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Sunrise 7:16AMSunset 4:54PM Monday December 16, 2019 9:17 AM EST (14:17 UTC) Moonrise 9:41PMMoonset 11:05AM Illumination 77% Phase: Waning Gibbous; Moon at 20 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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ANZ636 York River- 656 Am Est Mon Dec 16 2019
Today..E winds 5 to 10 kt, becoming sw early this afternoon, then becoming nw late. Waves 1 foot.
Tonight..NE winds 5 kt, becoming S after midnight. Waves 1 foot. A chance of rain after midnight.
Tue..SW winds 10 to 15 kt, becoming W late. Waves 1 to 2 ft. Rain.
Tue night..NW winds 15 to 20 kt. Waves around 2 ft. A chance of rain in the evening.
Wed..W winds 10 to 15 kt. Waves 1 to 2 ft.
Wed night..NW winds 10 to 15 kt, increasing to 15 to 20 kt in the late evening and overnight. Waves 2 to 3 ft.
Thu..NW winds 10 to 15 kt. Waves 1 to 2 ft.
Thu night..NW winds 5 to 10 kt. Waves 1 foot.
Fri..N winds 5 kt, becoming e. Waves 1 foot.
Fri night..SE winds 5 kt. Waves 1 foot.
ANZ600 656 Am Est Mon Dec 16 2019
Synopsis for fenwick island de to currituck beach light nc out 20 nautical miles including virginia portion of the chesapeake bay currituck sound and portions of the james, york, and rappahannock rivers.. A backdoor front will remain over the area today into this evening. A stronger low pressure system will cross the waters later Tuesday, and will drag a cold front across the region area late Tuesday into early Wednesday. Another cold front crosses the coast Wednesday night into early Thursday.


7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Montrose, VA
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Area Discussion for - Wakefield, VA
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FXUS61 KAKQ 161134 AFDAKQ

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION National Weather Service Wakefield VA 634 AM EST Mon Dec 16 2019

SYNOPSIS. A slow moving front will become nearly stationary across the area today. A low pressure system crossing the mid Atlantic region Tuesday will drag a cold front across the area late Tuesday into early Wednesday. High pressure returns for the end of the week.

NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 PM THIS EVENING/. As of 330 AM EST Monday..

Early this morning, a weak area of high pressure is settled NE of the area while a nearly stationary boundary is draped near the VA/NC border. Some returns on radar have been noted just to the north of the area this morning, but it appears much of this is not making it to the ground at this time. Do however expect precipitation chances to increase across these areas over the next couple of hours. Temperatures this morning generally range from the upper 30s to lower 40s (some mid 30s SW where clearing occurred.)

Still looking at a tricky temperature forecast today that will be highly dependent on where the stationary front decides to set up shop. For now, sided closest to the NAM which tends to handle this kind of situation the best along with a blend of some high-res model guidance. This forecast has the front largely staying south of the Richmond metro today, positioned from around central Lunenburg county to south of Petersburg to around Norfolk. North of the boundary temperatures will only make it up into the lower to mid 40s (perhaps struggling to make it out of the upper 30s across the far NW until late) while south of the boundary, highs will be in the upper 50s to upper 60s. There will likely exist a pretty substantial temperature gradient from N to S right across the Richmond metro area.

Precipitation-wise, it still appears that the bulk of today's precip chances will stay confined to the northern third of the forecast area. Low precip chances for the remaining forecast area (roughly RIC south). Precipitation may start out as a mixture of rain/snow, across the far NW (northern Louisa/Caroline counties) and northern portions of the MD Eastern Shore. QPF amounts are expected to remain light and surface temps a few degrees above freezing, thus am not expecting accumulation/significant impacts from this. Any wintry precip should come to an end across these areas shortly after sunrise.

SHORT TERM /6 PM THIS EVENING THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT/. As of 330 AM EST Monday .

Tonight, the front will begin to makes its slow progression back to the north as a warm front as low pressure tracks from the TN valley to the Mid-Atlantic. Temperatures should remain fairly steady and then rise as the front tracks NW. Early lows will range from the upper 30s NW to the mid 50s S. Rain chances increase area-wide through the night into the morning hours ahead of the associated cold front that will cross western portions of the area Tuesday afternoon and exit offshore Tuesday night. The previously mentioned warm front should make it north of most of the forecast area by Tuesday afternoon (a little less certainty across the far NW). With the front north of the region, the area will be in the warm sector with highs climbing into the low to upper 60s (70 across the far S). For the far N/NW, have highs making it up into the mid to upper 50s. Finally, there will be a touch of instability across the far SE by Tuesday afternoon/evening, thus would be not be shocked if we get a rumble or thunder or two with the cold frontal passage, but not high enough confidence to include in the forecast at this time.

Conditions improve quickly Tuesday night after the cold frontal passage and high pressure building back into the region through Wednesday. Modest CAA and clearing skies should drop temps to the 20s NW to the low/mid 30s SE. High pressure remains in control during the day Wednesday, allowing for dry conditions/sunny skies but chilly temperatures. Did not stray too far from the NBM with the Wednesday high temperature forecast and have highs in the mid to upper 40s. Cold Wednesday night with high pressure over the region, lows will generally be in the 20s area-wide, potentially upper teens across the NW.

LONG TERM /THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY/. As of 230 PM EST Sunday .

High pressure remains in control Wednesday through Friday. This will result in dry weather and slightly below normal temps during this period. Low temps Thursday and Friday in the low 20s, near 30 at the coast, and high temps in the 30s/40s. Overnight model runs had a coastal developing over the SE and riding up the Atlantic coast next weekend. 12Z runs of the GFS and ECMWF today have a low developing over the eastern gulf and then slowly drifting off the SE coast over the weekend, while the CMC still tracks the low up the Atlantic coast. With the high uncertainty this far out, just went with low chance pops for next weekend.

