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Sykesville, MD

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Sunrise 5:53AMSunset 8:34PM Thursday July 16, 2020 12:00 PM EDT (16:00 UTC) Moonrise 1:26AMMoonset 4:02PM Illumination 14% Phase: Waning Crescent; Moon at 26 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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ANZ538 Patapsco River Including Baltimore Harbor- 1040 Am Edt Thu Jul 16 2020
.small craft advisory in effect through late tonight...
Rest of today..SE winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts to 20 kt. Waves 1 ft. A slight chance of showers.
Tonight..S winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts to 20 kt. Waves 1 ft.
Fri..S winds 5 to 10 kt. Waves 1 ft. A chance of showers and tstms.
Fri night..SW winds 5 to 10 kt. Waves 1 ft or less. A chance of showers.
Sat..SE winds around 5 kt. Waves flat. A chance of showers.
Sat night..S winds 5 kt. Waves flat.
Sun..SW winds around 5 kt. Waves 1 ft or less. A chance of showers and tstms.
Mon..W winds around 5 kt. Waves 1 ft or less. A chance of showers and tstms. Winds and waves higher and visibilities lower in and near tstms.
ANZ500 1040 Am Edt Thu Jul 16 2020
Synopsis for the tidal potomac and md portion of the chesapeake bay.. High pressure over new england will shift offshore today. A developing warm front will lift from the central appalachian mountains into pennsylvania by Friday. A weakening cold front will drop in from the lower great lakes Friday night, then stall and dissipate over the middle atlantic this weekend. A small craft advisory may be needed for portions of the waters Friday.


7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near Sykesville, MD
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Area Discussion for - Baltimore, MD/Washington
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FXUS61 KLWX 161433 AFDLWX

Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Baltimore MD/Washington DC 1033 AM EDT Thu Jul 16 2020

SYNOPSIS. High pressure over New England will shift offshore today. A warm front will lift from the central Appalachian Mountains into Pennsylvania by Friday. A weakening cold front will drop in from the lower Great Lakes Friday night, then stall and dissipate over the Middle Atlantic this weekend. A trough of low pressure could persist into early next week as high pressure strengthens over the southeastern United States.

NEAR TERM /THROUGH TONIGHT/. The showers this morning have fizzled out and mostly dry conditions are being reported throughout the region with overcast skies. Looked at model sounding and the clouds should start to thin later this morning and into the early afternoon. If skies start to clear early enough I believe we will have a chance to reach 90 degrees in DC once again but I see upper 80s as more likely at DCA with 90 more likely in downtown DC.

Aside from developing showers, a ridge of high pressure overhead and extending into New England will move toward the northwestern Atlantic Ocean today. A light onshore flow will lead to increasing relative humidity. With this increase in humidity and increasing warmth, more showers and a few thunderstorms are expected to develop in the mountains later in the morning, then farther to the east during this afternoon.

A cool front will move into the heart of our region and keep the chance for showers or a thunderstorm around tonight. Warm and humid conditions tonight.

SHORT TERM /FRIDAY THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT/. The cool front will move through the region Friday and bring additional showers and thunderstorms to parts of the region. Heavy rainfall will be the main threat from thunderstorms Friday into Friday evening. WPC has a large part of our region outlined in the excessive rainfall potential so we will need to be cognizant of the potential for flooding or flash flooding.

High temperatures should average well into the 80s to around 90F. It will be hotter Friday. Overnight low temperatures will trend warmer as well, likely not falling below 70F for much of the area near/east of the Blue Ridge Mountains come Friday night.

Weak high pressure will build in from the northwest Saturday and Saturday night. Light northerly winds will become southeasterly Saturday afternoon. A couple of showers and thunderstorms could develop over the higher terrain in the west, as well as along the Blue Ridge. Temperatures will be in the lower to middle 90s.

LONG TERM /SUNDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY/. Hot, humid, and diurnally driven showers and thunderstorms will be the ongoing theme Sunday through the early portion of next week. Synoptically we're looking at zonal flow aloft with a surface ridge of high pressure dominating over the western Atlantic and the southeastern U.S. This will maintain a south southwesterly flow around said ridge, thus pumping in those hot and humid conditions mentioned above. Sultry dewpoints solidly in the 70s along and east of the Blue Ridge Mountains, upper 60s to near 70 degrees to the west, combined with air temperatures in the mid to upper 90s will deliver heat indices nearing Advisory criteria both Sunday and Monday. Will continue to assess this potential the next couple of days, but a majority of the guidance continues to tick upwards with temperatures, with some triple digit readings not out of the question.

Best rain chances look to be Tuesday and Wednesday next week as the upper pattern turns a bit more cyclonic in nature and a surface boundary approaches the Mid-Atlantic from the Great Lakes, leading to daily shower and thunderstorm chances. Temperatures "cool" off into the low to middle 90s, but the pesky humidity won't be going anywhere, so heat indices likely flirting in and around the century mark through the middle of next week.

AVIATION /15Z THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY/. High pressure passing by to the north will keep conditions VFR today with light southeast winds. Some low clouds may develop, most likely at BWI/MTN. Some periods of MVFR conditions will occur at most of our terminals this morning. These clouds will likely eventually mix out today. Low clouds may return for Thursday night.

There should be a higher chance of storms area-wide on Friday as a trough axis crosses the area. VFR conditions Saturday.

Diurnally driven shower and thunderstorm chances will threaten to deliver episodes of sub VFR conditions at the terminal each afternoon and evening Sunday and Monday. Winds will be light out of south southwest.

MARINE. Stronger southeast flow today with potential SCA conditions by this evening. Most storms should stay west of the waters today.

