Mark Malsick pens a tongue-in-cheek weekly outlook from the SC State Climate Office that is a must-read for Carolinians. Mark’s humor brightens the day, and the information is a quick read that tells you as much as you need to know. All from the alps of Blythewood.
It feels like we are a duck in a shooting gallery at the county fair. Five storms and another in the wings. Luckily, we are not in the crosshairs of any storm, but this is only half way to the end of the hurricane season. We are not even done.
So many storms heading off of Africa. We wonder how long our luck can hold out.
If you don’t follow the SC State Climate Office, you are missing a daily email that amuses and informs. Mark Malsick turns out a nice letter that you will want to read, especially during the hurricane season. The climate office is part of SCDNR, which has developed a good web presence over the years. Enjoy!
The Cyclone of the Week offering today is Tropical Depression 11. At 5 AM this morning, no one cares but, TD 11 was 2520 miles east-southeast of Bucklick SC sashaying west-northwest at the prescribed 15 mph in the southern reaches of the subtropical high. The maximum sustained winds are guestimated at 35 mph. 11 is better organized this morning with a hint of spiral banding, upper outflow to the south, and an impressive morning burst of cold cloud tops, all indicating strengthening. The National Hurricane Center Cyclonoids make this a tropical storm in the next 36 hours and are scrambling to find the appropriate unpronounceable Aramaic name.
The latest model runs have TD 11 on a recurving fishstorm track into the central Atlantic and falling apart near Bermuda by next Wednesday. Given the big ocean theory, the Prudent Mariner keeps a weather eye to the east until TD 11, or its remnants, are passed and opening or, … in France. Elsewhere over the North Atlantic, Caribbean and GoMex untoward tropical storm formation is not expected in the next 5-7 days. -Mark Malsick