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St. James, MD

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Sunrise 7:19AMSunset 4:48PM Wednesday December 11, 2019 3:04 PM EST (20:04 UTC) Moonrise 4:36PMMoonset 6:34AM Illumination 100% Phase: Full Moon; Moon at 15 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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ANZ535 Tidal Potomac From Key Bridge To Indian Head- 1237 Pm Est Wed Dec 11 2019
.small craft advisory in effect until 6 pm est this evening...
This afternoon..NW winds 10 kt with gusts to 20 kt. Waves 1 ft.
Tonight..NW winds 5 to 10 kt. Waves 1 ft.
Thu..E winds 5 kt. Waves less than 1 ft.
Thu night..NE winds around 5 kt. Waves 1 ft or less.
Fri..NE winds around 5 kt. Waves 1 ft or less. Rain likely or a chance of freezing rain.
Fri night..N winds around 5 kt. Waves 1 ft. Rain.
Sat..W winds 5 to 10 kt. Waves 1 ft. Showers likely through the day, then a chance of showers through the night.
Sun..NW winds 5 to 10 kt. Waves 1 ft.
ANZ500 1237 Pm Est Wed Dec 11 2019
Synopsis for the tidal potomac and md portion of the chesapeake bay.. High pressure will build across the region today through Thursday. Low pressure system developing over the northern gulf of mexico will move northeastward toward the region Friday into Saturday. Small craft advisories may be needed Saturday through Sunday morning


7 Day Forecast for Marine Location Near St. James, MD
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Area Discussion for - Baltimore, MD/Washington
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FXUS61 KLWX 111944 AFDLWX

Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Baltimore MD/Washington DC 244 PM EST Wed Dec 11 2019

SYNOPSIS. A strong area of high pressure, originating from Canada, will build to our north today through Thursday night. Meanwhile, an area of low pressure will develop over the Gulf of Mexico Friday and track north, across the eastern United States, as high pressure departs offshore. Low pressure will then move across the area Saturday, with another area of low pressure approaching Monday into Tuesday.

NEAR TERM /THROUGH THURSDAY/. Strong high pressure will continue to build across the region this afternoon through Thursday. With the high originating from Canada, the air mass is quite chilly, but not excessively or unusually cold for this time of year, with temperatures generally 10 degrees below normal or so. Low temperatures overnight will dip down into the low to mid 20s, with the normal colder spots potentially getting into the teens.

With high pressure set up north of the region tomorrow, temperatures will even be a little colder than today, with highs in the mid to upper 30s. No precipitation to speak of though, and winds will be light, so even wind chills won't be an issue. So just a dry, chilly day across the area.

SHORT TERM /THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY NIGHT/. High pressure will slide offshore Thursday night, as low pressure develops along the Gulf Coast and heads north toward the region. A wedge of cold air will remain through much of Friday morning, especially in the valleys west of the Blue Ridge. This could create some problems with freezing rain at the onset of the event Friday morning, when warm advection precipitation is likely to begin across the area. The most significant risk of freezing rain appears to be along the I-81 and I-64 corridors, where the precipitation arrives earlier and the cold air lingers the longest. Farther north and east of these areas, thinking that surface temperatures should warm just quick enough to avoid any major issues, but certainly can't rule out some light accumulations north and east of I-64. Right now, generally thinking this will be a light event, with less than a tenth of an inch along the I-81 and I-64 corridors, and perhaps a couple hundredths farther north and east, if conditions line up just right.

Outside of the freezing rain threat comes a soaking rain event starting Friday night, continuing into Saturday morning, as low pressure moves over the area. Periods of moderate rain can be expected overnight Friday. Additionally, some guidance indicates there could be some cold air still in place in western MD, where cold air climatologically hangs around longer, so can't rule out some freezing rain in the valleys in that area Friday evening/night.

LONG TERM /SATURDAY THROUGH TUESDAY/. Low pressure overhead Saturday will move off to the north later Saturday morning and afternoon. A soaking rain will be around to start, but a dry slot will work its way into the area during this time, and this may cause a lull in the precipitation. Confidence in timing the lull of precipitation remains low at this time. A second round of precipitation will be possible Saturday evening into early Sunday morning due to forcing by the upper level low passing over our area and the surface low's associated cold front. Some upslope wintry precipitation can be ruled out over and along the higher elevations.

