Category: Outer Banks

2016 Tropics Update: Eastern Atlantic Basin Becoming Active

by WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson As we head into the last half of August, we typically begin to see the Atlantic basin become more active along the ITCZ (Intertropical Convergence Zone) and other areas such as the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico.  Right now there are 3 areas being monitored as activity has ramped up…

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Wet Macroburst in Chandler, AZ shows 116mph winds.

By WeatherFlow Meteorologist Shea Gibson Ever been in a thunderstorm and a sudden burst of strong winds and rain comes down at the same time? This is called a “wet microburst”, which packs quite a punch when it comes to the strong winds associated with them. They can be particularly dangerous for airplanes and can…

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Water Footprints of TS Bonnie and TS Colin 2016

by WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson Here is the NASA SPoRT Center Sea Surface Temperature loop that goes from May 20 to present. Notice the cool water up-welling eddies in the Gulf Stream off of the Southeast coast created by both ‪Tropical Storm Bonnie‬ and ‪Tropical Storm Colin‬. We could say “footprints” over the water in this…

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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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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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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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Joaquin continues to surprise.

‬ By WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson. Joaquin is now a hurricane and could very well become a major hurricane in the next day or so.  As of 8am this morning on September 30, 2015, winds are up to 75mph and pressure down to 970mb’s. Movement SW at 6mph towards the Bahamas. Models currently still trend westwards…

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