Wednesday May 27 2020
The second named tropical system of the year just made landfall near Mount Pleasant South Carolina. Tropical Storm Bertha has quickly increased winds to 50 mph, but the wind field is only 25 miles from the center. A Tropical Storm Warning is in place between Edisto Beach to South Santee River along the South Carolina Coast.
This compact storm is about to impact a larger area with a feeder band across Florida the is keeping the NASA/Space X Rocket Launch in jeopardy today. Rain is expected into Maryland tomorrow.
Here is a look at two satellite loops and the forecast maps.
Tropical Storm Betha
Tropical Storm Bertha IR Satellite Loop
National Hurricane Center Report From 11 AM
----------------------------------------------- LOCATION...33.3N 79.5W ABOUT 40 MI...65 KM NE OF CHARLESTON SOUTH CAROLINA MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...50 MPH...85 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT...N OR 350 DEGREES AT 15 MPH...24 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1005 MB...29.68 INCHES
Visible Satellite Loop
Surface Map and Regional Impact
While the surface Low is off of the South Carolina coast, there is a feeder band developing thunderstorms across central Florida. Rain is not the concern for the NASA/Space X Rocket Launch, but any risk of lightning would cause a delay.
Doppler Radar At Noon
There is a Special Marine Warning off of the coast of Cape Canaveral. Given the heavy rain inland moving towards the coast, it may be hard to fit the rocket launch in today.
NASA Live Streaming Video Coverage
The weather is not promising, but if there is a window to launch you can watch it on this Live Stream from NASA
Forecast For Maryland/Pennsylvania Rain Impact
The European Model shows the core passing into West Virgina, but tropical moisture will get pulled into central Maryland buy Thursday morning.
National Hurricane Center: Forecast Track –
Here we see a quick demise to depression status, with the center passing into West Virginia.
National Hurricane Center: Forecast Winds –
This is a small storm and will lose intensity inland. So the wind impact will be minimal across eastern South Carolina and east of Charlotte, NC.
Excessive Rain Risk
A general 2 to 4 inches of rain is expected across the region, but isolated sots up to 8 inches is possible near the landfall spot.
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