May 29, 2016
Tropical Depression Bonnie will hang around for a while
By IRENE NOLAN
and short-lived Tropical Storm Bonnie made landfall in South Carolina
this morning and was downgraded back to a tropical depression by the
National Hurricane Center, but the storm will move very slowly in the
The remnants of Bonnie are forecast to hang around South Carolina for
another day or so before the depression starts moving slowly northeast
up the North Carolina coast toward the Outer Banks. The result will be
a threat of showers and thunderstorms for the Outer Banks right through
Thursday until an approaching cold front finally kicks what's left of
Bonnie out to sea late in the week.
The area of disturbed weather near the Bahamas for much of last week
didn't become a tropical depression until late Friday afternoon when
it's winds were 35 mph. The National Hurricane Center upgraded
the system to Tropical Storm Bonnie late Saturday afternoon when the
winds were just 40 mph. This morning, after landfall, Bonnie
became a depression again, and it's forecast to be extra-tropical --
just a plain old low pressure system -- by the time it gets to our area
So far, visitors to the Outer Banks have escaped most of the rain that
was expected for the seashore early in the holiday weekend as
forecasters dropped the chances of showers both yesterday and
today. Both days have been mostly sunny and hot -- good beach
weather. Today there have been spotty, brief tropical downpours,
but so far, no widespread rain along the coast.
However, forecaster Shane Kearns with the National Weather Service in
Newport/Morehead City says that will probably change tonight and
After midnight tonight, the rain coverage will be more widespread -- up
to a 70 to 75 percent chance, he said, and a 60 percent chance tomorrow
for Memorial Day. The chances will continue to drop but the showers
will hang around most of the week with chances at about 50 percent
Tuesday, 40 percent Wednesday, and 30 percent Thursday.
The weather will also be warm and humid -- as daytime temperatures continue around 80 and nighttime lows stay in the lower 70s.
Winds will be predominately south to southeast at 10 to 15 knots with
gusts to 20, and the National Weather Service has issued a small craft
advisory south of Oregon Inlet until 2 p.m. on Monday for seas up
to 6 feet.
There is a high threat of rip currents along the Outer Banks beaches
today, and the threat is likely to remain for several more days.
To keep up with the latest local forecast during the holiday weekend, go to the local Weather Service website at www.weather.gov/mhx/.