Category: Northeast Florida

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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Tropics Becoming More Active Across the Atlantic Basin

By WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson on 7/20/2020 at ~9:00PM ET. 7/20/2020 Monday 8PM Tropics Update: We are starting to climb into the more active portion of the hurricane season and will begin to see more activity in all areas of the Atlantic basin including now the MDR (main development region). Here are the 3 main…

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Atlantic Basin Getting Primed for Tropical Activity.

By WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson 7/19/2020 Well here we are in the middle of July with several areas of the Atlantic basin warming up to optimal sea surface temperatures that support tropical cyclone development.  The magic number for tropical cyclone development is not exact, but is generally pinned right around 26°C or 78.8°F or above….

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Saharan Air Layer June 2020

By WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson 6/30/2020 Well the Sahara Air Layer sure made the news with quite a dazzle this past month (June 2020), but just know that this is normal to see these giant plumes of dust aloft at the mid levels stretch across the Atlantic basin all the way to parts of the…

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Pacific named storm crossing into the Atlantic basin? Likely will not keep the name, but could threaten the Gulf Coast in time. We explain.

By WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson on Sunday May 31, 2020. Earlier this morning, the first named storm of the seasoned formed in the eastern north Pacific: Tropical Storm Amanda Winds 35kts gusting to 45kts As of 4PM CDT today from the NHC Eastern Pacific, the storm became a remnant low and the last advisory was…

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Sneaky Outflow Boundary Creates Forecast Complications

By meteorologist Shea Gibson 4/11/2020 On Wednesday, April 8 we had a unique event occur in the morning that goes to show how complex weather systems can totally change a wind forecast very quickly. Specifically, the Tidewater and OBX locales were substantially affected by what is known as an “outflow boundary” or “gust front” for…

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