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Sunrise 7:10AMSunset 4:45PM Sunday December 8, 2019 12:56 AM EST (05:56 UTC) Moonrise 2:49PMMoonset 3:21AM Illumination 86% Phase: Waxing Gibbous; Moon at 11 days in cycle
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Marine Forecasts
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ANZ532 Chesapeake Bay From Sandy Point To North Beach- 1239 Am Est Sun Dec 8 2019
Overnight..E winds 5 kt. Waves less than 1 ft.
Sun..S winds 5 to 10 kt. Waves 1 ft.
Sun night..S winds 5 kt. Waves less than 1 ft. A chance of rain or drizzle.
Mon..S winds 5 to 10 kt. Waves 1 ft. Rain.
Mon night..SW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts to 20 kt. Waves 2 ft. Showers likely.
Tue..SW winds 10 to 15 kt. Waves 2 ft. Showers likely.
Tue night..NW winds 10 kt. Waves 1 ft. Showers.
Wed..NW winds 10 to 15 kt. Waves 1 to 2 ft. A chance of showers through the day.
Thu..NE winds 5 to 10 kt. Waves 1 to 2 ft.
ANZ500 1239 Am Est Sun Dec 8 2019
Synopsis for the tidal potomac and md portion of the chesapeake bay.. High pressure over ohio will build across pennsylvania and northern maryland tonight, then shift offshore of new jersey on Sunday. Low pressure will develop over the central united states and lift into the great lakes Sunday into Monday. A warm front developing east of this area of low pressure over the carolinas is expected to lift northward across the mid-atlantic on Monday. The aforementioned low will drag its trailing cold front through the region Tuesday into Wednesday. Small craft advisories become increasingly likely Monday night through Wednesday.


7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Annapolis, MD
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Area Discussion for - Baltimore, MD/Washington
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FXUS61 KLWX 080137 AFDLWX

Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Baltimore MD/Washington DC 837 PM EST Sat Dec 7 2019

SYNOPSIS. High pressure will build across Pennsylvania and northern Maryland tonight, then shift offshore of New Jersey on Sunday. Low pressure will develop over the central United States and lift into the Great Lakes Sunday into Monday. A warm front developing east of this area of low pressure over the Carolinas is expected to lift northward across the Mid-Atlantic on Monday. The aforementioned low will drag its trailing cold front through the region Tuesday into Wednesday. Strong Arctic high pressure will build from the Great Lakes toward the Mid-Atlantic Wednesday night through Friday, then shift offshore of New England through Saturday as low pressure develops over the southeastern United States.

NEAR TERM /THROUGH SUNDAY/. Surface high pressure presently building across New York State, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. The narrow surface ridge axis should place itself between the I-95 and I-81 corridors tonight. High pressure and light wind would typically be an ideal setup for radiational cooling. However, the latest satellite images suggest some thin cirrus overspreading the area. While this may be a temporary impediment, don't believe this will be enough to deviate from current low temperature forecast strategy . which is a degree or two below the coldest guidance.

High pressure will push offshore of New Jersey and southern New England Sunday as low pressure takes shape over the central Great Plains. This low will develop ahead of a sharpening mid/upper trough digging into the central CONUS Sunday, with high clouds increasing well ahead of this system through the day over the Mid-Atlantic. After a mainly sunny start, sunshine will become increasingly obscured through the day, with a broken mid/high overcast expected by nightfall. Despite the increasing clouds, ensuing warm air advection on south/southeast flow should result in Sunday's high temperatures being very similar to Saturday's.

SHORT TERM /SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT/. Deep, long-fetch warm/moist advection strengthens Sunday night ahead of low pressure expected to trek across the Mid- Mississippi Valley and into the Great Lakes. This will cause clouds to lower and thicken, with light rain or drizzle likely by daybreak Monday for much of the area (both approaching from the west closer to the parent low and aided by orographic forcing, and approaching/developing from the southeast north of a developing warm front over the Carolinas). A few members of the 12Z HREF as well as the RGEM paint a few isolated patches of freezing rain near the highlands early Monday morning, but overall this threat appears marginal (<25% probability) given strong WAA pattern and lack of a persistent cold high to the north. Overall, low temperatures are likely achieved Sunday evening, before increasing clouds and low level winds force temperatures to slowly rise after midnight.

