3D view of a severe thunderstorm over Beaufort, SC on March 27, 2011. Image generated by GR2Analyst.
The first severe weather event of the spring is in the books for the Lowcountry. Hail was the primary factor, with numerous reports of large hail, with a report of baseball-size hail near Rincon, GA and tennis ball-size hail in Port Royal, SC (just south of Beaufort; check out TheDigitel Beaufort for pictures). There were a few isolated wind damage reports, but hail was definitely the story. One tool I like to use to examine the aftermath of a storm event is the IEM Cow, an unofficial tool developed by the Iowa Environmental Mesonet that groups issued warnings with storm reports (if there were any for that particular warning). Here’s what the Cow says about today’s event.
The hail core that dropped the baseball-size hail continued out of Rincon and basically followed U.S. 278 for a time, dropping golf ball-size hail on Hardeeville and Bluffton before weakening as it traversed the north end of Hilton Head and went offshore. Fortunately for our cars, the core of the storm stayed to our north (I live mid-island); we got a brief dose of heavy rain and a very chilly downdraft but not terribly much more than that.
Bluffton Web development and social media firm ThreeTenSeven is hosting a nerd networking event at Bear’s Comics in Bluffton Tuesday evening at 6:30 PM. This event should be attractive to any and all tech gearheads in Beaufort County and surrounding areas, so if you’re of that persuasion, come on out and meet up with some fellow nerds.
CNN TV is reporting that a Navy Blue Angels plane, in the midst of precision maneuvers, went down in a Beaufort neighborhood, with several house fires started as a result. No sign of what happened with the pilot yet. Weather couldn’t have been a factor — it’s really calm out with very clear skies. Frightening…details to follow.
The word is that the plane clipped a tree and a cataclysmic set of events followed. FOX News says that the plane just lost power and went down. The Beaufort County Coroner says one person is dead, but they won’t say who — FOX also has reason to believe that the pilot indeed was killed. There’s been no sign of an ejection or anything.
WCSC has picked up the story and has been running a crawl below the PGA event. MSNBC is…well, silent, running their documentary in lieu of coverage.