Coastal Flood Warning For Maryland; No Snow In Ocean City

Posted on March 6, 2013

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A coastal flood warning will remain in effect for Ocean City, Maryland, throughout Wednesday and Thursday and into Friday. Some flooding is possible, especially around high tides.

No snow in Ocean City and most of the Eastern Shore. Rain. Rain. Rain. And winds 25 mph or so and gusting higher. The most notable aspect of this winter storm here in West Ocean City has been the unusually loud thunder this morning. Some of the loudest thunder I’ve ever heard.

Heavy, steady rain, water ponding in low parts of the yard, but not reaching the tops of the roadside ditches, at least not yet. The possible flooding is due not so much to the rain as to the persistent onshore winds creating a little bit of storm surge and higher than usual tides. A bit of beach erosion possible. Nothing to compare to Hurricane Sandy.

On the Western Shore of Maryland, the heaviest snow has been south of Washington and in Virginia. Mostly rain in the Baltimore area, from what I hear. In the areas that get snow, it’s a heavy, wet, spring snow. Sorry, Boston, here it comes again. The good news is, it’s the last snow of the winter. It has to be, right? It will melt quickly.

Here’s the text of the National Weather Service Flood Warning:

” COASTAL FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM EST FRIDAY…

* TIMING… MINOR TO MODERATE FLOODING POSSIBLE THIS AFTERNOON. MODERATE FLOODING POSSIBLE THURSDAY MORNING INTO FRIDAY MORNING DURING HIGH TIDE.

* IMPACTS… WATER LEVELS WILL BEGIN TO RISE THIS AFTERNOON DUE TO STRONG EAST WINDS. THE STRONG WINDS WILL SHIFT TO NORTH THIS AFTERNOON AND CONTINUE INTO THURSDAY… RESULTING IN A CONTINUATION OF WATER LEVEL RISES. TIDAL DEPARTURES OF 2 TO 2.5 FEET ABOVE NORMAL ARE POSSIBLE THIS AFTERNOON… THEN POTENTIALLY BUILD TO 3 TO 3.5 FT ABOVE NORMAL WEDNESDAY NIGHT INTO EARLY THURSDAY. IN ADDITION… BEACH EROSION IS ALSO LIKELY DUE TO THE COMBINATION OF HIGHER THAN NORMAL TIDES AND LARGE WAVES.

* TIDES… AT THE OCEAN CITY INLET… HIGH TIDE WILL OCCUR AT 313 PM EST THIS AFTERNOON. A WATER LEVEL OF 4.2 TO 4.8 FEET MLLW IS EXPECTED. THIS IS A TIDAL DEPARTURE OF 2.5 TO 3 FT ABOVE NORMAL. MINOR FLOODING BEGINS AT 4.0 FEET MLLW. THE NEXT HIGH TIDE WILL OCCUR AT 413 AM EST THURSDAY MORNING. A WATER LEVEL BETWEEN 6.0 TO 6.5 FEET MLLW IS EXPECTED. THIS IS A TIDAL DEPARTURE OF 3.5 TO 4 FEET MLLW. MODERATE FLOODING BEGINS AT 5.0 FEET MLLW. SEVERE FLOODING BEGINS AT 6.0 FEET MLLW.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A COASTAL FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS OCCURRING OR IMMINENT. COASTAL RESIDENTS IN THE WARNED AREA SHOULD BE ALERT FOR RISING WATER… AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY. IN ADDITION… THE COMBINATION OF HIGH WATER AND HIGH WAVES WILL RESULT IN BEACH EROSION… AND DAMAGE TO DOCKS AND PIERS IN LOCATIONS EXPOSED TO HIGH WATER AND WAVE ACTION.”

I’ve recently recovered from a serious bout with the flu. (Flu vaccine turned out to be only 9 percent effective for peeps in my age range.) Don’t want to provoke a relapse, so I’m not going out into the weather to see how high the tide gets or take photos. I’m not expecting anything particularly newsworthy. For more up-to-the-minute reports, click on the various links in the sidebar.

Be safe, stay dry, and don’t drive into any flooding on the roads.

– John Hayden

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