Monday, March19, 2018

Marine Weather and Tides
Merchantville, NJ

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Sunrise 7:02AMSunset 7:13PM Monday March 19, 2018 6:41 AM EDT (10:41 UTC) Moonrise 7:30AMMoonset 8:32PM Illumination 7% Phase: Waxing Crescent; Moon at 3 days in cycle
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Marine Forecasts
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ANZ430 Delaware Bay Waters North Of East Point Nj To Slaughter Beach De- 619 Am Edt Mon Mar 19 2018
.gale watch in effect from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday afternoon...
Today..SW winds 5 to 10 kt, becoming N later this morning and early afternoon, then becoming E late. Waves 2 ft or less.
Tonight..E winds 5 to 10 kt, becoming ne 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt late. Waves 2 ft or less. A chance of snow after midnight. Rain likely, a chance of snow and sleet late. Vsby 1 to 3 nm after midnight.
Tue..NE winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Waves 3 to 4 ft. Rain until late afternoon, then rain with snow and sleet likely late. Vsby 1 to 3 nm.
Tue night..NE winds 15 to 20 kt, increasing to 20 to 25 kt late. Gusts up to 30 kt. Waves 3 to 4 ft. Snow and sleet likely early in the evening. Rain likely. Vsby 1 to 3 nm.
Wed..NE winds 20 to 25 kt, becoming N 15 to 20 kt in the afternoon. Gusts up to 30 kt. Waves 3 to 4 ft. Rain and sleet likely in the morning. Snow. Vsby 1 nm or less.
Wed night..N winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Waves around 3 ft. Snow likely in the evening with vsby 1 nm or less.
Thu..NW winds 10 to 15 kt. Waves 2 ft or less.
Thu night..NW winds around 10 kt. Waves 2 ft or less.
Fri..NW winds around 10 kt. Waves around 3 ft in the morning, then 2 ft or less.
Fri night..NW winds 5 to 10 kt. Waves 2 ft or less.
ANZ400 619 Am Edt Mon Mar 19 2018
Synopsis for the coastal waters from sandy hook nj to fenwick island de and for delaware bay.. High pressure centered over south-central canada will extend southeastward into the mid-atlantic region through tonight. Low pressure will move eastward and emerge off the mid-atlantic coast Tuesday before shifting northeastward. A secondary low pressure system develops just off the mid-atlantic coast Tuesday night and tracks northeastward Wednesday into Thursday. High pressure builds in later Friday into Saturday, then low pressure tracks nearby Saturday night and Sunday.

7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Merchantville , NJ
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Area Discussion for - Philadelphia/Mount Holly, PA
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Fxus61 kphi 190843
area forecast discussion
national weather service mount holly nj
443 am edt Mon mar 19 2018

High pressure centered over south-central canada will extend
southeastward into the mid-atlantic region through tonight. Low
pressure will move eastward and emerge off the mid-atlantic coast
Tuesday before shifting northeastward. A secondary low pressure
system develops just off the mid-atlantic coast Tuesday night and
tracks northeastward Wednesday into Thursday. High pressure builds
in later Friday into Saturday, then low pressure tracks nearby
Saturday night and Sunday.

Near term until 6 pm this evening
An upper air analysis shows a closed low near northern new england,
a sharp trough in portions of the plains and some ridging in place
from the midwest southeastward. A 250 mb jet was positioned across
southern canada and across new england, with another segment from
the southern plains to off the coast of the carolinas. At the
surface, high pressure is parked over south-central canada with low
pressure in the southern plains. A weak front was draped from the
midwest to the eastern great lakes then into our area.

Through early this morning, quite the variability with temperatures
with some locales hanging onto a light wind which has slowed the
temperature drop thus far. Meanwhile, some areas have radiated quite
well. As a result, the temperatures needed to be reworked.

As we go through today, a weak surface front settles southeastward
and may simply dissipate. This occurs as high pressure centered just
south of hudson bay canada starts to build southeastward during the
day. This will begin to build into our area by the end of the day.

As this occurs, a strong short wave trough ejects eastward from the
plains and should be nearing the ohio valley by evening. There is
some downstream short wave energy moving through a confluence zone
over our region, and this combined with upper-level flow will lead
to some mainly high level clouds (more of this across the southern
zones with time). Given high pressure starting to build down from
the northwest, the low-level winds turn from the northeast today.

This should be fairly light overall and with enough heating
temperatures should warm a decent amount mainly from philadelphia on
southward. Since the flow is turning from the northeast, did not go
as mild as some of the guidance suggests and generally used a model
blend of 2 meter temperatures. The developing onshore flow will also
keep it cooler along the coast.

Short term 6 pm this evening through 6 am Tuesday
A rather complex setup begins to evolve tonight with a strong closed
low sitting near the canadian maritimes, meanwhile plenty of energy
shifts eastward and starts to interact. This will be setting the
stage for significant trough amplification in the east.

The main driver for tonight appears to be an incoming strong short
wave trough from the ohio valley. This combines with high pressure
still sitting just south of hudson bay canada, which gets a cold air
damming setup established. This will probably drive some low-level
drier air southward and be setting up shop especially along and
north of i-78. Meanwhile, increasing large scale lift augmented by
warm air advection and isentropic lift begins to arrive across our
southern zones toward daybreak Tuesday. This should allow for some
rain to develop from south to north, however the northern extent is
less certain although this may take some time to advance farther
north given enough dry air advection in the lower levels. We
therefore slowed down the northward increase in the pops. The
thermal profiles across the southern areas suggest the precipitation
starts as rain, however as the column cools enhanced by some
evaporative cooling suggests some snow and or sleet may occur. The
bulk of the precipitation is expected to be after this time frame,
therefore any snow sleet accumulations down across portions of the
southern areas are anticipated to be minimal.

As for the temperatures, we continued with a model blend of the 2
meter temperatures overall.

Long term Tuesday through Sunday
Complex storm system consisting of multiple coastal lows are
expected to impact the region on Tuesday and Wednesday. The
extent of the impacts are yet to be determined...

forecast models continue to exhibit poor run-to-run continuity
as they struggle to handle the complex interactions between the
train of shortwave troughs ejecting from western north america
(there are at least four distinct disturbances seen on water
vapor satellite imagery that will come into play).

There continues to be disagreement with the idea that the
midweek event will consist of two distinct waves of precip
(round 1 Tuesday-Tuesday night and round 2 Wednesday) with
enough separation distance between the two coastal lows to
allow for a break in the precip late Tuesday afternoon and

Round (1)- Tuesday and Tuesday night...

the latest trends point toward a favorable synoptic pattern for a
big winter snowstorm for our region. However, there are several
factors working against that notion at least for the first part of
the event:
(1) a high Sun angle in late march and marginally cold surface
temperatures (especially i-95, S e) will make it very difficult for
snow to accumulate effectively during the day time unless the rates
are moderate to heavy. Aside from the initial band of overrunning
precip that targets the southern half of the forecast region Tuesday
morning-early afternoon, the consensus from the 00z guidance is for
the precip to be light through Tuesday night.

(2) a key ingredient in this event in the position of the high,
which is forecast to be located over northern ontario and a bit
farther northwest than what is ideal for an all snow event,
especially along and S E of i-95. Consequentially, warm air aloft
wrapping cyclonically around the system should advance into the S e
portion of the region. This would imply mainly rain in SE pa, c S de
and E md (along and south of the delaware bay) through at least
Tuesday evening with a mix of rain sleet snow nosing close to
philadelphia (especially its S E suburbs).

(3) while areas farther N W of the city favor snow Tuesday and
Tuesday evening, precip amounts quickly taper off as there should be
a sharp cutoff on the northern edge of the precip shield.

Accordingly, snowfall accumulations are around an inch or less for
Tuesday; same for Tuesday night. The exception is the higher
elevations (above 400 ft) in SE pa and cecil county, md where 1-2"
of snowfall is possible each period. A winter weather advisory
may be needed for these areas.

