Hurricane season 2012 officially begins June 1 in the Atlantic, but the first named storm swept near the U.S. East Coast this weekend. Tropical Storm Alberto formed off the coast of South Carolina on May 19. NASA’s Terra satellite captured its image that same day. This storm was never expected to make landfall, but it did cause a storm watch along the U.S. East Coast, which was discontinued yesterday (May 20) at 5 p.m. EDT.
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.