It’s early May and that means it’s almost hurricane season again. Most people who read this blog know this and keep up with things on a regular basis. It’s almost time and wouldn’t you know it, we have a little something to talk about before things officially get started in a few weeks.
A surface trough of low pressure, which is essentially a focusing point for air to come together and rise, creating showers and some thunderstorms, is interacting with cold air in the upper levels of the atmosphere – an upper level low. All of this has combined to produce an interesting but rather harmless storm system off the Southeast coast of the U.S. and extending down in to the Caribbean Sea.
Nothing about the current pattern favors additional pure tropical development but the feature is forecast by the global models to bring showers and maybe some heavier pockets of rain to extreme eastern North Carolina over the next day or so as a cold front sweeps in from the west, further adding moisture to the environment.
It will make for some gray skies, rain and maybe rougher than usual beach conditions but nothing more. Let it serve to remind us that hurricane season is near and yes, we do need to be aware and ready in case something of a more pressing nature comes our way. For now, this system is worthy of mentioning and so I have and thus, I wish you a great rest of your weekend!
2:15 pm ET May 5