Round (2)- Wednesday...

this is the period of greatest concern for a potentially significant
snowfall is Wednesday. This is also the period of greatest
uncertainty. The 00z ECMWF and UKMET have shifted considerably
toward a high-impact event with warning-level snowfall accumulations
and windy conditions as the second coastal low takes a track closer
to the coast. The NAM and ggem showed a similar snowy scenario but
the latest 00z runs have backed off from that idea. The GFS is
somewhere in between but generally shows a minor event. There
continues to be a large spread among the gfs, ECMWF and gem ensemble
prediction systems. All this equates to is a high degree of
uncertainty. We've seen models trend northwest closer to the event
with several significant snows in recent years, so it's a bit
premature to rule out this scenario. Given the uncertainty, the
probabilistic snowfall graphics (available on our winter webpage)
provide much more value than any deterministic forecast. If the high-
end snowfall scenario were to verify, extensive tree damage and
power outages could occur once again.

A winter storm watch may eventually be needed.

High pressure builds in behind the storm later Thursday into Friday.

Cold (5-10 degrees below normal) and dry conditions would be
expected in this pattern.

Yet another storm system could impact the region next weekend.

There has not yet been a signal for coastal redevelopment with
this system, so the rain snow line would be determined by the
track of the primary low.

Aviation 09z Monday through Friday
The following discussion is for kphl, kpne, kttn, kabe, krdg,
kilg, kmiv, kacy and surrounding areas.

Today...VFR with clouds mainly above 15,000 feet. Light variable to
light southwest winds, becoming northwest to north early this
morning, then northeasterly 5-10 knots.

Tonight...VFR as clouds increase and gradually lower, especially
near and south east of phl. East to northeast winds less than 10


Tuesday... Widespread MVFR ifr conditions likely from kphl kpne
southward. There is high uncertainty as you go farther north
toward abe regarding if snow will make it that far north with a
sharp cutoff in precip expected. For miv and acy, a considerable
amount of mixing of rain, snow and perhaps sleet is likely
while snow is favored farther northward toward phl. NE winds
10-20 kt with gusts 25-35 kt (higher end of range near the
coast). Moderate confidence.

Tuesday night through Wednesday night... Additional precip is
possible, mainly snow (except along the coast). Confidence in
precip occurring is high along the coast, but decreases farther
inland. MVFR or ifr conditions would be possible if snow
reaches the terminals. Gusty n-ne winds expected, especially
near the coast.

Thursday...VFR. NW winds gradually relax. High confidence.

Friday...VFR. NW winds. Moderate confidence.

The conditions are expected to be below small craft advisory
criteria today through the first half of tonight, then the southern
waters will see an increase in winds and seas late tonight (nearing
gale force gusts toward daybreak Tuesday). Otherwise, high pressure
extending southeastward from south-central canada through tonight
will turn the winds from southerly to north and northeast today and
continue tonight.


Tuesday through Wednesday... The gale watch for the coastal
waters (except anz450) was upgraded to a gale warning. There is
a potential for gusts to peak near storm force off the S nj and
de coastal waters briefly during the day on Tuesday and again on
Wednesday. Capped gusts to 45 kt for now. The gale watch remains
in effect for the northernmost nj ocean waters with the onset of
gales delayed until Tuesday night. A gale watch was also issued
for the delaware bay from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday
morning though there is greater uncertainty in winds reaching
gale force in the delaware bay than the coastal waters. Wave
heights in our southern coastal waters are forecast to build to
10-13 ft and to 6 to 10 ft for northern coastal ocean waters
late Tuesday into Wednesday. These wave heights were adjusted
several feet above wavewatch guidance given the model's low bias
in strong NE flow.

Wednesday night and Thursday... SCA conditions likely.

Friday... Sub-sca conditions expected.

Tides coastal flooding
An extended period of strong northeasterly winds are expected
to occur from late tonight through Wednesday with two coastal
storms tracking south and east of the region. Positive tidal
anomalies will increase with each successive high tide as water
piles up along the coast. The threat for coastal flooding looks
to develop as early as the Tuesday evening high tide along the
nj- de coast and continue through the Wednesday night high tide.

