Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Breezy to Windy

Morning Clouds to Slowly Thin
Winter is winding down as spring is scheduled to begin in 1 day (Wed, Mar 20 at 5:58 pm EDT). Strong NE winds have developed over the ocean and are resulting in blustery conditions over the inland areas. Winds along the coast could exceed 30 mph at times today with lesser velocities further inland. This is aggravating the already elevated high tides due to the upcoming super moon. The high tide cycles through tomorrow night will be at or above the flooding level of 9.3 feet. Temperatures today will remain well below the normal high of 72 for this time of the year, only rising into the lower 60s. See the TEMPERATURE FORECAST. The clouds will slowly thin throughout the day with filter sunshine by late morning and a partly to mostly sunny sky by later in the afternoon. The nearly full moon should be visible tonight. The winds will remain somewhat blustery throughout today and into tonight. See the CLOUDS & WIND FORECAST for your area. This cool weather pattern will persist through most of this week with warmer condition to return by the weekend and next week.
A complete & comprehensive meteorological discussion is available from the National Weather Service, Charleston

Upcoming Full Moon and Very High Tides With the upcoming 3rd and last 'Super moon' of the year this week and the combination of strong northeasterly fetch of winds that is developing over the Atlantic, the high tide cycles through Wednesday could exceed the flood criteria, both for the morning and evening times, particularly Tuesday & Wednesday. Be on the alert for possible road closures in those tidal flooding prone areas. Tuesday morning, the tide reached 9.4 feet around 7 am. Flooding usually begins around 9.3 feet.

Pat's 6 Week Weather Outlook

Mar 19-Mar 26
Much Below Normal
Normal High = 72 ... Low = 49
Precip: Below Normal
(Normal = 0.77" per week)
Mar 27-Apr 2
Slightly Above Normal
Normal High = 74 ... Low = 50
Precip: Around Normal
(Normal = 0.91" per week)
Apr 3-Apr 9
Slightly Above Normal
Normal High = 75 ... Low = 51
Precip: Around Normal
(Normal = 0.77" per week)

Apr 10-Apr 16
Slightly Above Normal
Normal High = 77 ... Low = 53
Precip: Around Normal
(Normal = 0.77" per week)
Apr 17-Apr 23
Slightly Above Normal
Normal High = 78 ... Low = 54
Precip: Slightly Below Normal
(Normal = 0.70" per week)
Apr 24-Apr 30
Around Normal
Normal High = 80 ... Low = 56
Precip: Slightly Above Normal
(Normal = 0.63" per week)

This is a new product that I have been watching from Tropical Tidbits Climate Models. This is not a forecast but just an 'outlook'. Keep in mind, the 7 day period is the average of those days with some days above the values and other could be below the values. This is used to get a better idea as to what to expect (maybe).

Heavenly Backyard Astronomy

The Moon Tuesday Night
March 19, 2019
Waxing Gibbous Moon
The nearly full moon late Tuesday night around midnight. It will be full Wednesday evening at exactly 9:43 pm. This is the last of the 3 super full moon of the year. This is also producing the elevated high tides (along with the steady fetch of NE winds along the Atlantic). This is also known as the 'Worm' Moon as the earthworms are waking up from their winter sleep and are burrowing through the softening soils. For more of my astro pics, please visit my astronomy blog. Click on the image for a larger view.

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