Chris will remain stalled off the North Carolina coastline into Tuesday.
Another expanding heat dome of high pressure aloft building into the Midwest and East is responsible for pinning Chris off the North Carolina coast early this week. By midweek, a southward dip in the jet stream moving into the northeastern states should help usher Chris farther out to sea.
Additional intensification is likely, and Chris could become a hurricane by early Tuesday.
Although Chris is likely to remain offshore of the U.S. East Coast, it will still bring impacts for beachgoers.
High surf and dangerous rip currents are expected to spread from parts of the North Carolina coast up the mid-Atlantic and New England seaboards Wednesday into Thursday.
Gusty winds are also expected due to a pressure gradient between Chris and an area of high pressure over the Northeast. However, the core of Chris’ strongest winds will remain well off the East Coast.
Some outer rain showers may brush the North Carolina coast, primarily the Outer Banks, through Tuesday night, but the majority of rain from Chris should remain offshore.
Chris may eventually impact parts of Nova Scotia Thursday and Newfoundland, Canada, Friday, while transitioning into a strong non-tropical area of low pressure late this week.
History of the Name ‘Chris’
This is the first tropical cyclone with the name of “Chris” to form in July.
The most recent Chris was Hurricane Chris in 2012, which was an unusual storm in that it was only the second hurricane to form in June as far north as it did – 41 degrees latitude.
The name Chris was also used four times for storms that developed in August, in 2006, 2000, 1994 and 1988.
In 2006, Tropical Storm Chris brought heavy rainfall to the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico and Hispañiola, and in 1988, Tropical Storm Chris made landfall near Savannah, Georgia, after impacting the northeastern Caribbean.
In 1982, Tropical Storm Chris developed in the Gulf of Mexico in September and brought flooding as far north as Tennessee and Kentucky.
Chris was also used once in the western Pacific, in August 1948, for a tropical cyclone that did not make landfall.
The name Chris was also used for three storms near Australia in 1982, 1991 and 2002. Cyclone Chris in 2002 rapidly intensified and made landfall east-northeast of Port Hedland in western Australia. Significant damage was reported in some areas, with extensive cattle loss and windmill damage.