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Super Typhoon Vongfong

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by WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson Here is Super Typhoon Vongfong at 165mph winds with gusts to 190mph as of 1500UTC October 8, 2014. Still a Cat 5 from yesterday (October 7, 2014) and pressure still holding 900mb’s. Heading for southern

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SAL-ty Atlantic: Part III

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by WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson. As a quick recap, The Intertropical Convergence Zone where tropical storms form, or the “ITCZ”,  is heavily impacted by the Saharan Air Layer (or “SAL”), which is a dust layer off the western African coast along the lower

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Marine layering effects start in the SE Region.

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…by WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson. This is a follow up from the Blog done on 9/29/14 questioning the possible arrival: http://blog.weatherflow.com/post-summer-frontal-approach-to-the-se-region-first-marine-layering-event/ Friday, October 3 we had an approaching strong cold front from the west. Most everything lined up very similar to last

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Post-summer frontal approach to the SE Region – first marine layering event?

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by WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson Last year we saw our first recorded marine layering event during the summer-to-fall transition as water temps started to cool, which kept winds down along the immediate beaches 5-10kts lower than what computer models were

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Degrees of Wind Direction along South Carolina: Onshore vs. Offshore

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By WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson For Coastal South Carolina: As we get into the cooler months of fall and winter, we start to see more NE events unfold along the SE Region as colder High pressures to the north wedge

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SAL-ty Atlantic: The Saharan Air Layer Part II

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by WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson For SAL-ty Atlantic Part I of this series, please see http://wp.me/p4sVyF-4dz So far, the Atlantic Season has seen two named storms: CAT 2 Hurricane Arthur –  which formed off the SE coast and made landfall

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Bermuda-Azores High Reigns in July.

by WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson We are currently seeing a very seasonal summer setup with vast blocking Bermuda-Azores High pressure over the North Atlantic Ocean. As it assumes its typical 1024mb status and keeps more of a near-Bermuda presence, we

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A Bird’s Eye of a Hurricane.

…by WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson, July 9, 2014. There has been evidence of birds becoming trapped in tropical storms and hurricanes in the past as several species have mysteriously showed up in places where they would not normally inhabit nor

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SAL-ty Atlantic: The Saharan Air Layer

by WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson 6/25/14    The “Dusty Tongue” of the Sahara keeps the northern ITCZ and Eastern Caribbean dried out through June 2014. The Saharan Air Layer, or SAL, is fed by Easterly mid-level jetting over the deserts

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Tricky Mesoscale Convective Vortex (MCV) attempts to spark tropical development off of SC.

by WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson   Upon doing the forecast in the AM 6/6/14, I noticed what looked similar to a derecho having larger scale rotation. Overnight warm front activity/warm air advection just south of an EAST-WEST stationary boundary typically

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