Minor weather system in SW Atlantic

GOES-16 satellite image showing the weak disturbance situated off the Southeast coast. Click or tap image for full-size.

GOES-16 satellite image showing the weak disturbance situated off the Southeast coast. Click or tap image for full-size.

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!

M. Sudduth

2:15 pm ET May 5


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About Mark Sudduth

Greetings! I am Mark Sudduth, the founder and editor of HurricaneTrack.com. The site began in 1999 as a way to post info concerning tropical storms and hurricanes for any interested visitors. Little did I know how big it would become in the years since. Now, we have millions of visitors from all over the world who have come to rely on the site as a no non-sense, tell it like it is resource for all things hurricane related. We are supported by a combination of corporate sponsors and our loyal Client Services members who subscribe to premium content on our sister site, premium.hurricanetrack.com. I am married with six energetic and intelligent children and live in southeast North Carolina. I graduated UNC-Wilmington in 1995 with a BA in Geography and have studied the effects of hurricanes on our society ever since.

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