Category: Southeast & Gulf

Temperature Inversions – What, How, and Why?

Have you ever heard a meteorologist talk about an “inversion”? Or maybe you read about a “low-level inversion” in a National Weather Service forecast discussion and wondered what that means? If so, you’re in luck. Let’s break down what a temperature inversion is, how it forms and “breaks”, and why it matters to wind sports…

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Cloud Streeting

By WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson on 11/22/2020. This is what cool Canadian northerly air diving down over warmer Atlantic waters looks like. It is called “horizonal convective rolling” or “cloud streeting” where cool, condensed air sinks over a more buoyant, warm and moist environment that is capped at the surface. The thermal lifting process then…

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Subsidence and How it Can Affect Winds

We hear the term “subsidence” is weather every once in  awhile. But what is it? To understand that, we have to know that it is usually associated with robust areas, or “domes” of High pressure. Warm moist air that has been lifted high up in the atmosphere by cold fronts and/or central Low pressure(s) eventually…

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Hurricane Delta Rapid Intensification 10/5/20 – 10/6/20

By WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson 10/6/20 This year has certainly shown a very active hurricane season, and it is not over officially until November 30th. We are currently in the Greek alphabet on Hurricane Delta, which has exploded in strength over the last 36 hours. As of 8AM Monday morning (10/5/20), winds were only at…

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Understanding Hurricane Names in the Atlantic Basin

By WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson on 9/9/2020 We certainly had a tough time this year pronouncing the name “Isaias”, which led to several meteorologists stumbling over the name at least once or twice during discussions. But this also sparked interest in how these names are picked, what other names are on the list and how…

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End of August 2020 and Tropics Heating up Again.

By WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson on 8/30/2020 We have certainly see quite a bit of activity in the month of June, including a US landfall over western Lousiana by a major CAT 4 Hurricane Laura on Thursday, August 27, 2020. Many records have been broken this year with getting to early names in the alphabet…

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Potentially Unsurvivable Storm Surge from Hurricane Laura

by Meteorologist, Kerry Challoner Anderson As Hurricane Laura approaches the Louisiana and Texas coasts, it brings with it the potential for producing devastating storm surge.  Storm surge is created when sustained strong winds flow across an ocean for an extended time period.  Those winds push against the water, and since the liquid is free to…

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