Coastal Storm … Again

Another coastal storm has cropped up along the eastern seaboard. It does not appear that this storm will be as intense as last week’s but it will make for two to three days of unsettled weather.

goes20152008309dcfrs3NOAA Visible Satellite Image Tuesday Afternoon

The satellite picture above shows the storm taking form off the southeast coast of the U.S. The bottom center of the picture clearly shows the swirl of clouds around the low pressure center of the developing storm. The northeast flow of air moving from high pressure over the northeast U.S. and feeding into the storm circulation is pushing low level, Atlantic moisture right up to the Appalachian mountain chain.

namussfcwbgNOAA Tuesday Afternoon Surface Analysis

The surface analysis above shows the storm pushing into the ridge of high pressure over the Mid Atlantic and Northeast. The low pressure is showing signs of redevelopment closer to Cape Hatteras.

95fwbgusNOAA Surface Forecast For Wednesday Afternoon

The Wednesday surface forecast above shows the storm center position near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay with the significant rainfall generally east of the I-95 corridor from eastern North Carolina into southern New England. The storm is expected to stall off the Mid Atlantic coast for a day or so and eventually move to the east or northeast as the cold front in the Plains States moves east.

d13_fillNOAA Precipitation Totals Through Friday

The precipitation forecast above shows that most of the TV-11 viewing area will receive some rain but that the DELMARVA Peninsula will receive the more significant amounts. All indications are that there should be a period of rain free weather between the departure of the coastal storm and the approach of the cold front from the west. At the moment that dry day appears to be Friday.

John Collins


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