Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Hurricane Isaias Makes Landfall Tonight Near Cape Fear, N.C.; Awaiting Any D.C. Area Impact

Wind-and-rain-lashed palmettos along Ocean Blvd, North Myrtle Beach, S.C., earlier tonight, Aug 3, 2020

My dad used to live very close to this spot, one of no fewer than a dozen places in the South -- from Florida to North Carolina to South Carolina and back to Florida -- in which he has lived, often (but not always) seashore towns.

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Raleigh / Durham NWS standard base reflectivity radar (RAX) - long range, looped 10:43 p.m. - 11:34 p.m. EDT
August 3, 2020

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So, Hurricane Isaias "officially" made landfall at 11:10 p.m. EDT Aug 3, 2020 at / near Ocean Beach Isle, N.C. -- just west of that old hurricane magnet of Cape Fear, N.C. -- as a category 1 hurricane with top sustained winds of 85 mph. In terms of this radar imagery, "official" landfall occurred about midway through this loop.

Turbulent surf by the Juno Beach Pier, Juno Beach, Fla., August 2, 2020

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The NHC put out this statement at the time of landfall …

NHC statement, 11:15 p.m. EDT August 3, 2020

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The NWS gave the following 1 a.m. EDT information:

A weather station on Johnny Mercer Pier at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, measured sustained winds of 67 mph (107km/h) and a gust to 84 mph (135 km/h) around 1200 AM EDT.

A wind gust to 63 mph (101 km/h) was recently reported at the New River Marine Corps Air Station in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

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RAX - long range, looped 11:11 p.m. EDT Aug 3, 2020 to 12:04 a.m. EDT Aug 4, 2020

In terms of this radar imagery, landfall occurred at the very start of the loop.

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So, on the assumption that what will be Tropical Storm Isaias will pass the Metro D.C. area within 100 miles -- and, perhaps as little as 50 miles -- east of here around 11 a.m. tomorrow (Tuesday), my plan is to trek down to Alexandria on the Metro with Gary and, possibly meeting Tim, walk to Jones Point.

SE CONUS sector NWS base reflectivity radar mosaic, looped 0248 - 0358 UTC 04 August 2020

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Baltimore / Washington NWS Forecast Office ("Sterling" or "LWX") county warning area (CWA) weather advisories map updated 12:50 a.m. EDT August 4, 2020

As I mentioned in my previous entry, the D.C. area proper is under a tropical storm warning.

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Wakefield NWSFO CWA weather advisories map,
12:45 a.m. EDT August 4, 2020

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Newport / Morehead City NWSFO ("MHX") CWA weather advisories map, updated 12:40 a.m. EDT August 4, 2020

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NWS U.S. weather advisories with legend,
0422 UTC 04 Aug 2020

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Just as a minute personal update, I had a nice dinner tonight with Tim at Joe's Restaurant. And I'm planning, as mentioned, on very locally "chasing" whatever bad weather we get from Tropical Storm Isaias tomorrow -- in Alexandria -- but right now, I need to go to sleep.

--Regulus

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