Saturday, April29, 2017

Marine Weather and Tides
Grasonville, MD

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Sunrise 6:06AMSunset 7:56PM Saturday April 29, 2017 7:26 AM EDT (11:26 UTC) Moonrise 7:59AMMoonset 10:40PM Illumination 12% Phase: Waxing Crescent; Moon at 3 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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ANZ540 Eastern Bay- 432 Am Edt Sat Apr 29 2017
Rest of the overnight..S winds 10 kt. Waves 1 ft. A slight chance of showers and tstms.
Today..SW winds 10 kt. Waves 1 ft. A chance of showers and tstms.
Tonight..S winds 5 to 10 kt. Waves 1 ft. A chance of showers and tstms.
Sun..SE winds 5 to 10 kt. Waves 1 ft or less.
Sun night..S winds 5 to 10 kt. Waves 1 ft.
Mon..S winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts to 25 kt. Waves 2 ft. A chance of showers and tstms.
Mon night..SW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts to 20 kt. Waves 2 ft. Showers and tstms likely.
Tue..W winds 10 to 15 kt. Waves 1 to 2 ft. A chance of showers in the morning.
Wed..W winds 5 to 10 kt...becoming e. Waves 1 ft. A chance of showers through the night. Winds and waves higher and visibilities lower in and near tstms.
ANZ500 432 Am Edt Sat Apr 29 2017
Synopsis for the tidal potomac and md portion of the chesapeake bay.. A semi-stationary frontal boundary just north of the mason-dixon line will move south this afternoon and remain over the waters through early Sunday...before lifting north as a warm front late Sunday afternoon. A cold front will cross the mid-atlantic Monday night with canadian high pressure then building over the area through Wednesday. A small craft advisory is likely Monday into Tuesday.

7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Grasonville, MD
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Area Discussion for - Philadelphia/Mount Holly, PA
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Fxus61 kphi 291037
area forecast discussion
national weather service mount holly nj
637 am edt Sat apr 29 2017

A cold front is expected to slide south into our region tonight
before stalling over DELMARVA and south jersey. The front is
expected to return north as a warm front late tomorrow. Another cold
front is expected on Monday night as an area of low pressure moves
into the great lakes region. This low will drift northeast through
eastern canada through mid week. Another low pressure system will
lift out of the lower mississippi valley towards the mid atlantic by
late in the week.

Near term /until 6 pm this evening/
This first round of showers and thunderstorms has moved to the
east and offshore as the first short wave has passed to our
east. We should have a break in shower/thunderstorm activity,
before another round of showers and thunderstorms moves into
the area later this morning into the the noon hour as a second
short wave/vorticity impulse moves across the area. This area
should weaken move to our east as the second short wave passes
to the east.

Then yet another round of showers and thunderstorms is possible by
late this afternoon into this evening as a backdoor cold front moves
into the area and another short wave slides across the area as well.

This batch of showers and thunderstorms will have more surface based
instability to tap into and less of a cap. So it could be possible
that an isolated severe thunderstorm could develop late today.

Temperatures today will warm quite significantly and come withing a
couple of degrees for some areas. Ged is the one site that is
actually forecast to reach a record.

Short term /6 pm this evening through 6 am Sunday/
The backdoor cold front will continue to push through the area this
evening and overnight. The round of showers and thunderstorms
mentioned for the late afternoon and evening will slide east and
move offshore during the evening hours as the short
wave/vorticity impulse associated with it moves to our east as

As the front sinks to our south, a northeast-east flow will develop
across the area. There could be some light fog develop overnight,
but we do not expect much if any dense fog at this time as winds
will remain around 5-10 mph through the night and dewpoints are
expected to drop enough behind the front that rh values do not reach
high enough for widespread fog for most places.

With the front near the area, it is possible that some
isolated/scattered showers may develop overnight through daybreak
Sunday north of the frontal boundary.

Long term /Sunday through Friday/
Sunday... There is some question on how far south the front will
reach before stalling. The general trend with the 00z models was
to bring the front further south (possibly entirely south of our
forecast area). Where the front stalls will have implications
for both high temperatures Sunday as well as precip chances. As
mentioned by the previous shift, the GFS appears to be
overestimating the precip north of the front given relatively
dry air in the cool sector. Therefore, focused the pops through
this period on DELMARVA closer to the front. The front is
expected to return north as a warm front either late in the day
tomorrow or tomorrow night.

Monday... With the cold front still over the ohio valley, expect
a mostly sunny and dry day. A brisk south- west flow will
develop, with wind gusts up to around 30 mph in the afternoon.

