Wednesday May 27 2020

The second named tropical system of the year just made landfall near Mount Pleasant South Carolina. Tropical Storm Bertha has quickly increased winds to 50 mph, but the wind field is only 25 miles from the center. A Tropical Storm Warning is in place between Edisto Beach to South Santee River along the South Carolina Coast.

This compact storm is about to impact a larger area with a feeder band across Florida the is keeping the NASA/Space X Rocket Launch in jeopardy today. Rain is expected into Maryland tomorrow.

Here is a look at two satellite loops and the forecast maps.

Tropical Storm Betha

May 27 weather Tropical Storm Bertha 11 AM Wednesday


Tropical Storm Bertha IR Satellite Loop



National Hurricane Center Report From 11 AM

LOCATION...33.3N 79.5W


Visible Satellite Loop



Surface Map and Regional Impact

While the surface Low is off of the South Carolina coast, there is a feeder band developing thunderstorms across central Florida. Rain is not the concern for the NASA/Space X Rocket Launch, but any risk of lightning would cause a delay.

May 27 weather Tropical Storm Bertha analysis Wednesday 11 AM


Doppler Radar At Noon

There is a Special Marine Warning off of the coast of Cape Canaveral. Given the heavy rain inland moving towards the coast, it may be hard to fit the rocket launch in today.

May 27 weather florida radar rocket launch



NASA Live Streaming Video Coverage 

The weather is not promising, but if there is a window to launch you can watch it on this Live Stream from NASA



Forecast For Maryland/Pennsylvania Rain Impact

The European Model shows the core passing into West Virgina, but tropical moisture will get pulled into central Maryland buy Thursday morning.

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Forecast Maps

National Hurricane Center: Forecast Track –

Here we see a quick demise to depression status, with the center passing into West Virginia.

May 27 weather Tropical Storm Bertha forecast Track


National Hurricane Center: Forecast Winds –

This is a small storm and will lose intensity inland. So the wind impact will be minimal across eastern South Carolina and east of Charlotte, NC.

May 27 weather Tropical Storm Bertha wind forecast


Excessive Rain Risk

A general 2 to 4 inches of rain is expected across the region, but isolated sots up to 8 inches is possible near the landfall spot.

May 27 weather Tropical Storm Bertha excessive rain forecast


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