Category: Outer Banks

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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Mystery Fog Bank Drifts Into the SC Coast on 3/27/20.

By WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson written on 3/29/20. Lots of folks on the water (and meteorologists alike) saw a fog bank encroach the coastline late Friday afternoon and into the evening. It was rather peculiar because we generally would see a marine layer (fog) build along the coast as ambient air temps surpass the water…

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CAD Burn Down Event

By WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson 3/26/2020 Ever heard of CAD? It is a term in meteorology known as “cold air damming”, where cool dense air settles under an area of High pressure under a blanket of thick stratiform clouds (mid to low level clouds). Along the East Coast, we see that this cool body of…

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West Coast Wind Blog: Hurricane Irma… a little diversion from west coast winds.

Strongest Atlantic Hurricane ever in recorded history? Updated Wed. Sept 6, 2017 by Mike Godsey, mike AT iwindsurf.com   Update: This first video is the eye of Irma with average winds of 185 mph Tuesday Morning. Fox News has declared that Hurricane Irma is the strongest Atlantic hurricane in history while other meteorological sources say it is the…

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The 2017 Cape Verde Season Begins

By WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson 8/3/17 Tropics Update: The Cape Verde season is getting underway…with the NHC 8AM update giving a strong tropical wave coming off of Africa (#Invest99L) a 30% chance next 48hrs for development….and a 60% chance next 5 days. A break in the Saharan Air Layer (mid level desert dust) and a…

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Using Medium Range Computer Models for Guidance

By WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson Check out the GFS (American model) short to medium range forecast for the North Atlantic Ocean out to 384 hours (16 days). Notice the “H” bouncing around out there. This is the Bermuda-Azores High that waxes and wanes back and forth almost all summer long (and much the year). This…

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June Tropical Activity Stirring in the Atlantic Basin

By WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson The start of the Atlantic Basin hurricane season is June 1st and goes through November 30th each year. Typically, we might see a few small homegrown or near coastal systems develop along tail end of cold fronts…or warm, moist easterly trade winds helping spawn a few tropical waves into the western…

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West Coast Wind Blog: Far afield for a quick look at…

Super Cyclone Debbie by Mike Godsey, Pretty windy in much of the S. F. Bay Area today. But Kerry, one of the Weatherflow Bay Area meteorologist, has family near Airlee Beach Australia and it is really windy in that area today as super cyclone Debbie kept the nearest sensor above 100 knots. Here is some imagery from…

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Watching the Tropics in March Already.

By WeatherFlow meteorlogist Shea Gibson. There is a bit of a pre-season area of disturbance to be watching for in the tropical Atlantic basin… We are watching this area for Sunday through Tuesday in the western Atlantic as models are coming into more and more agreement for possible tropical activity. The area in question has…

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