August 13, 2012 North Myrtle Beach, SC – Ignore AP headlines that read “July breaks heat record set during Dust Bowl.” July’s average temperature of 82.2 wasn’t even close to the record set in 1986 of 84 degrees and was a typical July average. We conclude that AP’s headlines are not a good indication of North Strand weather, let alone a predictor for August at the beach.
Both WMBF’s Chief Meteorologists Rob Hatchell and WPDE’s Darren Stack agree that seasonal conditions are expected this week, with temperatures in the upper eighties. They also call for a cold front to approach Tuesday to moderate temperatures to the high 70’s to low 80’s.
NOAA is also giving the next few days an upbeat forecast. The National Hurricane Center is only watching two areas. One moving over the central Caribbean, moving at twenty miles per hour, is given a 48 hour low (10%) chance of becoming a hurricane. The other watch area is 1200 miles off the Cape Verde Islands where again forecasters expect no more than a 10% probability that it will generate a hurricane within the next two day.
So get up; pack your chairs and umbrella and enjoy a day at the beach!