PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) — Chief Meteorologists Ross Whitley wraps up Elsa’s impact on Florida, looks ahead to current activity in the Gulf, and goes over what an MJO is!

Elsa made landfall in Taylor County Florida, where it caused expected amounts of storm surge, flooding, and a few tornadoes moving northeast into southern Georgia/South Carolina. At the time, Elsa was moving northeast at 20 mph with max sustained winds at 45 mph. Areas surrounding the Chesapeake Bay were concerned about flooding, wind, and rough waters. 

Apart from Elsa, the rest of the tropics were relatively quiet. The subtropical high and Saharan Air Layer overtook much of the equatorial atmosphere, causing suppression for most of the convection out there. Another suppressive factor has to do with the stage of the Madden-Julian Oscillation, which was supporting divergence of winds, as well as high pressure at the time. Basically meaning, any tropical wave making its way towards the Caribbean would be inhibited from further development. The suppressive phase is forecast to continue for a few more weeks, keeping the tropics quieter through the beginning of August. Taking a step back, we were previously in an enhanced phase of the MJO throughout June/early July, which supported greater tropical activity. This helped form Claudette and Elsa. 

The rest of the Storm Teams’ Tropic Topic episodes will include a segment where we judge the best hashtags for storm names our viewers can come up with. Submit yours during any episode of the show by commenting. Viewers can also message their submissions to Ross, Kristin, and Grace on their social media pages at any time.