Sunday, May 27, 2012

Tropical Storm Beryl: May 27, Update B

Beryl is on the verge of making landfall in the Jacksonville area and part of her rather large eye is already creeping over land. The center is officially at 30.2N, 81.1W and she continues to move generally westward at 7mph so she will be completely inland by the time we wake up from our beauty sleep tomorrow.  They sent in another plane this evening and, as I thought, it found increased wind speeds so they increased her winds to 70mph (central pressure 993mb), which makes her a very strong Tropical Storm (range: 39-73mph). However she is already looking weaker than she did this afternoon and she is already about to make landfall so she won’t be a hurricane (phew!).

Although there is not a lot of convection in Beryl, her outer rain bands have already brought a few dollops (technical term ;-)) of rain across Florida, Georgia and have reached as far north as Savannah. I’d like to thank Beryl for doing such a lovely job cleaning the outside of my car. Here is a satellite picture showing where and what sort of convection she has:

The areas in white are light clouds, the areas in blue are just thick clouds but no rain, the yellow is just rain, no thunderstorms. From John, who is in Folkston, in Georgia, just NW of Jacksonville: “light rain, light breeze, some sun at 7:55 PM”.

That’s all for today folks.
Stay safe!

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DISCLAIMER: These remarks are just what I think/see regarding tropical storms - not the opinion of any organization I represent. If you are making an evacuation decision, please heed your local emergency management and the National Hurricane Center's official forecast and the National Weather Service announcements. This is not an official forecast. If I "run away, run away" (Monty Python), I'll let you know.

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