September 23 Saturday Night Update
As expected, after 12 hours since landfall, Ophelia has lost a lot of energy and wind. The National Hurricane Center has downgraded this to a Tropical Depression. Top winds are 35 mph.
All Storm Surge and Tropical Storm Warnings had been discontinued.
I get this has been underwhelming for some, while others got the full force of wind and waves. The bulk of the rain has been pushed farther west, inland. Central Maryland rainfall has mostly been between 1/2 inch to a little over 1 inch so far.
I tried to mention in all my posts that this would behave more like a strong Nor’easter. But I see that the storm name and all the follow-up data lead to a larger perception.
The storm center still has a cluster of rain and spiraling bands that we will track overnight. This storm still is set to move north and pass through Maryland on Sunday.
The remnant energy may still push higher water up the Bay tonight and early Sunday, but the winds left with this storm will be settling down.
In this post, we see the chance for rain or drying for all local games (Ravens, Commanders, and Nationals).
Local Wind Gusts at 9 PM
Gusty winds remain off the ocean, but the top remaining winds seem to be along the Chesapeake Bay.
Live Radar Interactive Widget
Saturday Night Surface Weather
TROPICAL DEPRESSION OPHELIA
National Hurricane Center Update 8 PM
- LOCATION…37.0N 77.6W
- ABOUT 40 MI…60 KM SSW OF RICHMOND VIRGINIA
- ABOUT 165 MI…265 KM WSW OF OCEAN CITY MARYLAND
- MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…35 MPH…55 KM/H
- PRESENT MOVEMENT…N OR 355 DEGREES AT 9 MPH…15 KM/H
- MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1000 MB…29.53 INCHES
Tropical Storm Warning AND NHC Forecast Map
The central Low Pressure is still set to cross the Chesapeake Bay south of Baltimore… This has always been expected to be in a downgraded form and the winds will be much lighter on Sunday.
Forecast Animations, then we will look at key timeframes on Sunday.
GFS Model Sunday Night to Tuesday Night
The remnant Low will have more rain to the North. Showers may linger around Baltimore, with more in Pennsylvania.
The winds around the Low will be light, and a cool breeze will persist with the rain. A closer look below.
The remnant Low may linger off the coast for a few days. This will keep an easterly wind onshore. That may hold the clouds and cooler temps around as well.
Local Forecast Maps
Radar Simulation Saturday Night to Sunday Night
Radar Simulation Saturday Night to Sunday Night
1 PM Game Time
There is a better chance for Washington to dry out while lingering showers will be pulling north of Baltimore.
This looks good for The Commanders, Nationals, and Ravens.
Under the center of Low Pressure the winds will be very light. There will be a cool breeze to the north in Pennsylvania where the rain will continue falling.
It will be a cool Fall day. Temperatures will be in the 60s at the baseball and football stadiums.
What is left of the rain may still be falling in Pennsylvania as it moves north.
High Tide Tables
Three Key Points Of Interest. The High Tide overnight and early Sunday are when we may see the highest water.
Additional Tables for Maryland can be generated here: Saltwater Tides
Baltimore: Fort McHenry
Ocean City Inlet
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