Area Forecast Discussion
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000 FXUS61 KAKQ 131946 AFDAKQ Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Wakefield VA 346 PM EDT Fri Oct 13 2017 .SYNOPSIS... Strong high pressure will remain offshore of New England through Saturday as a trough of low pressure slowly weakens along the Carolina coast. A cold front passes through the region Monday. && .NEAR TERM /UNTIL 6 AM SATURDAY MORNING/... Combo of weak sfc lo pres E of the NC coast and 1032mb sfc hi pres E of New England continuing ENE flow of maritime air in the local area. Lo level CAD wedge firmly in place...maintaining lo CIGs (ST) through tonight. Watching an area of -RA spreading W invof ESE VA-coastal NE NC...and that area is expected to move inland the next few hours. Will have PoPs 50-60% this evening for that pcpn. For the overnight hours...will be keeping PoPs 30-50% ern portions of the FA (which gradually lowers after midnight)...while aob 20% farther inland-W of I 95. Won`t rule out patchy DZ central/wrn areas. Lows tonight from the m-u50s- around 60F WNW to the m-u60s elsewhere. && .SHORT TERM /6 AM SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH MONDAY/... Not confident in amount of erosion to the CAD wedge (and cloudy/damp wx) Saturday (esp into early this afternoon...and potentially most of the day ern portions) due to very limited mixing...and weak sfc trough (lingering over E and SE portions of local area). Have stayed pessimistic with cloud cover Sat w/ best possibility there`s partial clearing (sooner) (well) inland. PoPs Sat blo 15% W...20-30% toward the coast...w/ highs mainly 75-80F. Expecting drying Sat night-Sun as low level flow becomes SSW ahead of a cold front tracking to the mtns by late in the day (Sun). With clearing...Sun turns out warmer...with PoPs aob 14%. Lows Sat night in the l-m60s inland...m-u60s near the coast. Highs Sun in the l-m80s. The cold front crosses the mtns Sun night...then continues to press ESE through the local area Mon (reaching far SE VA-NE NC by late in the day). Some subtle timing differences in the models (GFS generally faster). Becoming mostly cloudy and begin to raise PoPs NW 1/2 after midnight Sun night...while remaining mainly partly cloudy SE. Mainly cloudy Mon...w/ highest PoPs Mon (40-60%) NW 1/2 of the FA Mon morning...shifting to the SE 1/2 in the afternoon (w/ slow clearing possible NW). Lows Sun night in the m50s NW to the l-m60s far SE. Highs Mon in the m-u60s...except around 70F in NE NC. && .LONG TERM /MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY/...
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The cold front is expected to clear the area Monday night into early Tuesday. A few showers may linger in the far southeast into early Tuesday morning. High pressure builds into the area Tuesday into Wednesday with much cooler and drier air being ushered into the region. Highs on Tuesday will be much cooler than what we have become accustomed too with temperatures only in the mid 60s. By Tuesday night, temperatures will fall into the low to mid 40s for many locations away from the coast. Drier and cooler weather is expected to last through the extended period with highs in the 60s and 70s and lows in the 40s and 50s. Temperatures begin to moderate by the end of the period with highs reaching the mid 70s by Friday. It should be noted that while these values will feel much cooler, temperatures will be close to normal for mid October.
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&& .AVIATION /20Z FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY/... Onshore flow continues through the TAF period with high pressure wedging southward from New England. MVFR/IFR ceilings will persist with little improvement anticipated this evening and tonight. Areas of light rain/drizzle moving inland from the coastal waters will enhance IFR coverage for ORF and PHF this afternoon/evening and may also affect ECG and SBY. Breezy northeast winds are also expected with gusts in excess of 20 knots possible near the coast. Outlook: Sub-VFR conditions are expected to linger through early Saturday before gradually improving by Saturday afternoon. Sub-VFR conditions will once again be possible Saturday night into early Sunday morning in the form of low ceilings. High pressure builds into the region on Sunday allowing for a return to primarily VFR conditions. A cold front approaches the region late Sunday and into Monday bringing yet another chance for adverse aviation conditions to the region. && .MARINE... The NE winds continue to be rather gusty aoa SCA levels across the marine area so will be extending/adjusting the headlines based off of latest obs and model guid. Winds begin to slowly diminish later today and this evening as the gradient from the high to the north begins to relax. Have even extended the SCA over the coastal waters through Sat night as seas will be slow to drop below 5 ft. Given the current near shore sea heights, will be extending the high surf through the morning hours for now. Day crew can adjust as necessary when nearshore seas drop below 8 ft. Improving conditions Sun with S/SW winds of 10-15 kt. The next cold front progged across the waters Sun night with a rather impressive CAA surge noted behind it for Mon. Bumped up wind into strong SCA range for now. && .TIDES/COASTAL FLOODING... Tidal departures averaging 1.5 to 2.0 feet above normal this morning. Quick update to the TWL this morning, mainly to bump up levels across the lower Maryland eastern shore. Expect mainly minor flooding this morning, but Bishops Head could just reach moderate flooding of 3.8 ft. Otw, tweeked values a bit but still expect mainly minor flooding during todays high tide cycle except at OXB where levels are expected to just come shy of minor levels. Seems the water in the bay had a hard time leaving last night as the low tides came in higher than expected. && .AKQ WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
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MD...Coastal Flood Advisory until 11 PM EDT this evening for MDZ021>023. NC...None. VA...Coastal Flood Advisory until 10 PM EDT this evening for VAZ089- 090-093. Coastal Flood Advisory until 8 PM EDT this evening for VAZ084>086-523>525. Coastal Flood Advisory until 6 PM EDT this evening for VAZ095>098. Coastal Flood Advisory until 7 PM EDT this evening for VAZ099- 100. Coastal Flood Advisory until 11 PM EDT this evening for VAZ075- 077-078. MARINE...Small Craft Advisory until 6 AM EDT Sunday for ANZ650-652-654- 656-658. Small Craft Advisory until 4 AM EDT Saturday for ANZ634. Small Craft Advisory until 7 PM EDT this evening for ANZ630>633-638.
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&& $$ SYNOPSIS...ALB/JDM NEAR TERM...ALB SHORT TERM...ALB/JDM LONG TERM...AJB AVIATION...JDM/JEF MARINE...MPR TIDES/COASTAL FLOODING... is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.