Tropical Storm Alberto
a. Synoptic History
A weak trough of low pressure formed off the South Carolina
coast on 4 August and became better organized as it moved northeastward
around 17 mph. Although it was classified by satellite on 5 August,
the system was not designated the second tropical depression of the 1988
hurricane season until the afternoon of the 6th when it was off the Virginia
b. Meteorological Statistics
The maximum sustained winds, mainly based on satellite classificaation,
was 40 mph on 7 August. On that day a NOAA buoy southeast of Nantucket
reported easterly winds of 17 mph and a pressure of 1011 mb at 0900Z,
and at 1200Z, a northwest wind of 35 mph and a pressure of 1004, a 3
hourly pressure fall of 7 mb.
c. Casualty and Damage Statistics
The rapid northeastward movement of Alberto over the cold waters off the New England coast limited convection within the system so that it gradually weakened after passing Nantucket. The storm skirted along the west coast of Nova Scotia but caused no significant damage there or elsewhere along its track.
Intensity For Tropical Storm Alberto