Will Tropical Storm 16 Cap Off The Weekend

Thar be a storm a brewin’ in the gulf and it is most likely headed our way by the end of the weekend. This could mean more beach erosion issues and some minor coastal flooding. Just a heads up to keep an eye out for this storm, though a weak tropical storm we could have some minor issues. It is beautiful weather until then get your fishing in now if you hate foul weather fishing.

We will start seeing the rain and wind from this system Saturday night and into Sunday. Everything should clear out by Monday, but you know how the weather is around here, not easy to predict until it is on top of Delmarva. These predicted sotms always change for better or worse. We will have to wait and see what happens.

tropical storm 16, delmarva, delaware, sussex county, beach erosion
Winds forecast for next week .. NOAA

Just be prepared for any issues with flood tide waters and storm surge. If you look at some of the aerial pictures from Driscoll Drones you can see how the wind alone pushes water across flooded marshes into communities. That is one of our biggest issues for the inland bays. Marshes that protect the shorelines have eroded to the point they are still helpful blocking storm surge but weaker than in the past. Dredging the inland bays owuld allow the state to built up the marshes by spraying the slurry back into the marshes. This was done as an experiment in Pepper creek a couple of years ago, and it worked very well.

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People should secure their trash cans and anything that can blow away in heavy winds. There ought to be a law for this and there is a littering law. Somehow it doesn’t seem to apply in these cases.
There were full trash cans spilled over and floating around from the flooding two weeks ago. People always want to know where all the trash comes from that washes up on the beaches. The main source is our own inland communities and roadways. Construction sites are a big contributor as well.


Just a heads up to keep a watch on the weather and secure your outdoor items.

tropical storm 16, delmarva, delaware, sussex county, beach erosion
The worst of the rain could arrive in the early afternoon Sunday.

Marine forecast … NOAA
SYNOPSIS FOR THE COASTAL WATERS FROM SANDY HOOK NJ TO FENWICK
ISLAND DE AND FOR DELAWARE BAY…

Strong low pressure centered in New Brunswick, Canada early
this morning will continue to move slowly northeastward. High
pressure located in the Great Lakes and the Ohio River Valley
will build to the east. The center of the high is forecast to
pass through or near our region on Saturday morning, before
moving off the coast. Low pressure is expected to progress from
the Carolinas on Saturday night to the waters off the Middle
Atlantic coast on Sunday and Monday. A cold front is anticipated
to approach from the west on Tuesday and it should pass through
our region on Tuesday night. High pressure is expected to
follow for Wednesday and Thursday.

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-
616 AM EDT Fri Oct 18 2019

…SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 2 PM EDT THIS AFTERNOON…

.TODAY…NW winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Seas 3 to
5 ft. Swell mainly from the NW with a dominant period of
6 seconds.
.TONIGHT…N winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas
around 3 ft until early morning, then 2 ft or less. Swell mainly
from the E with a dominant period of 6 seconds.
.SAT…N winds 5 to 10 kt, becoming SW in the late morning and
afternoon. Seas 2 ft or less. Swell mainly from the E with a
dominant period of 8 seconds.
.SAT NIGHT…S winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas 2 ft or less. Swell mainly
from the E with a dominant period of 9 seconds. A chance of rain
after midnight.
.SUN…E winds 5 to 10 kt, increasing to 10 to 15 kt in the
afternoon. Gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft. Rain likely.
.SUN NIGHT…NE winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Seas
4 to 6 ft. A chance of rain in the evening.
.MON…NE winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 4 to
7 ft.
.MON NIGHT…NE winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt,
becoming E 5 to 10 kt after midnight. Seas 4 to 6 ft.
.TUE…SE winds 5 to 10 kt, becoming S 10 to 15 kt in the
afternoon. Gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft. A chance of showers
in the morning, then showers likely in the afternoon.
.TUE NIGHT…W winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas
3 to 5 ft. Showers likely, mainly in the evening.

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