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Sea Breezes in the Southeast Region: Part I – Basic Understanding

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by WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson In this blog series, we explore the vast realm of Sea Breezes. What are Sea Breezes? How do they work? What would they look like if I could see them?  Is there only one kind? How

Posted in Coastal Georgia, Coastal South Carolina, SouthEastern North Carolina

Heat Wave in the Southeast caps the Sea Breezes.

By WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson After moderate and free flowing Sea Breezes from Thursday, June 11th to Saturday, June 13, Appalachian High pressure has built to the west and is working with Atlantic High pressure to place a large heat

Posted in Coastal Georgia, Coastal South Carolina, SouthEastern North Carolina

What is a short wave and how can it affect winds?

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by WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson. A “short wave” or “shortwave trough” by definition from NOAA is, “A disturbance in the mid or upper part of the atmosphere which induces upward motion ahead of it. If other conditions are favorable, the

Posted in Coastal South Carolina

SC/NC Piedmont Meso Low

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by WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson On May 19, 2015, the US National Weather Service in Columbia, SC tracked this on the visible satellite.  You can see the Low spin out of what looks like just a small area of clouding;

Posted in Coastal South Carolina, SouthEastern North Carolina

Time for an Audit of the Spring Time Sea Breeze in SC.

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By WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson. As we get into the latter part of the spring, we start to see hotter air masses continuing to surge into the SE Region. This prompts a higher rate of instability and thunder-storming along the Sea

Posted in Coastal South Carolina

Battle of the Outflow Boundaries

By WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson. On May 12, the US National Weather Service in Charleston, SC made a Facebook post to see what would happen when outflow boundaries collide. An “outflow boundary” is also known as a “gust front” and

Posted in Coastal South Carolina

Too early for tropical development off the SE coast? All eyes on the Gulf Stream.

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By WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson. We’re getting warmed up here in the pre-season and lots of sites are discussing possible  tropical development with all the model agreement. ECMWF (European), GFS (American) and CMC (Canadian) computer models all continue to have this

Posted in Coastal South Carolina

What happens in Florida, stays in Florida.

By WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson. Besides being a great place to visit with more miles of beach than any other state in the US  (663 miles to be exact), the title above actually eludes to a stagnant weather pattern that develops

Posted in Coastal Georgia, Coastal South Carolina

Drawing a line in the water.

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By WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson. Every spring during the warm surging of Southerly winds, forecasters along the coastal SE Region are plagued with quite a dilemma. It’s called “marine layering”.  This presents itself in subtle ways –  such as a

Posted in Coastal South Carolina

Gulf Stream surge brings the Cannonballs back early in 2015.

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By WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson. Original article from 5/6/14: http://blog.weatherflow.com/cannonball-jellyfish-signify-the-end-of-marine-layering-along-sc-coast/ Last year, we saw the Cannonball Jellyfish arrive as Sea Surface Temperatures (SST’s) climbed into the 70’s at the beginning of May. This year- they arrived earlier- specifically April 11th/12th along a

Posted in Coastal South Carolina