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Models are starting to notice trof in the Gulf. Could become yet another TD-like system this weekend, even if not named. #txwx
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Re: Is the Georgia coast a dead zone for direct hurricane hits?
      Thu Jun 01 2006 04:35 PM

The Georgia coastline is in a unique position for tropical cyclone impacts. It is between two of the most climatologically favored locations for impacts, those being Florida and the Outer Banks, yet sees very few direct impacts itself. This is largely because of the steering patterns associated with mid-latitude troughs of low pressure and the semi-permanent subtropical ridge as well as the shape of the coastline. Generally speaking, a mid-latitude trough will capture a storm and recurve it sharply enough to miss Georgia -- and sometimes even the rest of the coastline -- or no such feature will capture the storm and it will continue across Florida. As storms recurve, they generally move parallel to the Georgia coastline, providing natural protection for those along the coast. However, it's not impossible to get a hit there; if the mid-latitude trough is in just the right place and of the right orientation (tilted from northwest to southeast) and there is a tropical feature there, you can see an impact. Something like David in 1979 is possible as well, just not quite as likely. Dora of 1964 is another such outlier; it took a track similar to Andrew in 1992, just about 5 degrees further north.

Simply put, it's possible -- but not likely -- to see a storm hit that region, mostly due to the coastline and natural trough/ridge patterns.

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* Is the Georgia coast a dead zone for direct hurricane hits? rrickynsc Thu Jun 01 2006 04:35 PM
. * * Re: Is the Georgia coast a dead zone for direct hurricane hits? Coast Watcher   Mon Jun 12 2006 10:04 PM
. * * Re: Is the Georgia coast a dead zone for direct hurricane hits? rrickynsc   Thu Jun 22 2006 11:07 PM
. * * Re: Is the Georgia coast a dead zone for direct hurricane hits? ClarkModerator   Fri Jun 23 2006 08:39 PM
. * * longer look HanKFranK   Fri Jun 23 2006 09:26 PM
. * * Re: longer look suziqt   Sun Jun 25 2006 01:47 PM
. * * Re: longer look madmumbler   Sun Jun 25 2006 03:21 PM
. * * Re: longer look cjzydeco   Wed Jul 19 2006 05:39 AM
. * * Re: longer look BillyG60   Mon Jul 31 2006 02:54 PM
. * * Re: longer look TUXIE   Sun Jun 25 2006 09:29 PM
. * * Re: Is the Georgia coast a dead zone for direct hurricane hits? Perry   Sun Jun 04 2006 08:09 PM
. * * Re: Is the Georgia coast a dead zone for direct hurricane hits? rrickynsc   Sun Jun 11 2006 12:21 AM
. * * Re: Is the Georgia coast a dead zone for direct hurricane hits? Brunswick   Fri Jun 02 2006 04:00 AM
. * * Re: Is the Georgia coast a dead zone for direct hurricane hits? AgnesOfHell   Thu Jun 01 2006 11:36 PM
. * * Re: Is the Georgia coast a dead zone for direct hurricane hits? ClarkModerator   Fri Jun 02 2006 01:03 AM
. * * Re: Is the Georgia coast a dead zone for direct hurricane hits? ClarkModerator   Thu Jun 01 2006 04:35 PM
. * * Re: Is the Georgia coast a dead zone for direct hurricane hits? rrickynsc   Thu Jun 01 2006 04:52 PM
. * * Re: Is the Georgia coast a dead zone for direct hurricane hits? latemodel52   Thu Jun 01 2006 04:00 PM
. * * Re: Is the Georgia coast a dead zone for direct hurricane hits? pastord   Mon Jun 12 2006 12:03 PM
. * * Re: Is the Georgia coast a dead zone for direct hurricane hits? ClarkModerator   Thu Jun 01 2006 05:20 PM
. * * Re: Is the Georgia coast a dead zone for direct hurricane hits? madmumbler   Fri Jun 02 2006 10:13 PM

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