AVIATION /12Z MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY/. As of 630 AM EST Monday .

VFR conditions at all sites to start the 12z TAF period. The main focus today will be a stationary boundary that sets up across the center of the area. North of this boundary (SBY), MVFR (to potentially IFR later this evening/tonight) conditions are expected, mainly after 15z. Along the boundary (RIC), MVFR conditions are possible in the form of lower ceilings, mainly after the 14-15z timeframe and persisting into the afternoon. Any subtle changes in the position of the boundary could result in either more or less sub-VFR conditions, thus somewhat lower confidence in the forecast at RIC. In addition, mainly along and north of the boundary, rain showers (potentially some sleet or snow mixing in at SBY initially) will be possible. Elsewhere, (ORF/PHF/ECG) mainly VFR conditions through the TAF period, though some lower ceilings may try to build in tonight (especially PHF).

OUTLOOK . Tuesday has the potential for degraded flight conditions due to low clouds and rain across all airports ahead of a cold front which passes through the region Tuesday evening. High pressure builds Wednesday with VFR conditions returning.

MARINE. As of 330 AM EST Monday .

A backdoor cold front dropped swd along the Mid-Atlantic coast and has settled near the VA/NC border early this morning. The wind is NE 10-15kt N of the boundary, with seas generally 2-3ft, with up to 3-4ft offshore N of Chincoteague, and ~2ft waves in the Bay (although some areas of 2-3ft are possible early this morning). The boundary gradually lifts nwd this morning into early aftn, with the wind becoming E, the SE, and even S from the lower Bay swd with speeds aob 10kt. The boundary sharpens and creeps back swd late this aftn and evening, with the wind becoming NNE for the middle Bay and NE off the MD coast while remaining S to the south of the front, again with speeds aob 10kt. The boundary retreat back nwd late this evening through the overnight hours, with the wind becoming SE the S and increasing to 10-15kt. The boundary is forecast to lift N of the region Tuesday morning into early aftn as a strong cold front approaches from the NW, with the wind becoming SW 15-20kt, with 3- 4ft seas, and 2-3ft waves in the Bay. There is a potential for pre- frontal SCAs, but it is still early to issue any flags as there is some uncertainty with respect to the onset and extent.

The cold front is expected to cross the coast late Tuesday aftn and evening, with a period of strong CAA occurring by Tuesday night with a NNW wind increasing to 20-25kt with gusts up to 30kt. There is a potential for gusts to 35-40kt with 3-5mb/3hr pressure rises with the initial surge, but the current thinking is that the duration for stronger gusts will be less than 3hrs and more on the order of an SMW rather than a gale watch/warning. A secondary cold front and another round of CAA are expected by Wednesday night a NNW wind again increasing to 20-25kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Seas are expected to build to 4-6ft Tuesday night and again Wednesday night, with 3-4ft waves in the Bay. SCA conditions are likely to prevail Tuesday night through early Thursday, with perhaps a lull during the day Wednesday. High pressure returns Thursday aftn into Friday.

AKQ WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES. MD . None. NC . None. VA . None. MARINE . None.

SYNOPSIS . AJB NEAR TERM . AJB SHORT TERM . AJB LONG TERM . CMF AVIATION . AJB MARINE . AJZ


Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
YRSV2 - Chesapeake Bay,VA 38 mi47 min E 1 41°F 1025 hPa34°F
YKTV2 - 8637689 - Yorktown, VA 54 mi47 min ESE 8 G 9.9 46°F 48°F1023.8 hPa

Wind History for Yorktown USCG Training Center, VA
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Airport Reports
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AirportDistAgeWind ktVisibilitySky/WeatherTempDewPtHumidityPressure
Richmond, Richmond International Airport, VA6 mi23 minVar 310.00 miOvercast42°F30°F65%1024.7 hPa
Chesterfield County Airport, VA10 mi21 minENE 310.00 miOvercast41°F30°F67%1025 hPa
Ashland, Hanover County Municipal Airport, VA12 mi23 minENE 36.00 miLight Rain Fog/Mist38°F34°F86%1024.5 hPa
Petersburg, Dinwiddie County Airport, VA24 mi22 minN 010.00 miOvercast42°F33°F73%1024 hPa

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Tide / Current Tables for Richmond (river locks), James River, Virginia
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Richmond (river locks)
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Mon -- 02:29 AM EST     -0.18 feet Low Tide
Mon -- 07:12 AM EST     2.95 feet High Tide
Mon -- 07:17 AM EST     Sunrise
Mon -- 11:04 AM EST     Moonset
Mon -- 02:28 PM EST     -0.10 feet Low Tide
Mon -- 04:52 PM EST     Sunset
Mon -- 07:27 PM EST     3.36 feet High Tide
Mon -- 09:40 PM EST     Moonrise
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0.60.1-0.1-0.10.51.62.62.92.82.41.81.20.60.2-0.1-00.51.62.73.33.32.92.31.6

Tide / Current Tables for Richmond Deepwater Terminal, James River, Virginia
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Richmond Deepwater Terminal
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Mon -- 01:54 AM EST     -0.18 feet Low Tide
Mon -- 06:43 AM EST     3.05 feet High Tide
Mon -- 07:17 AM EST     Sunrise
Mon -- 11:04 AM EST     Moonset
Mon -- 01:53 PM EST     -0.10 feet Low Tide
Mon -- 04:52 PM EST     Sunset
Mon -- 06:58 PM EST     3.48 feet High Tide
Mon -- 09:41 PM EST     Moonrise
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