High pressure will build back into our region Sunday through early Monday morning. Clear skies along with cooler temperatures in the mid 40s during the day and the 20s and 30s overnight. A warm front is forecast to lift through our region Monday morning. Overruning precipitation will be possible as this frontal boundary moves through our region. As high pressure is in place over the Northeast US, models have been hinting at a cold air damming situation. As the warm front lifts through our area, this precipitation could potentially fall as wintry precipitation. We will need to continue to track the model trend. Models have the damming setup breaking early Tuesday as the main cold front moves through our area. A brief warm up into the 40s will lead to rain Tuesday afternoon. It looks like the cold front is forecast to fully move through our area by Tuesday evening with cooler temps building back into our area Tuesday overnight into Wednesday.

AVIATION /18Z WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY/. VFR conditions expected this afternoon, with some gusty WNW winds at 15-20 knots. This will taper off over the next few hours though, and should be light overnight out of the WNW. Light winds and VFR then expected tonight through Thursday evening.

A low pressure system will track near our area. Rain will likely cause SubVFR restrictions on Saturday. Rain should dissipate late Saturday into early Sunday. Some showers can't be ruled out with brief restrictions on Sunday but VFR conditions expected on Sunday at this time.

MARINE. Gusty winds remain across portions of the waters this afternoon, with another uptick in winds expected this evening into tonight. Small Craft Advisory remains in effect for much of the Bay and the lower Tidal Potomac. Winds will gradually subside overnight, so will keep with the previous Small Craft Advisory for the central Bay and lower Tidal Potomac into Thursday morning. Confidence a little lower in how long the winds linger, but will keep it as is for this forecast cycle.

As coastal low passes near our area, winds will likely reach Small Craft Advisory levels Saturday and Sunday. Small Craft Advisories will likely be needed this weekend.

LWX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES. DC . None. MD . None. VA . None. WV . None. MARINE . Small Craft Advisory until midnight EST tonight for ANZ531>533- 538>541. Small Craft Advisory until noon EST Thursday for ANZ534-537- 543.

SYNOPSIS . CJL NEAR TERM . CJL SHORT TERM . CJL LONG TERM . BJL/JMG AVIATION . CJL/JMG MARINE . CJL/JMG


Weather Reporting Stations
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Stations Dist Age Wind Air TempWater Temp WavesPressureDewPt
WASD2 - 8594900 - Washington, DC 63 mi46 min WNW 5.1 G 9.9 39°F 44°F1028.5 hPa
BLTM2 - 8574680 - Baltimore, MD 67 mi52 min WNW 5.1 G 8.9 38°F 46°F1027.1 hPa
FSKM2 - 8574728 - Francis Scott Key Bridge, MD 71 mi46 min WNW 9.9 G 12 37°F 1027.6 hPa

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Airport Reports
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AirportDistAgeWind ktVisibilitySky/WeatherTempDewPtHumidityPressure
Hagerstown, Washington County Regional Airport, MD9 mi71 minW 1210.00 miFair36°F12°F37%1028.6 hPa
Eastern WV Regional Airport/Shepherd Field, WV17 mi71 minWSW 1110.00 miFair37°F14°F39%1028 hPa
Frederick Municipal Airport, MD24 mi77 minW 10 G 1010.00 miClear37°F17°F45%1027.4 hPa

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Tide / Current Tables for Chain Bridge, D.C.
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Chain Bridge
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Wed -- 02:14 AM EST     -0.05 feet Low Tide
Wed -- 06:30 AM EST     Moonset
Wed -- 07:16 AM EST     Sunrise
Wed -- 07:46 AM EST     2.51 feet High Tide
Wed -- 01:59 PM EST     -0.07 feet Low Tide
Wed -- 04:35 PM EST     Moonrise
Wed -- 04:46 PM EST     Sunset
Wed -- 07:49 PM EST     2.99 feet High Tide
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Tide / Current Tables for Chain Bridge, one mile below, D.C.
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Chain Bridge
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Wed -- 02:09 AM EST     -0.05 feet Low Tide
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Wed -- 07:41 AM EST     2.51 feet High Tide
Wed -- 01:54 PM EST     -0.07 feet Low Tide
Wed -- 04:35 PM EST     Moonrise
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Wed -- 07:44 PM EST     2.99 feet High Tide
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