The reason we left Southport rather quickly was a tropical low that was threatening to become a "named storm" for which I would not be covered if I sustained damage while there after June 1. Of course after we left, the storm rose to the level deserving the name"Bonnie," then pretty much fizzled out after it made landfall and caused a little havoc in South Carolina. This wasn't exactly a surprise.
|Latest track of "Post Tropical Depression" Bonnie.|
One that I've started using more is the service Windity (https://www.windyty.com/). When this site was first brought to my attention a while ago, I thought it was kind of cute, but didn't really see how useful it could be. Since that time I've slowly determined that I can get a much better idea of the overall weather picture. Look at the winds, the waves, and weather. With data from their two different models you can get an idea of how things might play out over a several day period. Naturally, these are models and reality doesn't always follow the script, but I've found that this site can be quite a helpful tool. Recently I downloaded their Android phone application and found it to be equally useful and well set up for mobile use.
|The Windity model when the above forecast claims "Bonnie" |
will be here. You can see the low (even without a giant L)
and the wind estimate for my current location.
So, as a name, Bonnie looks to be a non-event for us. Windyty, however you pronounce it, is a weather tool worth keeping in your weather prediction arsenal.