Category: Coastal Georgia

Is El Niño finished?

by WeatherFlow Meteorologist Shea Gibson As many now, we had quite a strong El Niño develop in the central and eastern Pacific Ocean as Sea Surface temperatures soared to 3.1°C above normal (tying the previous record from 1997).  Normal is considered as 28°C or ~82.4°F. The focus now is shifting towards a La Nina this year, in…

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Tropics Waking Up Early for Hurricane Season 2016?

by WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson We are already watching for potential tropical development along the SE Region just a week before the start of the Hurricane Season 2016 that begins June 1st and runs through November 30th.  With Atlantic basin waters warming up and overall air temps on the rise, we sometimes begin to see areas…

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Sea Breezing from NC to Louisiana

by WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson It’s getting warmer in the SE Region. which means our Sea Breezes are becoming more pronounced. Very visible on satellite imagery today! Wanna see something “cool”? Check out the Sea Breeze lines showing all along the Carolina Coast and down in Florida this afternoon keeping air temps down a few…

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Never Forget the Short Wave!

By WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson In weather, the “Northeast Wedge” is no unfamiliar guest to us that live along the Eastern seaboard of the United States that see elongated periods of driving NE winds and beach erosional processes. We frequently see the wedge setup as High pressures position themselves to the north in a winter-like pattern and…

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Cannonballs Fire the First Warming Shot

By WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson. Each year, I enjoy finding out when the Cannonball Jellyfish arrive in the Charleston, SC area.  Other than being a delicacy sushi grade for Asian countries… or another one of those things that go “bump” in our dark murky waters (but don’t worry – they don’t sting), they signify a couple…

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Those Tricky Fronts – You Can’t Hide!

by WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson How do we know where cold fronts are actually located? Sometimes using radar scans and satellite imagery can be confusing and “cloud” the issue (below pic using the GRE radar with Water Vapor) But other times, it’s as easy as using our own weather station mesonet (which also provides air temps/pressures…

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El Niño weakening. What does this mean for the SE/East Coast for winds?

by WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson Oceanic Niño Index (ONI) values suggest that El Nino region 3.4 is cooling. Current anomalic value is at +2.076, which means that El Nino is now showing signs of weakening as Sea Surface Temps there have fallen the lowest since August 2015. The prediction is for SST’s continuing to fall, with Neutral phasing…

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Sea Breezes in the Southeast Region: Part III – Development and Anatomy

By WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson. In Part I, we discussed the general understanding of how Sea Breezes work. In Part II, we looked at the different classifications of Sea Breezes and how each one works. Now, in Part III, we move on to more advanced parts of the Sea Breeze. We’ll take a look at how…

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2015 Fall Marine Layering Starts

By WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson Well it’s that time of the year for “marine layering” again as water temps have cooled to the upper 60’s to near 70°.  I’ve been recording when marine layering starts for the last 2 years in order to further document the initiating time periods. In the 2013, it started on Friday,…

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El Niño Wind Prediction for the US East Coast.

By WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson. What is El Niño and how will it affect our East Coast wind pattern? El Niño is basically the warming of the equatorial Pacific. Specifically for the effects it causes us in the United States, it’s the warming of water surface temps above normal along the eastern Equatorial Pacific. The higher sea surface…

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