Weather forecast for our area: Showers, rain, high winds Friday.

The following weather outlook for our area is from the National Weather Service Office, Wakefield, VA:

Tonight –  Oct 28-292
Showers likely, mainly after 3am. Cloudy, with a low around 57. East wind 9 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Friday – Oct 29
Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. High near 69. Breezy, with an east wind 17 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 38 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.
Friday Night — Oct 29-30
Showers likely, mainly before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52. South wind 8 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Saturday – Oct 30
A slight chance of showers after 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 66. South wind 6 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
Areas of the Chesapeake Bay east and north of us are under flood and heavy rain warnings.
URGENT - MARINE WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Baltimore MD/Washington DC
917 PM EDT Thu Oct 28 2021

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Chesapeake Bay from Drum Point MD to Smith Point VA-
Tidal Potomac from Cobb Island MD to Smith Point VA-
Tangier Sound and the inland waters surrounding Bloodsworth
Island-
917 PM EDT Thu Oct 28 2021

...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM EDT FRIDAY...
...STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 6 PM EDT FRIDAY...
...GALE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM TO 8 PM EDT FRIDAY...
...SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM FRIDAY TO 6 AM EDT
SATURDAY...

* WHAT...For the Storm Warning, east winds 20 to 30 kt with
  gusts up to 55 kt and waves 4 to 7 ft expected. For the Gale
  Warning, southeast winds 15 to 25 kt with gusts up to 30 kt
  and waves 2 to 4 ft expected. For the first Small Craft
  Advisory, east winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt and
  waves 2 to 4 ft. For the second Small Craft Advisory, south
  winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt and waves 2 to 4 ft
  expected.

* WHERE...Chesapeake Bay from Drum Point MD to Smith Point VA,
  Tidal Potomac from Cobb Island MD to Smith Point VA and
  Tangier Sound and the inland waters surrounding Bloodsworth
  Island.

* WHEN...For the Storm Warning, from 6 AM to 6 PM EDT Friday.
  For the Gale Warning, from 6 PM to 8 PM EDT Friday. For the
  Small Craft Advisory, until 6 AM EDT Friday. For the Small
  Craft Advisory, from 8 PM Friday to 6 AM EDT Saturday.

* IMPACTS...Very strong winds will cause hazardous waves which
  could capsize or damage vessels.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Gale-force wind gusts may be more
  occasional over narrower waterways.

All about dolphins

From time to time folks in our neighborhood see dolphins in the Potomac River.  If you spend any time on your boat in the Bay or the River, you likely have encountered dolphins.

Dolphin Facts | Dolphin Project
Bottlenose dolphin. Scientific name: Tursiops

The Potomac-Chesapeake Dolphin Project is a regional organization of volunteers who monitor dolphins in the Potomac and the Bay, and who educate people about dolphins.  Visit their website  pcdolphinproject.org

If you are able to photograph dolphins, try to get a close-up shot of the dorsal fin — the Project uses the shape and markings of the dorsal fin to identify individual dolphins.  To date, they have identified around 1,000 individual dolphins.  Email photos and the location of the photo to them at pcdolphinproject@gmail.com.

Here’s a photo taken September 1, 2021 in the Potomac near where it joins the Bay.

Dolphins winter in the ocean and associated waters in and south of North Carolina.  In spring, summer, and early fall dolphins enter the Bay and the Potomac that are important breeding grounds for them.

Here are some safety guidelines for operating a boat around dolphins:

  • Stay at least 50 yards away from dolphins.
  • Don’t approach dolphins in a boat — propeller strikes can kill or injure dolphins.
  • If you want to observe the dolphins, put your boat in neutral unless you need to move.
  • Don’t chase or encircle dolphins.
  • Reel in your fishing line when dolphins are nearby, or, move to another area.
  • Do not feed the dolphins; don’t throw leftover food or bait into the water if dolphins are nearby.
  • Dolphins like to “bowride” — that is, come alongside a boat and ride along in the bow wake.  If dolphins bowride your boat, either shift into neutral, or, maintain slow speed, straight ahead until they peel off.

2015 dolphin sightings.

2015 and 2016 dolphin sightings.

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Also, if you photograph dolphins, email the photos with date and location to us at potomacbaypoa@hotmail.com — we will post your photos on this website.

Another organization — Chesapeake Dolphin Watch also collects data on dolphins in the Bay and tributary waters.  Their website requires visitors to establish an account (free).

Thank you for protecting our local wildlife!!