Area Forecast Discussion
Issued by NWS Sterling, VA

Home | Current Version | Previous Version | Text Only | Print | Product List | Glossary On
Versions: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
FXUS61 KLWX 241350

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Baltimore MD/Washington DC
950 AM EDT Sun Sep 24 2017

High pressure will remain in place through the first part of
the week, then slowly weaken its grip over the area by the
midweek as Hurricane Maria moves northward through the Western
Atlantic. A cold front will move through late in the week,
bringing more seasonable temperatures.


High pressure over the Great Lakes this morning. 925 mb temps
and low- level thickness values are both forecast to be higher
than yesterday. Still anticipate it to be just a touch warmer.
No changes made to the going forecast.

Tonight, low-level moisture will start to creep up as winds turn
from northerly to northeast/easterly. This should keep lows in
the 60s in most areas, with the urban areas staying above 70.


High pressure remains in control Monday, but weakens slightly,
along with a continued increase in low-level moisture. This
should hold high temps down a degree or two lower than today.
Still remaining dry.

By Monday night, Hurricane Maria will be somewhere southeast of
the North Carolina outer banks. Right now it appears the storm
will be well southeast of us, with little if any impacts. But
it`s still a few days away, so consult the latest advisories
from the National Hurricane Center regarding Maria`s expected
track. Depending on the storm`s proximity to us, and ability to
generate a large rain shield, a stray shower or thunderstorm is
possible east of the Blue Ridge late Monday night through
Tuesday or Tuesday night. Otherwise, it remains unseasonably
warm and humid.


The start of the long term period will continue to be dominated
by attention to Hurricane Maria. At the start of the period,
many models plot the hurricane as hovering just off the Outer
Banks of North Carolina. This would likely bring some increased
(but not particularly strong) winds to our southernmost zones,
perhaps some gusts in the 30 mph range in southern MD and along
the bay shore, along with a few showers. Impacts further north
and west would likely be less. As we will remain in a warm air
mass, temperatures will remain above normal, with 80s appearing
likely, unless there is more cloud cover and precip that
currently anticipated.

Maria appears to stall due to the erosion of the ridge to its
north, which would allow westerlies in association with an
approaching shortwave to influence the storm. The timing of this
will be critical, as a late arrival could allow the storm to
continue northwestward. While most guidance does not support
this occurring, everyone should continue to monitor the progress
of the storm over the next few days. Refer to the latest
statements from the National Hurricane Center for up-to-date
information and forecasts on Maria.

By Thursday, the approaching shortwave and attendant surface
cold front should turn the hurricane eastward and it should
begin to increase speed away from the coast. This same system
will put an end to our late September warm spell, with a much
more seasonable air mass arriving behind it for Friday. While
the front will bring a fairly noticeable air mass change,
limited dynamics and moisture mean that any rain with this
system will likely be spotty and light.

By Saturday, uncertainty increases. While some models show high
pressure overhead, the EC has continued to bring a sharp
shortwave southeast from Canada, which then tries to induce
cyclogenesis in our vicinity. Each subsequent run has had
varying locations and strengths with this, so confidence on it
occurring is low and confidence on it affecting our weather
significantly is lower.


VFR with light winds expected through the valid TAF period. Only
potential exception would be MVFR vsby due to fog primarily at
CHO (perhaps at MRB also?) tonight.

Clouds increase Monday night and Tuesday out ahead of Hurricane
Maria, with a potential isolated shower or thunderstorm at
BWI/IAD/DCA, but exact details and extent are track-dependent
and will become clearer in the days ahead.

Attention will be on Hurricane Maria Wednesday into Thursday.
While sub VFR conditions are not likely, a gusty northwest
breeze of 20-25 knots is possible, as are a few showers. A
further deviation northwest in the track of Maria, though not
likely, could bring worse conditions. Refer to latest NHC
statements for up-to-date information on Maria.


Light winds continue over the waters through Monday night.
Perhaps a stray shower or thunderstorm on Tuesday as winds begin
to increase due to enhanced gradient between high pressure and
Hurricane Maria. How strong those wind gusts get depends on the
ultimate track of the storm, but the most likely outcome yields
Small Craft Advisory level gusts starting Tuesday afternoon.

SCA winds looking likely across the waters on Wednesday and
Thursday as Hurricane Maria approaches and we get enveloped by
its expanding wind field. A few showers will also be possible.
If the storm`s track deviates further northwest, more
significant impacts are possible (though not likely). Refer to
latest NHC statements for up-to-date information on Maria.


Water levels running about a foot above astronomical normals.
Annapolis scraped by just under minor flood threshold. SW DC
likely to peak right around the minor threshold. Have an
Advisory for DC til 2pm.

The afternoon/evening cycle is the higher of the two. Confidence
exists for an Advisory for St Marys. (For that matter,
confidence exists for St Marys through Monday, and have made
that extension.) Elsewhere, it will be close. Would rather have
another run of model guidance and have the latest anomaly trends
before making decisions. Those will come this afternoon.

Given light winds, things should remain status quo through
Monday. As Hurricane Maria moves northward in the Atlantic, the
increasing winds should start piling water up in the lower Bay,
which will gradually seep northward, similar to what happened
when Jose passed last week. Tidal anomalies could approach two
feet by midweek; ironically though, the astronomical tide
becomes less favorable, so it could be a net result of status
quo even then.


DC...Coastal Flood Advisory until 2 PM EDT this afternoon for
MD...Coastal Flood Advisory until 10 AM EDT Monday for MDZ017.


TIDES/COASTAL FLOODING...HTS/JE is the U.S. government's official web portal to all federal, state and local government web resources and services.