Tropical storms and hurricanes don’t often threaten the Georgia coast. Just recently, however, pre-season Tropical Storm Alberto did some saber rattling along the Georgia and Carolina shores. Admittedly, it was more of a cardboard saber than a real sword, but at least the action lured The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore to Charleston.

Now—-and remember, it’s still May and the Atlantic Hurricane season hasn’t even celebrated Opening Day—-the weather models are pretty much unanimous in suggesting yet another tropical or subtropical storm will make an appearance off the Southeast Coast within the next couple of days.

Two in May? How bizarre would that be? And when was the last time there was a storm threat, tropical style, over the Memorial Day Holiday? That’s supposed to be Labor Day stuff (a la Eyewall, getting in a plug for my novel), not Memorial Day.

So, maybe it’ll be Roll Out the Beryl(s) for the upcoming holiday weekend.

Never a dull moment in the weather business. (Except when I go on a tornado chase.)

-May 24, 2012-

IMAGE: Sunrise on St. Simons Island, Georgia.


  1. Jim Sutherland on May 24, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Wasn't Beryl the cause of the 500 year flood on the Flint River. I recall an insurance man, whose house was flooded up to the roof, and who was asked why he didn't have flood insurance. He responded that he couldn't get it, he was not in a flood zone.

  2. Buzz Bernard on May 24, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    That might have been T. S. Alberto (1994). It stalled over Georgia and poured rain on us for 40 days and 40 nights… well, at least for a week or so. Beryl visited us that year, too, but moved through the state rather quickly.

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