Temperatures will be well above normal, with highs in the low
80s across the urban corridor. With the cold frontal passage
Monday night, showers and thunderstorms are likely. While the
timing is not ideal for severe weather and instability is
limited, the wind field is strong and precipitable water values
approach 2.0 inches, so gusty winds and heavy downpours are
likely with any thunderstorms, the primary focus being northwest
of the nj turnpike/i-95.

Tuesday and Wednesday... In the wake of the cold front,
temperatures will be about 5 to 10 degrees lower, with highs
generally in the 60s and 70s. Models have trended faster with
the dry air advection behind the front, so I trimmed back on
the pops on Tuesday. It is looking mostly dry both days.

Unsettled weather during the Thursday and Friday time frame. A broad
trough to our west will maintain a southwest flow aloft, along with
moisture of gulf of mexico origins moving up the eastern
seaboard, within an overrunning regime. Heavy rainfall is
certainly possible, with wpc guidance indicating the potential
for 1-2 inches across our region, but there is still inherent
uncertainty given it's day 6-7. Stay tuned.

Aviation /10z Saturday through Wednesday/
The following discussion is for kphl, kpne, kttn, kabe, krdg, kilg,
kmiv, kacy and surrounding areas.

The first round of showers and thunderstorms has moved east of
the area early this morning. Some patchy light fog will occur at
a few sites early this morning. Then another round of showers,
possible thunderstorms, could affect the TAF sites later this
morning. Another round of showers and thunderstorms is more
likely later this afternoon which has a better chance of being
stronger storms with reductions to conditions.

Outside of the showers and thunderstorms,VFR conditions will
prevail through the daytime hours. However, as a backdoor cold front
sinks through the area later this evening and overnight, we expect
lower clouds and light fog to develop. At this time, we only
expect conditions to lower to MVFR, but there is the possibility
that conditions could lower to ifr overnight.

Winds are variable at many locations, but are generally out of the
southeast to south for most places where there is any direction.

Winds will increase out of the southwest this morning, before
becoming west then northwest through the day and into the afternoon
and evening. Winds could gust 15-20 knots for a period this
afternoon as well. Behind the frontal passage, winds will become
northeast this evening and overnight.


Sunday... MostlyVFR conditions expected.

Sunday night... MVFR or ifr conditions are possible with low clouds
and fog.

Monday... MostlyVFR conditions are expected although MVFR conditions
are possible with any showers or thunderstorms.

Monday night... Widespread MVFR or ifr conditions with thunderstorms
likely. An abrupt wind shift to westerly is expected with a cold
front Monday night.

Tuesday and Wednesday... MostlyVFR conditions expected.

Conditions on the coastal waters are expected to remain below small
craft advisory levels through today and tonight. Even though there
are some strong winds above the surface, there is a strong inversion
which will keep those winds fro mixing to the surface. However,
winds could gust around 20 knots and seas could reach 4 feet at
times through the day.

There is a chance of showers and thunderstorms across the waters.

Any thunderstorms will contain frequent lightning and may cause
strong gusty winds.


Sunday... Winds and seas are expected to be below SCA criteria.

Monday and Monday night... Building seas and increasing winds are
expected by Monday morning. Southerly gusts near or above 30 kt
are possible Monday evening.

Tuesday and Wednesday... Winds will shift to southwesterly and
then westerly behind a cold front expected early Tuesday. Gusts
on Tuesday may linger near 25 kt. Elevated seas may linger into
early Wednesday.

Record high temps listed today where it is forecast to be
within 2 degrees of record.

Phl 90-1974
ged 88-1990
ttn 88- 1974 & 1888
**record or number 2 warmest april on record expected**
presuming our forecast temps these last 2 days of april are
accurate, we are assured of a top 2 warmest april on record in
much of our forecast area. Sunday is probably the critical day
for determining record or not.

Below: april projected within the top april average temps, the
normal for april and the period of record (por).

This includes Friday's (28th) high and low temperatures through
4 pm.

Sundays MAX temps may occur at 1 am and the min temps Sunday

Phl normal 54.0 por 1874
59.5 2017 projected warmest ever: still could slip .2 degrees.

59.4 1994
58.5 1921
58.4 2010
57.9 1941
abe normal 49.9 por 1922
56.9 projecting record and almost cant miss a record.

56.4 1941
54.7 1994
acy normal 51.7 por 1874
57.6 projecting record and almost cant miss.

56.3 2010
56.1 2011

Phi watches/warnings/advisories
Pa... None.

Nj... None.

De... None.

Md... None.

Marine... None.

