T.S Alberto May 19-22
T.S. Beryl May 25-30
Cat 1 Chris Jun19-22
T.S. Debby Jun23-27
Cat 1 Ernesto Aug01-10
T.S Florence Aug4-6
Cat2 Gordon Aug16-Aug20
T.S Helene Aug9-18
Cat1 Isaac Aug21-Sept1
T.S Joyce Aug22-24
Cat2 Kirk Aug28-Sept2
Cat1 Leslie Aug30-Sept11
Cat3 Michael Sept3-11
Cat1 Nadine Sep11-Oct4
TS Oscar Oct3-5
TS Patty Oct11-13
Cat1 Rafael Oct12-17
Cat2 Sandy Oct22 --
T.S. Tony Oct22 --


ACTIVITY 2012 Tropical Storm Season through Aug 27               19 Named Storms    10 Hurricanes    1 Major Storms (Cat 3+)
PREDICTIONS for 2012 Tropical Storm Season Named StormsHurricanesMajor Storms
National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) Issued May 9-154-81-3
Colorado State University (CSU) Issued Apr 20121042
Tropical Storm Risk (TSR) University College London Issued May1363
Accuweather Predictions Issued May 1252
Weather Services International (WSI)Issued May 1162
HISTORICAL Tropical Storm Seasons                                                         Named StormsHurricanesMajor Storms
Average 1981-2010 (basis for "Normal Season")1263
Average 1950-2011 (per The Weather Channel)1273
Average 1995-2011 (per The Weather Channel)1584
Record Low/High4 Low/28 High2 Low/15 High0 Low/8 High

      Current Local and UTC/GMT Time     

Hurricane Sandy
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Source Credit: Wunderground - Tropical
Source Credit: Wunderground - Tropical

Source Credit: Wunderground - Tropical

Source Credit: NHC - NOAA
Source Credit: NHC - NOAA

Source Credit: NHC - NOAA


Tropical Storm Tony
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Source Credit: Wunderground - Tropical
Source Credit: Wunderground - Tropical

Source Credit: Wunderground - Tropical

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Buoy Data for Station FBIS1 - Folly Island, SC (32.68N 79.89W)
Click on the following links:
Folly Beach Surf Cam
Wind Jammer
Kiawah Island Source Credit: Earth Cam
Morris Island Source Credit:Folly Beach Surf Can
(Difficult to load - you may have better luck)
Folly Surf Cam Source Credit: Surfline
Folly Beach Washout Source Credit: Surfline

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Click For Forecast
Buoy Data for Station 41033 - Fripp Nearshore (FRP 2)
32.28N 80.41W Off Shore Buoy
Fripp Island, SC
(Refreshes every 10 minutes)


Click For Forecast

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  • Invest - Area of Investigation by NHC. Generally a tropical wave/area of low pressure. Numbered from 90-99 (numbers repeat). Atlantic invests have the "L" designation, ie; 96L (When speaking of only the Atlantic Basic, the "L" is often dropped)
  • NHC - National Hurricane Center
  • NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • SAL - The Saharan Air Layer (SAL) is a dry and sometimes dust-laden layer of air moving from the Sahara Desert region of North Africa, out over the ocean. Findings to date indicate that the iron-rich dust particles which often occur within the SAL reflect solar radiation, thus cooling the atmosphere. The particles also reduce the amount of sunlight reaching the ocean, thus reducing the amount of heating of the ocean. They also tend to increase condensation as they drift into the marine layer below, but not precipitation as the drops formed are too small to fall and tend not to readily coelesce. These tiny drops are subsequently more easily evaporated as they move into drier air laterally or dry air mixes down from the SAL aloft. Research on aerosols also shows that the presence of small particles in air tends to suppress winds. The SAL has also been observed to suppress the development of tropical cyclones, which may be related directly to these factors.
  • SST - Warm ocean water at 80F (26.5C) is needed down to a depth of at least 160 ft (50 m)to cause the overlying atmosphere to be unstable enough to sustain convection and thunderstorms. The hotter the water, the greater the effect.

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Tropical System Categories

Tropical Depression
Tropical Storm 39-73mph
Cat 1 74-95mph
Cat 2 96-110mph
Cat 3 111-130 mph(Major)
Cat 4 131-155mph
Cat 5 >155mph

Map of Caribbean and Bahamas


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11:00 11.00am 12:00 Noon 16:00 4.00pm
12:00 Noon 13:00 1.00pm 17:00 5.00pm
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17:00 5.00pm 18:00 6.00pm 22:00 10.00pm
18:00 6.00pm 19:00 7.00pm 23:00 11.00pm
19:00 7.00pm 20:00 8.00pm 00:00 Midnight
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23:00 11.00pm 00:00 Midnight 04:00 4.00am
00:00 Midnight 01:00 1.00am 05:00 5.00am


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I am new to this, however there are many resources on the web (some listed below). Basically Google Earth is a program that runs independently of your browser (Internet Explorer, FireFox, Google Chrome, etc) In fact, it may be a separate browser. The program uses files in the KML or KMZ format, so when you are loading a file into your Google Earth, it will have a 'dot'KML or 'dot' KMZ with the file name. I am including some that may be of interest to you (just click the link), but first you will have to have downloaded the Google Earth Program.

Basic Links to Google Earth and resources

Click on the following files and choose open with Google Earth or Save


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Kate In Charleston 2011