Category: Southeastern North Carolina

SAL-ty Atlantic: The Saharan Air Layer Part III

by WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson. As a quick recap, The Intertropical Convergence Zone where tropical storms form, or the “ITCZ”,  is heavily impacted by the Saharan Air Layer (or “SAL”), which is a dust layer off the western African coast along the lower and mid levels of the atmosphere. This dry, dusty more stable air rides just over the…

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SAL-ty Atlantic: The Saharan Air Layer Part II

by WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson For SAL-ty Atlantic Part I of this series, please see: http://blog.weatherflow.com/sal-ty-atlantic-the-saharan-air-layer/ For SAL-ty Atlantic Part III of this series, please see: http://blog.weatherflow.com/sal-ty-atlantic-part-iii/ So far, the Atlantic Season has seen two named storms: CAT 2 Hurricane Arthur –  which formed off the SE coast and made landfall over coastal NC… and Hurricane Bertha,…

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SAL-ty Atlantic: The Saharan Air Layer

by WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson 6/25/14 See part II of this series here: http://blog.weatherflow.com/sal-ty-atlantic-the-saharan-air-layer-part-ii/ See part III of this series here: http://blog.weatherflow.com/sal-ty-atlantic-part-iii/ The “Dusty Tongue” of the Sahara keeps the northern ITCZ and Eastern Caribbean dried out through June 2014. The Saharan Air Layer, or SAL, is fed by Easterly mid-level jetting over the deserts of Africa…

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Subtropical Ridging effects in the SE Region.

by WeatherFlow meteorologist Shea Gibson From April 11 – April 14, High pressure entered from the Gulf, expanded across FL/GA and out into the Atlantic north of Bermuda, where it slightly built around the center and then became flattened by two areas of troughing to the north and south. To the north, a stronger frontal…

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Baja Guide

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Fluky Conditions in VA

Just caught a good example in the VA area of conditions that reflect two of my staple bullet points in synoptic setups such as the one we are seeing today.  (*Heads up for fluky conditions / shifty directions as each synoptic feature changes position / gains and or loses influence) and (*Showers and or thunderstorms…

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Blocking High Pressure by Dave Breckenridge

The recent synoptic setup lately provides us with a good example of a blocking high entrenched out in the Atlantic.  A blocking high is simply an area of high pressure that is relatively stationary for an extended period of time. The series of surface maps below show the blocking high staying put through Saturday morning as it…

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WeatherFlow Blog- Meteorologist Saved Days

This is where our Meteorologists will post topics for their discussion and to share concepts that we observe and help better understand the complexities of predicting winds in the areas that we focus on.   Not all posts will have answers, but all are aimed at stimulating discussion.   If you wish to comment on…

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