Tide UpdateMarch 7th, 2013 at 6:36 am by Jeremy Wheeler under Weather
This is a very brief update. The tide this morning wasn’t as bad as forecast. I think last night the easterly winds kept the water pushed up into the northern Chesapeake Bay. Then in the evening the winds turned more northerly and a bit earlier than forecast. So that pushed the water out and glutted it up on the south end. So Sewell’s Point was higher than forecast. This morning the winds are northwest and they have lightened up. So the tide came in under the forecast. We peaked at about 4.6ft which is barely above minor tidal flooding. I suspect that the Coastal Flood Warnings will be replaced by Coastal Flood Advisories later today, but that will be up to the National Weather Service. Don’t get me wrong though. I still think there will be some problems on western facing beaches.
The system looks like it has really picked up speed as it quickly pushes out to sea. It is gaining strength though, so the winds will stay up along the coast. We could still see wind gusts up to 40mph with gusts closer to 25-35mph in inland sections. We’ll get a more detailed blog out this morning. I just wanted to send out the update.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler