Category: Tidewater Virginia

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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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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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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