The degree of coastal flooding will depend on the track and
strength of both coastal lows, which is still uncertain
especially with with the second one Tuesday night into
Wednesday. Etss, estofs and other tidal prediction guidance from
stevens flood advisory system indicate minor to possibly low-
end moderate coastal flooding is most likely.

Phi watches warnings advisories
Pa... None.

Nj... None.

De... None.

Md... None.

Marine... Gale warning from 6 am Tuesday to 6 pm edt Wednesday for

Gale watch from Tuesday evening through Wednesday afternoon
for anz450.

Gale warning from noon Tuesday to 6 pm edt Wednesday for

Gale watch from Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday afternoon
for anz430-431.

Synopsis... Gorse
near term... Gorse
short term... Gorse
long term... Klein
aviation... Gorse klein
marine... Gorse klein
tides coastal flooding...

Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
BDSP1 0 mi42 min 38°F 47°F1011.6 hPa (-0.4)
PHBP1 - 8545240 - Philadelphia, PA 5 mi42 min 37°F 40°F1011.2 hPa (-0.7)
BDRN4 - 8539094 - Burlington, Delaware River, NJ 13 mi66 min Calm G 1 35°F 41°F1011.2 hPa
NBLP1 - 8548989 - Newbold, PA 20 mi42 min Calm G 1 31°F 41°F1012.3 hPa (-0.0)
MRCP1 - 8540433 - Marcus Hook, PA 21 mi42 min 38°F 42°F1011.6 hPa (-0.4)
DELD1 - 8551762 - Delaware City, DE 39 mi42 min W 1.9 G 5.1 37°F 39°F1012.1 hPa (-0.4)
RDYD1 - 8551910 - Reedy Point, DE 39 mi42 min 37°F 41°F1011.7 hPa (-0.4)
JCRN4 - Jacques Cousteau Reserve, NJ 45 mi72 min SW 6 34°F 1011 hPa29°F

Wind History for Philadelphia, PA
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Airport Reports
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AirportDistAgeWind ktVisibilitySky/WeatherTempDewPtHumidityPressure
Philadelphia, Northeast Philadelphia Airport, PA8 mi48 minN 010.00 miFair31°F21°F69%1012.2 hPa
Philadelphia, Philadelphia International Airport, PA11 mi48 minWSW 610.00 miPartly Cloudy34°F25°F70%1012 hPa
Mount Holly, South Jersey Regional Airport, NJ13 mi48 minN 010.00 miFair32°F24°F73%1011.7 hPa
Philadelphia - Wings Field Airport, PA15 mi47 minN 010.00 miFair30°F21°F69%1012.2 hPa
Doylestown, Doylestown Airport, PA24 mi48 minN 010.00 miFair27°F0°F%1012 hPa

Wind History from PNE (wind in knots)
Last 24hrN7N10N13
1 day agoW6W10W10NW9W12W17W17
2 days agoW12W11NW14

Tide / Current Tables for Bridesburg, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Mon -- 04:03 AM EDT     6.70 feet High Tide
Mon -- 07:05 AM EDT     Sunrise
Mon -- 08:30 AM EDT     Moonrise
Mon -- 11:18 AM EDT     0.12 feet Low Tide
Mon -- 04:22 PM EDT     6.63 feet High Tide
Mon -- 07:11 PM EDT     Sunset
Mon -- 09:32 PM EDT     Moonset
Mon -- 11:37 PM EDT     0.31 feet Low Tide
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Tide / Current Tables for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Current
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Mon -- 01:09 AM EDT     1.75 knots Max Flood
Mon -- 04:33 AM EDT     -0.00 knots Slack
Mon -- 07:05 AM EDT     Sunrise
Mon -- 08:15 AM EDT     -1.92 knots Max Ebb
Mon -- 08:30 AM EDT     Moonrise
Mon -- 11:42 AM EDT     0.00 knots Slack
Mon -- 01:32 PM EDT     1.88 knots Max Flood
Mon -- 04:50 PM EDT     -0.00 knots Slack
Mon -- 07:11 PM EDT     Sunset
Mon -- 08:19 PM EDT     -1.95 knots Max Ebb
Mon -- 09:32 PM EDT     Moonset
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