Synopsis... Johnson
near term... Robertson
short term... Robertson
long term... Franck/johnson
aviation... Johnson/robertson
marine... Johnson/robertson
climate... Drag

Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
TPLM2 - Thomas Point, MD 10 mi26 min SSW 12 G 12 66°F 60°F
CPVM2 11 mi38 min 66°F 66°F
44063 - Annapolis 12 mi26 min WSW 12 G 16 70°F 61°F1 ft1015.5 hPa (-1.0)
APAM2 - 8575512 - Annapolis, MD 14 mi38 min 71°F 1015.2 hPa
44043 - Patapsco, MD 20 mi26 min S 5.8 G 7.8 66°F 63°F1 ft1016 hPa (-1.4)
TCBM2 - 8573364 - Tolchester Beach, MD 23 mi38 min SSW 8.9 G 14 70°F 62°F1015.3 hPa
CA2 - 8571892 - Cambridge, MD 23 mi44 min 71°F 65°F
44062 - Gooses Reef, MD 24 mi26 min W 14 G 14 69°F 56°F1 ft1016.5 hPa (-0.9)
BSLM2 - Chesapeake Bay, MD 25 mi116 min SSE 5.1 67°F 1017 hPa64°F
FSNM2 28 mi38 min WSW 8 G 13 73°F 1015.1 hPa
FSKM2 - 8574728 - Francis Scott Key Bridge, MD 28 mi38 min WSW 8.9 G 11 72°F 1015.2 hPa
BLTM2 - 8574680 - Baltimore, MD 32 mi38 min W 4.1 G 6 72°F 65°F1015 hPa
COVM2 - 8577018 - Cove Point LNG Pier, MD 34 mi38 min SW 20 G 24 74°F 1016.7 hPa
SLIM2 - 8577330 - Solomons Island, MD 40 mi38 min SSW 16 G 20 72°F 62°F
WASD2 - 8594900 - Washington, DC 41 mi38 min S 4.1 G 7 71°F 67°F1016 hPa
44057 - Susquehanna, MD 47 mi26 min N 3.9 G 5.8 69°F 62°F1015.3 hPa (-0.6)
BISM2 - 8571421 - Bishops Head, MD 47 mi38 min SSW 12 G 14 70°F 68°F1018.3 hPa

Wind History for Cambridge, MD
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Airport Reports
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AirportDistAgeWind ktVisibilitySky/WeatherTempDewPtHumidityPressure
Bay Bridge Field, MD8 mi46 minS 117.00 miFog/Mist72°F68°F88%1015.2 hPa
Easton / Newman Field, MD11 mi96 minSW 67.00 miOvercast72°F68°F88%1018.3 hPa
Annapolis, United States Naval Academy, MD14 mi92 minS 67.00 miFair72°F71°F97%1015.2 hPa

Wind History from W29 (wind in knots)
Last 24hrW4CalmW3W5NE3S7S6S8S8S8S7SE6SE3SE5SE5SE7S4SE6W3S8S7S4S8SW11
1 day agoSE5SE8SE6NW5CalmS7SE10S11
2 days agoN5NW6--NW4N8N7N5NW4NW3CalmE4S3SE3CalmCalmCalmSE3CalmE3E3E3E4SE3E4

Tide / Current Tables for Claiborne, Eastern Bay, Maryland
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Sat -- 12:33 AM EDT     0.15 feet Low Tide
Sat -- 06:09 AM EDT     Sunrise
Sat -- 07:01 AM EDT     1.97 feet High Tide
Sat -- 08:59 AM EDT     Moonrise
Sat -- 02:25 PM EDT     0.21 feet Low Tide
Sat -- 07:32 PM EDT     1.24 feet High Tide
Sat -- 07:55 PM EDT     Sunset
Sat -- 11:40 PM EDT     Moonset
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Tide / Current Tables for Baltimore Harbor Approach, Maryland Current
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Sat -- 01:35 AM EDT     -0.74 knots Max Ebb
Sat -- 04:17 AM EDT     0.00 knots Slack
Sat -- 06:09 AM EDT     Sunrise
Sat -- 07:56 AM EDT     1.24 knots Max Flood
Sat -- 08:59 AM EDT     Moonrise
Sat -- 11:22 AM EDT     -0.00 knots Slack
Sat -- 02:40 PM EDT     -1.14 knots Max Ebb
Sat -- 06:17 PM EDT     0.00 knots Slack
Sat -- 07:56 PM EDT     Sunset
Sat -- 08:50 PM EDT     0.61 knots Max Flood
Sat -- 11:32 PM EDT     -0.00 knots Slack
Sat -- 11:41 PM EDT     Moonset
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