The Gentle clop-clop of coconuts (Tropical Storm Arthur, Sunday 17 May)

Yesterday evening the National Hurricane Center stopped mucking about and took note that The Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite, held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by divine providence that the blob of clouds off the coast of Florida had become Arthur, first of the Tropical Cyclones in the Atlantic.  Here’s what it looks like as the sun rises gently over the parapets … infrared on the left, visual on the right:

It seems that Arthur is destined to wander offshore, searching for the holy grail of warm water and low shear.  As always in such cases, consult the NHC “Key Messages” summary, which you may find carved in not very mystic runes upon the very living internet, for clues.

Here is the TAOS/TC impact map … the worst of the effects will likely stay offshore.

There does not appear to be any hidden rabbits with big, sharp, nasty pointed teeth involved, but if you go the any of the beaches in the Southeastern US over the next couple of days beware, for there are tides that may rip you from the shore and sweep you out to sea … (rip tides will be bad the next few days).  There is a tropical storm warning for the Outer Banks of North Carolina – appropriate precautions should be taken for some wind, heavy rains, and perhaps  some coastal flooding.

Let this be a reminder that you should take some extra precautions in your hurricane planning this year.  Or I shall have to taunt you a second time.

Note for anyone who is totally confused about the above: it is all a part of growing up and being British.  Or a Monty Python fan, which is probably the same thing.

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