Tropical Storm Bertha Forecast Discussion Number 1

By | May 27, 2020

Issued at 830 AM EDT Wed May 27 2020


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Tropical Storm Bertha Special Discussion Number   1
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL022020
830 AM EDT Wed May 27 2020

The area of disturbed weather that NHC has been tracking over the 
past day or so has quickly become better organized this morning.  
The circulation has become better defined and the center has 
reformed beneath the area of deep convection just offshore of the 
coast of South Carolina. Recent NWS Doppler radar data from 
Charleston and buoy data indicates that the system is producing 
tropical-storm-force winds.  Therefore, advisories are being 
initiated on Tropical Storm Bertha.  The system will be moving 
inland very shortly and little, if any, additional strengthening is 
expected.  Once inland, the small tropical cyclone should weaken 
rapidly and dissipated over central North Carolina on Thursday.
 
There is very little continuity on the initial motion since the 
center has only recently formed.  The best estimate of the initial 
motion is 320/8 kt. The system should continue to move generally 
northwestward around the western side of a mid-level ridge located 
over the western Atlantic.  The track guidance is in good agreement 
on this scenario, and the NHC track forecast is close to a blend of 
the GFS and ECMWF models. 

Key Messages:

1. Bertha is expected to produce heavy rainfall across portions of 
eastern and central South Carolina, west-central to far 
southeastern North Carolina, and southwest Virginia.  This rainfall 
may produce life-threatening flash flooding.

2. Bertha is expected to bring tropical storm winds to portions of 
the South Carolina coast within the warning area in the next few 
hours. 

FORECAST POSITIONS AND MAX WINDS
 
INIT  27/1230Z 32.7N  79.4W   40 KT  45 MPH
 12H  27/1800Z 33.2N  80.0W   30 KT  35 MPH...INLAND
 24H  28/0600Z 35.8N  81.0W   20 KT  25 MPH...INLAND
 36H  28/1800Z...DISSIPATED
 
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Forecaster Brennan/Brown
 

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