Tropical Storm Alberto

By: hcubed , 2:23 AM GMT on May 21, 2012

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A brief history:

1. TROPICAL STORM ALBERTO ADVISORY NUMBER 1

500 PM EDT SAT MAY 19 2012

...FIRST TROPICAL STORM OF THE ATLANTIC SEASON FORMS OFF THE COAST OF SOUTH CAROLINA...


SUMMARY OF 500 PM EDT...2100 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...32.2N 77.7W
ABOUT 140 MI...225 KM ESE OF CHARLESTON SOUTH CAROLINA
ABOUT 120 MI...190 KM S OF CAPE FEAR NORTH CAROLINA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...45 MPH...75 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...SW OR 220 DEGREES AT 3 MPH...6 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1007 MB...29.74 INCHES

From there:

TROPICAL STORM ALBERTO TROPICAL CYCLONE UPDATE

650 PM EDT SAT MAY 19 2012

...SHIP INDICATES ALBERTO IS STRONGER...

REPORTS FROM A SHIP NEAR THE CENTER OF ALBERTO INDICATE THAT THE CYCLONE IS STRONGER THAN PREVIOUSLY ESTIMATED. BASED PRIMARILY ON THE PRESSURE DATA... MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NOW ESTIMATED TO BE
60 MPH... 95 KM/H. LITTLE CHANGE IN STRENGTH IS EXPECTED OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS AND NO CHANGES TO THE OFFICIAL FORECAST ARE REQUIRED AT THIS TIME.


SUMMARY OF 650 PM...2250 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...32.2N 77.9W
ABOUT 130 MI...210 KM ESE OF CHARLESTON SOUTH CAROLINA
ABOUT 120 MI...190 KM S OF CAPE FEAR NORTH CAROLINA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...60 MPH...95 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...SW OR 220 DEGREES AT 3 MPH...6 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...995 MB...29.38 INCHES

makes it to 60mph. And then, the US threats began:

TROPICAL STORM ALBERTO ADVISORY NUMBER 2

1100 PM EDT SAT MAY 19 2012

...TROPICAL STORM WATCH ISSUED ALONG THE SOUTH CAROLINA COAST...

SUMMARY OF 1100 PM EDT...0300 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...31.8N 78.5W
ABOUT 110 MI...180 KM SE OF CHARLESTON SOUTH CAROLINA
ABOUT 155 MI...250 KM E OF SAVANNAH GEORGIA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...50 MPH...85 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...SW OR 235 DEGREES AT 6 MPH...9 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...998 MB...29.47 INCHES

Weaker, but was moving SW, so something to watch:

TROPICAL STORM ALBERTO INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER 2A

200 AM EDT SUN MAY 20 2012

...ALBERTO DRIFTING TOWARD THE SOUTHEAST U.S. COAST...

SUMMARY OF 200 AM EDT...0600 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...31.8N 78.8W
ABOUT 105 MI...170 KM SE OF CHARLESTON SOUTH CAROLINA
ABOUT 145 MI...235 KM E OF SAVANNAH GEORGIA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...50 MPH...85 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...SW OR 235 DEGREES AT 6 MPH...9 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...998 MB...29.47 INCHES

Still a slight threat - to South Carolina:

TROPICAL STORM ALBERTO ADVISORY NUMBER 3

500 AM EDT SUN MAY 20 2012

...ALBERTO CHANGES LITTLE IN STRENGTH...

SUMMARY OF 500 AM EDT...0900 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...31.7N 78.9W
ABOUT 100 MI...160 KM SE OF CHARLESTON SOUTH CAROLINA
ABOUT 130 MI...210 KM ESE OF SAVANNAH GEORGIA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...50 MPH...85 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...WSW OR 245 DEGREES AT 6 MPH...9 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...998 MB...29.47 INCHES

Well, there's a turn to the WSW:

TROPICAL STORM ALBERTO INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER 3A

800 AM EDT SUN MAY 20 2012

...ALBERTO MOVING SLOWLY WEST-SOUTHWESTWARD...NOT EXPECTED TO STRENGTHEN...

SUMMARY OF 800 AM EDT...1200 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...31.7N 79.3W
ABOUT 95 MI...150 KM SSE OF CHARLESTON SOUTH CAROLINA
ABOUT 115 MI...185 KM ESE OF SAVANNAH GEORGIA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...50 MPH...85 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...WSW OR 245 DEGREES AT 6 MPH...9 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...998 MB...29.47 INCHES

good - not expecting much stronger:

TROPICAL STORM ALBERTO ADVISORY NUMBER 4

1100 AM EDT SUN MAY 20 2012

...ALBERTO WEAKENS A LITTLE...AIR FORCE RECONNAISSANCE WILL INVESTIGATE THE SYSTEM THIS AFTERNOON...

SUMMARY OF 1100 AM EDT...1500 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...31.5N 79.7W
ABOUT 90 MI...150 KM S OF CHARLESTON SOUTH CAROLINA
ABOUT 90 MI...150 KM ESE OF SAVANNAH GEORGIA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...45 MPH...75 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...WSW OR 250 DEGREES AT 6 MPH...9 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1000 MB...29.53 INCHES

even weaker - that's good. And scheduled for a visit:

TROPICAL STORM ALBERTO INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER 4A

200 PM EDT SUN MAY 20 2012

...AIR FORCE HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT APPROACHING ALBERTO...

SUMMARY OF 200 PM EDT...1800 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...31.3N 79.9W
ABOUT 95 MI...155 KM SE OF SAVANNAH GEORGIA
ABOUT 110 MI...180 KM S OF CHARLESTON SOUTH CAROLINA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...45 MPH...75 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...WSW OR 245 DEGREES AT 6 MPH...9 KM/H

and then the threat is gone:

TROPICAL STORM ALBERTO ADVISORY NUMBER 5

500 PM EDT SUN MAY 20 2012

...TROPICAL STORM WATCH ALONG THE SOUTH CAROLINA COAST IS DISCONTINUED...

SUMMARY OF 500 PM EDT...2100 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...30.9N 80.0W
ABOUT 105 MI...170 KM SE OF SAVANNAH GEORGIA
ABOUT 130 MI...210 KM S OF CHARLESTON SOUTH CAROLINA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...45 MPH...75 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...SW OR 235 DEGREES AT 6 MPH...9 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1006 MB...29.71 INCHES
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1000 MB...29.53 INCHES

*** So the first storm of the season is no longer a threat to the US.

Makes us 1-0-0.

I suppose the counters are having a thrill, trying to tie this to the Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming, and the evil CO2. Or is this just weather?

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Living in Biloxi MS, have been here since '85 (first Hurricane was Elena).

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