Periods of rain are expected over much of the area Monday as the warm front lifts slowly north. The steadiest and most widespread rain is expected during the first half of the day, likely becoming more showery in nature after the warm front passes. Although the strongest lift will move northward by Monday evening, continued isentropic lift and mid/upper jet dynamics ahead of the approaching low and its associated surface cold front should keep at least a chance of showers through much of Monday night. Temperatures will be much warmer Monday and Monday night, topping out in the 60s for highs and likely holding in the 50s for lows with warm southwest winds and lots of clouds.

BUFKIT soundings indicate 40-50 kts of wind 2-5 kft AGL, but low- level temp inversion/saturated column should keep winds in check at the surface, except perhaps at some of the higher elevation summits.

Shower coverage should increase again by late Monday night into Tuesday as the surface cold front approaches from the west.

LONG TERM /TUESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY/. Overall, the long term period appears as though it will be quite active, but confidence is very low with respect to the forecast details within that time period.

Starting off on Tuesday morning, persistent southerly flow and warm advection will have transported an anomalously warm air mass into the region. We'll have a warm start to the day, with temperatures in the upper 50s around daybreak. Temperatures should climb into the 60s by late morning in most spots. Skies will be cloudy with showers possible through much of the day. A surface cold front will pass through the region during the afternoon hours on Tuesday, causing temperatures to drop in its wake. With the main mid/upper wave lagging well behind the surface front, there could potentially be a prolonged period of anafrontal precipitation somewhere within the Tuesday evening-Wednesday morning time frame. It appears as though most of this precipitation should be rain, but a changeover to snow can't be ruled out (especially NW of I-95) as colder air continues to work in at low levels. In fact, several EPS members, as well as some deterministic models show a light accumulation of snow late Tuesday night into early Wednesday, though the trend has been for a little less snowfall over the last couple runs. Confidence remains low as to whether the snow will fall, and if so, exactly where (or how much, albeit likely on the lighter side). We will continue to monitor this as we move closer to the event.

Behind this system, an impressive area of high pressure will build in just to our north, bringing well below normal temperatures and sunny skies on Thursday. Highs likely only reach the 30s.

Forecast confidence decreases significantly moving toward Friday and into next weekend. Most indicators point toward a continued active pattern, with one or more disturbances developing in the southern stream and tracking toward the Mid-Atlantic. However, there is still considerable spread in both the timing, intensity and track of these systems (both from model to model and from run to run). Each of these factors contribute to elevated forecast uncertainty, and stem largely from uncertainty regarding phasing uncertainties with the northern stream and the magnitude of residual low level cold. With the cold air mass initially in place ahead of these systems, there may be a chance for some wintry precipitation, but it is far too early to pin down what the sensible weather will be at a given point this far out.

AVIATION /02Z SUNDAY THROUGH THURSDAY/. Calm winds are likely at the surface tonight for most terminals, Some high/mid level clouds has already begun to encroach on the terminals. Upper level moisture will continue to overspread on Sunday, but any precipitation should hold off until very late Sunday night. Rain showers and subsequent restrictions become increasingly likely Monday into Monday night as a warm front over the Carolinas crosses the region from south to north. This warm from will be associated with low pressure developing over the Midwest, which will subsequently move across the Great Lakes through Monday night. Its trailing cold front will force a prolonging of rain chances/possible restrictions through Monday night. LLWS is possible as well as winds increase out of the SW at a few thousand feet Sunday night into Monday, with 30+ kts progged at 2 kft AGL.

Sub-VFR conditions will be possible at the terminals during the day Tuesday in association with low clouds and showers. Gusty winds will be possible both in advance of the system's cold front Tuesday morning in southerly flow, as well as behind the cold front in northwesterly flow Tuesday Night into Wednesday.

MARINE. Light to calm winds are expected through tonight as surface high pressure ridges overhead. The high will move offshore Sunday as a warm front develops over the Carolinas well in advance of low pressure developing over the Midwest. The gradient will gradually tighten between these systems Sunday night into Monday, and may approach Small Craft Advisory levels. Latest BUFKIT soundings continue to show about 18-22 kts at the top of the mixed-layer in S/SE flow Sunday afternoon, about 3000 feet above the surface. The anticipated increasing cloud cover may preclude optimal mixing for gusts of this magnetite to reach the surface, though channeling could accelerate the flow slightly, compensating for this. Given the lower confidence, no headline has been issued at this time.

More widespread gusts are possible Monday and especially Monday night, but a strong low-level temperature inversion casts doubt on the magnitude of gusts reaching the surface, despite winds in excess of 40 kts a few thousand feet above the surface. Using the Stas Stabilizer technique, the depth and strength of the inversion should still allow for 20-25 kt gusts to reach the surface during this time.

