Tropical Depression Beryl, May 30, 2012
Tropical Storm Beryl was the strongest off-season Atlantic tropical
cyclone to make landfall in the United States on record. Beryl developed on
May 26 from a low-pressure system near the East Coast of the United States
and was classified as a Subtropical Storm on May 27. Later in the day on
May 27, Beryl transitioned into a tropical cyclone while less than 120
miles from North Florida. Early on May 28, the storm moved ashore near
Jacksonville Beach, Florida, with peak winds of 70 mph It quickly weakened into a
tropical depression, and dropped heavy rainfall while moving slowly across
the southeastern United States. A cold front turned the storm to the
northeast, and Beryl affected Eastern North Carolina during the morning and
afternoon hours of May 30 (Figures 1 and 2).
Figure 1. Satellite image of
Tropical Depression Beryl just off the North Carolina coast, May 30, 2012.
Figure 2. Track of Tropical Storm
Beryl, May 26-30, 2012.