South winds should remain below SCA criteria on Friday, but there will be a greater chance of afternoon thunderstorms, potentially lasting into the night.

No marine hazards expected Saturday.

High pressure centered well to the southeast will maintain a weak gradient and light south southwest winds over the marine district Sunday through Monday. There will be a threat for afternoon/evening showers and thunderstorms, some of which could pose a gusty wind threat.

TIDES/COASTAL FLOODING. Onshore winds today will increase and turn more southerly tonight and into Friday, resulting in elevated water levels during this timeframe. Minor flooding is currently forecast at Annapolis and Southwest Waterfront with tonights high tide cycle, with many other sites reaching Action. Will continue to monitor trends today and this evening to assess this potential and determine if Advisories will be needed. Water levels will remain elevated through Friday night with the a continued threat for minor flood. Thereafter, winds will turn more westerly, thus allowing anomalies to tail off the first half of the weekend.

CLIMATE. A rather notable streak of heat has been ongoing in the immediate Washington DC area for nearly three weeks.

20 consecutive days had reached at least 90 F at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (KDCA). While it is certainly not unusual to hit 90 F in July in the DC area, multiple weeks without a break are relatively rare, as evidenced by the all- time record which is 21 days (it happened twice in the 1980s -- once ending on August 14th 1980, and again ending on August 18th 1988). The ongoing streak is notable not only for its longevity, but its earlier occurrence in the summer season.

If the temperature reaches 90 F on today, the record will be tied. But it's going to come down to the wire.

While the background air mass will be warming, it will also become increasingly humid. The more humid it is, the longer it takes for the air to heat up (humid air is denser and requires more energy to raise its temperature). In weather speak, 850 mb temperatures will be about 1 C warmer than Wednesday, and 1000-500 mb thicknesses will be increasing several dm. Scattered to broken cloud cover this morning has kept temperatures mild in the upper 60s to middle 70s, so it will be a warm start to the day. The clouds should scatter by late morning or midday, allowing the sun to do its thing. That being said, if the clouds further develop or linger too long, the air might not have enough time to heat up to 90 F, especially at the airport with an onshore wind right off the Potomac River (the water temperature at nearby Washington Channel is 85.5 F).

Which of these competing factors will win out? It's not clear just yet, and probably won't be until later this morning. Guidance available so far today suggests highs will range anywhere from 85 to 93 F at KDCA, with a best-guess consensus of 89 F. But if it does hit 90 F today, it's seeming increasingly likely it will continue to hit 90 F for at least several more days after that as the warming trend continues.

LWX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES. DC . None. MD . None. VA . None. WV . None. MARINE . Small Craft Advisory until 2 AM EDT Friday for ANZ530>543.

SYNOPSIS . BKF NEAR TERM . KLW/JMG SHORT TERM . KLW LONG TERM . BKF AVIATION . BKF/KLW/JMG MARINE . BKF/KLW TIDES/COASTAL FLOODING . CLIMATE .


Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
BLTM2 - 8574680 - Baltimore, MD 22 mi60 min 82°F
WASD2 - 8594900 - Washington, DC 30 mi60 min 85°F
APAM2 - 8575512 - Annapolis, MD 35 mi60 min 83°F
BSLM2 - Chesapeake Bay, MD 39 mi90 min SE 6 1023 hPa
TCBM2 - 8573364 - Tolchester Beach, MD 41 mi60 min 83°F
TPLM2 - Thomas Point, MD 41 mi60 min E 8.9 G 9.9 76°F 82°F1025.3 hPa (+0.7)71°F

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Airport Reports
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AirportDistAgeWind ktVisibilitySky/WeatherTempDewPtHumidityPressure
Gaithersburg - Montgomery County Airport, MD13 mi64 minSE 710.00 miOvercast78°F70°F76%1025.4 hPa
Baltimore, Baltimore-Washington International Airport, MD19 mi66 minESE 910.00 miOvercast80°F69°F69%1023.7 hPa
Fort Meade / Tipton, MD19 mi65 minSE 810.00 miPartly Cloudy77°F69°F79%1024.7 hPa
Carroll County Regional Jack B Poage Field, MD21 mi65 minSE 710.00 miOvercast82°F69°F66%1024.4 hPa
Frederick Municipal Airport, MD21 mi72 minVar 410.00 miOvercast81°F69°F70%1023.7 hPa
College Park Airport, MD22 mi65 minESE 610.00 miMostly Cloudy81°F66°F62%1023.7 hPa

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Tide / Current Tables for Middle Branch, Baltimore Harbor, Maryland
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Middle Branch
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Thu -- 02:23 AM EDT     Moonrise
Thu -- 04:40 AM EDT     1.62 feet High Tide
Thu -- 05:53 AM EDT     Sunrise
Thu -- 12:06 PM EDT     0.68 feet Low Tide
Thu -- 04:18 PM EDT     0.99 feet High Tide
Thu -- 05:00 PM EDT     Moonset
Thu -- 08:31 PM EDT     Sunset
Thu -- 10:14 PM EDT     0.34 feet Low Tide
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Tide / Current Tables for Fells Point, Baltimore Harbor, Maryland
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Fells Point
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Thu -- 02:23 AM EDT     Moonrise
Thu -- 04:23 AM EDT     1.95 feet High Tide
Thu -- 05:53 AM EDT     Sunrise
Thu -- 11:54 AM EDT     0.80 feet Low Tide
Thu -- 04:01 PM EDT     1.19 feet High Tide
Thu -- 05:00 PM EDT     Moonset
Thu -- 08:31 PM EDT     Sunset
Thu -- 10:02 PM EDT     0.40 feet Low Tide
Tide / Current data from XTide NOT FOR NAVIGATION
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