Small Craft Advisories may be needed on Tuesday both in southerly flow ahead of an approaching cold front, as well as in northwesterly flow behind the cold front.

TIDES/COASTAL FLOODING. Anamolies over the lower (Virginia) portion of the Chesapeake Bay are running about 0.5 to 0.75 feet above astronomical predictions today, and with light to calm winds tonight, these anomalies should spread northward. ETSS/CBOFS seem to have the best handle on this in the near term, though even so flooding thresholds are unlikely to be approached through tonight.

Increasing onshore flow would suggest an increase in water levels through Tuesday before a cold front crosses the region, though a more west-of-south component could keep water levels in check. Current forecast sides on higher ESTOFS/CBOFS and upper third of Snap-ex guidance, resulting in near minor flooding for Straits Point and Annapolis at times early next week, though this may need to be adjusted based on fine-tuning of wind direction and subsequent water level reactions over the next 36 to 48 hours.

LWX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES. DC . None. MD . None. VA . None. WV . None. MARINE . None.

SYNOPSIS . DHOF NEAR TERM . HTS/DHOF SHORT TERM . DHOF LONG TERM . KJP AVIATION . HTS/DHOF/KJP MARINE . DHOF/KJP TIDES/COASTAL FLOODING . DHOF


Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
APAM2 - 8575512 - Annapolis, MD 1 mi62 min 33°F 1032.3 hPa
44063 - Annapolis 2 mi38 min Calm G 1.9 39°F 45°F1033.4 hPa
CPVM2 6 mi62 min 38°F 30°F
TPLM2 - Thomas Point, MD 6 mi56 min E 4.1 G 5.1 39°F 45°F1033.7 hPa (+0.9)25°F
BSLM2 - Chesapeake Bay, MD 17 mi146 min Calm 28°F 1032 hPa25°F
FSKM2 - 8574728 - Francis Scott Key Bridge, MD 17 mi62 min NNE 2.9 G 2.9 36°F 1033 hPa
BLTM2 - 8574680 - Baltimore, MD 21 mi62 min Calm G 1.9 36°F 49°F1032.5 hPa
TCBM2 - 8573364 - Tolchester Beach, MD 21 mi62 min E 1.9 G 1.9 29°F 44°F1033 hPa
44062 - Gooses Reef, MD 29 mi38 min E 9.7 G 9.7 40°F 1033.5 hPa
WASD2 - 8594900 - Washington, DC 29 mi62 min Calm G 0 34°F 44°F1033.1 hPa
CA2 - 8571892 - Cambridge, MD 35 mi62 min NE 5.1 G 5.1 36°F 43°F1032.7 hPa
SLIM2 - 8577330 - Solomons Island, MD 45 mi62 min N 4.1 G 5.1 36°F 47°F1032.4 hPa

Wind History for Francis Scott Key Bridge NE Tower, MD
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Airport Reports
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Annapolis, United States Naval Academy, MD1 mi2 hrsN 010.00 miFair33°F27°F78%1032.8 hPa
Bay Bridge Field, MD8 mi61 minno data10.00 miFair28°F24°F86%1032.8 hPa
Fort Meade / Tipton, MD17 mi62 minN 010.00 miFair23°F21°F93%1033.5 hPa
Baltimore, Baltimore-Washington International Airport, MD18 mi62 minN 010.00 miA Few Clouds28°F21°F75%1032.8 hPa
Baltimore, Inner Harbor, MD22 mi62 minno data mi35°F24°F64%1032.7 hPa
Camp Springs / Andrews Air Force Base, MD22 mi60 minN 010.00 miFair27°F20°F77%1033.1 hPa
College Park Airport, MD23 mi80 minN 010.00 miFair26°F19°F75%1032.8 hPa

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Tide / Current Tables for Annapolis (US Naval Academy), Severn River, Maryland
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Tide / Current Tables for Baltimore Harbor Approach, Maryland Current
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Sun -- 02:18 AM EST     0.45 knots Max Flood
Sun -- 03:21 AM EST     Moonset
Sun -- 04:49 AM EST     -0.00 knots Slack
Sun -- 07:11 AM EST     Sunrise
Sun -- 08:03 AM EST     -0.68 knots Max Ebb
Sun -- 10:57 AM EST     0.00 knots Slack
Sun -- 02:33 PM EST     1.01 knots Max Flood
Sun -- 02:48 PM EST     Moonrise
Sun -- 04:42 PM EST     Sunset
Sun -- 06:04 PM EST     -0.00 knots Slack
Sun -- 09:13 PM EST     -0.84 knots Max Ebb
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