slack
Mon -- 04:59 PM EDT     0.54 knots Max Flood
Mon -- 06:54 PM EDT     Sunset
Mon -- 08:03 PM EDT     -0.00 knots Slack
Mon -- 10:26 PM EDT     Moonset
Mon -- 11:17 PM EDT     -0.63 knots Max Ebb
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Wind Forecast for Wakefield, VA (18,4,5,8)
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