Tropical Storm Arthur

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The first Tropical Storm of the season (named Arthur) formed south of Cuba on May 17, 2020. On Monday the 18th, it brushed eastern North Carolina and produced some heavy rain and wind gusts of 25-40 mph. Rainfall totals in eastern North Carolina: 4.92″ in six hours at Newport NC. 4.30″ Cape Carteret, 3.2″ Wanchese, 2.59″ Jacksonville, 2.48″ Beaufort, 1.58″ New Bern, 1.39″ Cape Hatteras. Peak winds were estimated to be 60 mph over the open ocean. Here was the final forecast path as the storm weakened to a depression as it moved south toward Bermuda:

Forecast path of Tropical Storm Arthur

A little perspective…much of West Michigan saw more rain than most of Eastern N.C. Here’s Michigan weather observations and North Carolina weather observations. Here’s North Carolina radar:

Click for latest Composite Reflectivity radar image from the Newport/Morehead, NC radar and current weather warnings

Here’s a satellite view of the storm as it was at its biggest:

Path of Arthur – May 17-19, 2020

Above is the path of Arthur from May 17 – 19, 2020

Tropical Storm/Hurricane names for 2020 in the Atlantic

Here’s the list of names for hurricanes and tropical storms in the Atlantic/Caribbean/Gulf of Mexico for 2020. We start with the letter “A” and move through the alphabet…no names are given with the letters “Q – U – X – Y – Z”.

Keep things in perspective. It’s possible that the Sunday/Sunday night storm here in West Michigan could bring stronger wind gusts and heavier rain than what Arthur will bring to eastern N. Carolina.

Tropical Cyclone Amphan Path

ALSO: A much bigger storm moved up the Bay of Bengal – Tropical Cyclone “Amphan”. This storm caused damage and significant flooding in far E. India and Bangladesh.

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