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Weather likely not a factor for Blue Angels show

The Blue Angels are seen practicing over Annapolis in 2015 in preparation for their show during Commissioning Week.

A slight chance of showers Tuesday afternoon is no longer in the forecast so Tuesday’s practice run for the Blue Angels air show and  Naval Academy Commencement Week show itself on Wednesday shouldn’t be affected by the weather. Traffic for the crowd-drowing tradition could be another story.

Residual showers left over from Monday’s precipitation should move out of the area by 8 a.m. Tuesday, forecasters said. Fog expected to develop overnight should dissipate by then as well.

The National Weather Service was calling for a 30 percent chance of showers after 2 p.m. in Monday’s late forecast but early morning reports removed that possibility.


The Blue Angels practice window is from 10:45 a.m. until 4 p.m.

In order to fly a show, the Blue Angels need at least three nautical miles of visibility and a minimum cloud ceiling of 1,500 feet, according to the team’s website.

The type of show the group might perform depends on the ceiling. At 1,500 feet they can do what they call a “flat” show, with less of their spectacular vertical maneuvers. With 4,500 feet of ceiling they will do a “low” show with many rolling maneuvers.

At 8,000 feet of ceiling the Blue Angels can perform the “high” show, with all the maneuvers.

And Wednesday’s weather is looking like a high show could be in the offing.

Sunny skies are forecast with highs skirting 80 degrees for Wednesday’s flight.

The sunshine will be evident all week with the exception of late Thursday and Friday morning, when a chance of showers, and possible thunderstorms Thursday afternoon and evening, could fall.

Two planes from the Blue Angels flight team make a close pass, rehearsing for their show for the Naval Academy Commencement.
Pirates aboard the Pirate Adventures cruise react as the Blue Angels flight team soar over Annapolis, rehearsing for their show for the Naval Academy Commencement.
A plane from the Blue Angels flight team makes a low pass by the Naval Academy during a rehearsal.
Boats in Annapolis Harbor are crowded with people watching the Blue Angels flight team rehearse.
A plane from the Blue Angels flight team pulls a tight turn over Annapolis, rehearsing for their show for the Naval Academy Commencement.
Planes from the Blue Angels flight team soar over Annapolis, rehearsing for their show for the Naval Academy Commencement.
Planes from the Blue Angels flight team soar over Annapolis, rehearsing for their show for the Naval Academy Commencement.
Planes from the Blue Angels flight team soar over Annapolis, rehearsing for their show for the Naval Academy Commencement.


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