First Day Of Spring Arrives With Angry Seas


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Shot from the Charles W Cullen bridge DelDOT cam at 8 Am March 20th

Happy first day of spring, and our next guest … Here comes the nor’easter, the seas are up along the coast line.  We are in a coastal flood warning from 8 PM tonight until 5 PM Thursday night.  Those of you along the inland bays knows what that means, it is going to flood.  How much is a good question and remains to be seen.  Those of you that have lived here through these know what to expect, those that do not might be in for a surprise.

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When Jose flooded Route 1  near conquest beach

Every nor’easter in the past few years floods route 1 in certain spots and Fred Hudson road.  These areas are scheduled to be raised a good six inches by DelDOT, but not today.   This is the price we pay to live by the coast and the water.

The least of my concerns is snow, it melts, and doesn’t create floods.  Tomorrow that could be an issue here and that prediction keeps changing. Also who doesn’t like a good spring snow.

Download the DelDOt app so you can keep up with road conditions and flooded areas.  The NOAA coastal flood warning is primarily for New Jersey at this point, but we have the inland bays to contend with when they overflow at high tide.  The beaches will take a hit but be fine, unless we get a breach form heavy storm surge.  Which is possible.  Expect the drive on beaches to close at some point.


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Rehoboth beach 8 AM, March 20th

The seas are angry already and high tide is at 11:18 AM,   Water is already approaching the normal high tide line and will hit the dune edges once it is full.  How far the water recedes will depend on the winds.   We could see gusts up to fifty miles per hour, with sustained winds in the thirty mile per hour range. Right now it is windy with fifteen mile per hour sustained and twenty-five miles per hour gusts, and a lot of rain.  Be careful of ponding water on roads later today on your way home from work.  The ground is already saturated with water.


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Last storm … Tidal flooding on Pilottown road in Lewes at Canary creek near the University .. photo from Michael Jordan

Since this is a true nor’easter, coastal flooding will be an issue for the inland bay communities.  Once that water is pushed in at high tide it won’t leave anytime soon and stack up between tides.  How heavy the flooding will be remains to be seen and depends on who is interpreting the weather models.

Ultimately it s up to mother nature at this point.  My guess it will be as bad as we had it the last couple nor’easters, to a little worse.  Nor’easters push a lot of water into the inland bays, and this one will last for at least four high tide cycles starting today at 11 AM.  Conditions will be easier to judge about three this afternoon when the tide starts to recede for the inland bays.  Every year it gets a little worse it seems.


Stay safe and be smart.  Tie down anything you don’t want to blow around, especially trash cans that are full.  We will keep you updated of anything major, right now we expect the typical nor’easter.

Fish On!

Rich King


Indian River Inlet tides … 

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Date Day of the Week Time (LST/LDT) Predicted (ft) High/Low
2018/03/20 Tue 04:49 AM -0.17 L
2018/03/20 Tue 11:18 AM 2.68 H
2018/03/20 Tue 5:01 PM -0.17 L
2018/03/20 Tue 11:39 PM 2.87 H
2018/03/21 Wed 05:38 AM -0.09 L
2018/03/21 Wed 12:00 PM 2.56 H
2018/03/21 Wed 5:45 PM -0.14 L

Marine Forecast …

Coastal waters from Cape May NJ to Cape Henlopen DE out 20 nm-
Coastal waters from Cape Henlopen to Fenwick Island DE out 20 nm-
640 AM EDT Tue Mar 20 2018


NE winds 20 to 25 kt with gusts up to 30 kt, increasing
to 25 to 35 kt with gusts up to 45 kt. Seas 4 to 5 ft dominant
period 7 seconds, building to 11 to 16 ft dominant period
8 seconds. Rain.

NE winds 25 to 30 kt with gusts up to 50 kt. Seas
13 to 18 ft. Swell mainly from the NE with a dominant period of
9 seconds. Rain.

N winds 25 to 30 kt with gusts up to 50 kt. Seas 10 to
15 ft, subsiding to 8 to 11 ft early in the morning. Swell mainly
from the NE with a dominant period of 10 seconds. Rain until
late afternoon. Snow in the late morning and afternoon. Vsby 1 NM
or less.

NW winds 20 to 25 kt with gusts up to 40 kt. Seas
7 to 10 ft, subsiding to 5 to 8 ft after midnight. Swell mainly
from the E with a dominant period of 10 seconds. Snow likely
early in the evening, then rain likely late in the evening. Snow
likely in the late evening and overnight. Vsby 1 NM or less early
in the evening.

NW winds 20 to 25 kt with gusts up to 35 kt. Seas 4 to
6 ft.

NW winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas
3 to 5 ft.

NW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft.

NW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas around 3 ft.

NW winds 10 to 15 kt, becoming W 5 to 10 kt in the
afternoon. Seas around 3 ft.

S winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 3 to 4 ft. A chance of rain
and snow.



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