Tropical Storm Colin formed early Saturday morning just off the coast of South Carolina, becoming the third named storm of the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season and threatening to drown out outdoor activities for the weekend. July 4th long.
The storm, something unexpected, formed a few hours later Tropical Storm Bonnie landed in Nicaragua.
Colin was expected to move slowly through the Carolinas over the weekend. At 5 a.m. Eastern Saturday, it had maximum sustained winds of nearly 40 mph and was located just inland above South Carolina.
Forecasters warn that tropical storm conditions are expected to hit South Carolina Saturday morning, and into North Carolina Saturday morning through Sunday. Heavy rain is expected, with up to 4 inches in some areas.
A tropical storm warning is in effect from South Santee River, SC, to Duck, NC
Hurricane season has passed a few weeks in the Atlantic, after Tropical Storm Alex, was established on June 5 and moved to South Florida shortly thereafter. Alex was the first named storm to be predicted as an “above normal” hurricane season. according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. If that prediction turns out to be true, 2022 will be the seventh consecutive year of an above-normal season.
This year, meteorologists predict the season – which runs until November 30 – will produce 14 to 21 named storms. Six to 10 of those are forecast to become hurricanes, and up to six of them are forecast to strengthen into major hurricanes, classified as Category 3 hurricanes with winds of at least 111 mph
Last year, there were 21 named storms, following 30 records in 2020. Over the past two years, meteorologists have exhausted the list of names used to identify hurricanes during the Atlantic hurricane season, another one-off event, in 2005.
The link between hurricanes and climate change is getting clearer every year. The data show that The storm has become stronger all over the world during the past four decades. A warming planet can expect stronger storms over time and a higher incidence of the strongest storms – although the total number of hurricanes could be reduced, because of factors such as shear strength. Stronger winds can prevent weaker storms from forming.
Hurricanes also become wetter due to more water vapor in the warmer atmosphere; Scientists have suggested storms like Hurricane Harvey in 2017 produces much more precipitation than would otherwise be possible for the human impact on the climate. In addition, rising sea levels also contribute to higher tides – the most destructive factor of tropical cyclones.