Category: Southeastern North Carolina

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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Hurricane Isaias Leaves Its Signature on Weatherflow Stations

 by Meteorologist, Kerry Challoner Anderson Hurricanes don’t come calling often but when they do Weatherflow wants to gather as much data as possible to aid in the study and mitigation of these storms.  With our extensive network of stations, we were able to capture Hurricane Isaias as it rolled up the Eastern Seaboard on August…

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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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Proposed Coastal Waters Forecast Enhancements – The NWS is looking for our input.

No matter our coastal sport of choice, whether kiteboarding, windsurfing, fishing, sailing, surfing the old-fashioned way, etc., the nature and quality of our day depends heavily on wind direction and speed and wave height, direction, and period. This blog addresses an effort by the NWS to improve the quality and usefulness of their Coastal Waters…

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Tornado Outbreak in SC on 4/13/2020: Intermittent Long Track Tornado Shows EF-2 Winds at a WeatherFlow Sensor

Update 4/27/20: Per the US National Weather Service Charleston, SC: “The Hampton County, SC tornado from 4/13 has been upgraded to an EF-4 tornado. It becomes the first F/EF-4 on record in the Lowcountry region of SC and the first F/EF-4 tornado in SC since 11/7/1995 (Marion County).” On Monday morning, April 13th, we saw…

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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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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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