Conditions: Baltimore, Maryland, 09/25/2023 02:00:03 am


Cloudy with Mist and Fog


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Sun Rise

06:57 AM

Sun Set

06:59 PM

Day Length

12:02 Hours


2 min 32 sec loss

Moon Rise

05:14 PM

Moon Set

01:54 AM

Next: Full Moon

Sep 29,2023

Moon Phase

Waxing Gibbous

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Something Tropical May Form Off The Southeast Coast And Roll In This Weekend

Maryland Weather
National Hurricane Center

September 18, 2023

Monday Afternoon Update

It may be hard to believe that just one week ago, we were in the grip of a record breaking late season heat wave. Now that we are back into more seasonable weather and moving the latest rain off the coast, the fast changes may have something else in store.

At this time of year, a cold front can push south and bring us nice weather with low humidity. But that front can also stall across the Southeast US. With the contrast of cool air to the north and warm water in the Gulf Stream, a circulation can develop into a new storm.

Considering the three named storms in this region over the last three weeks, this area is primed for something to at least ‘try’ to develop.

Monday Afternoon Set Up

This is what may happen in the week ahead. The cold front that brought us rain last night and this morning is stalling out. We will get a few nice days, but the water off the Southeast US coast is what we need to watch.


Note: I continue to be very cautious of computer model guidance. We are looking 5 days into the future, and I have not had much confidence in the products this year. However, the model forecasts I am showing below do have historical support. There is a good chance that something will develop, but not exactly what we see here. I am sharing this with you so we can compare any trends to support or shift expectations.


Forecast Animation: Thursday to Monday

The European ECMWF Model is showing this region generating rain later this week. This new Low Pressure will begin to move north and bring moderate to heavy rain into our region later Saturday into Sunday.

September 18 weather tropical storm forecast European ECWMF model


Compare To The GFS Model

Here is another solution from the American GFS Model that is a bit more robust. Below the animation is a deeper dive into how this may develop.

Animation: Friday Morning to Sunday Night

September 18 weather tropical storm forecast GFS model


Friday Morning Set Up

High Pressure centered in New England will dominate into the Mid-Atlantic. This also sends a Northeast wind into the Carolinas.

Meanwhile, Low Pressure may start to spin off the Southeast US coast. That is the area of the stalled front.

This may or may not be a formal tropical cyclone. That will depend on whether this develops a pure warm core or has a cold side. Also, the wind speed would need to be over 39 mph to get a name.

September 18 weather tropical storm formation Friday


Saturday Morning Set-Up

Surface Weather

High-pressure slides off the coast of New England.

The new Low Pressure looks more organized and moves north into the South Carolina coast.

In between, a strong East Wind will increase the moisture across the Mid-Atlantic coast. Rain may expand into southern Maryland by daybreak.

September 18 weather coastal storm forecast Saturday morning


Morning Wind Forecast

This may help show the wind field. Surface winds may be up to 30 mph along the coast. 15 to 20 mph inland. It will be a cool and breezy day!

September 18 weather coastal storm forecast Saturday wind

Afternoon Surface Weather

By late afternoon, the Surface Low may move up the North Carolina coast, expanding the rain and wind across the entire Mid-Atlantic.

*This is if this solution verifies*

September 18 weather coastal storm forecast Saturday afternoon

Closer Look: Mid-Atlantic

5 PM – A broad area of moderate to heavy rain may dominate the entire Mid-Atlantic seaboard.

September 18 weather storm forecast Saturday Afternoon


8 PM – If this scenario plays out, it will be a very wet evening and Saturday night. This may affect your plans from sports, to parties, concerts, and camping.

September 18 weather storm forecast Saturday Evening


Animation Saturday Evening To Sunday Evening

The rain is expected to be heaviest Saturday night, then lingering showers into Sunday.

September 18 weather storm forecast weekend

Potential Rainfall

The GFS Model we just explored above is showing a broad area of moderate to heavy rain. This would be beneficial to drought areas, but too much could lead to flooding. The heaviest rain appears to be in Southeast Virginia to North Carolina, with over 4 inches.

Much of our region may end up in the 1 to 3-inch range.

September 18 weather rainfall forecast

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