Home Weather 5PM UPDATE: Danny Strengthens Slightly

5PM UPDATE: Danny Strengthens Slightly

By Donna Thomas, SouthFloridaReporter.com Meteorologist, aUG 20, 2015 – Hurricane Danny strengthened a bit Thursday afternoon, but its future remains uncertain.  At 5 pm, Danny was located near 13.0 North, 45.7 West, and was moving west-northwest at 10 miles per hour.  Maximum sustained winds were estimated at 85 miles per hour.

Danny is forecast to continue moving west-northwest for about 48 hours before returning to a westward motion.  It will face some serious obstacles, including dry air and wind shear, and it’s forecast to weaken to a tropical storm when it nears the Leeward Islands late in the weekend.

Just how far of a northward movement Danny makes over the next couple of days will determine if it interacts with Puerto Rico or Hispaniola, an interaction that can, along with its other obstacles, tear apart such a small system.  Both NOAA and Air Force Reserve planes will fly into Danny on Friday afternoon to get more data on its structure, strength, and wind field.  We’ll watch Danny’s future track and development very carefully.

Donna Thomas has studied hurricanes for two decades. She holds a PhD in history when her experience with Hurricane Andrew ultimately led her to earn a degree in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. Donna spent 15 years at WFOR-TV (CBS4 in Miami-Fort Lauderdale), where she worked as a weather producer with hurricane experts Bryan Norcross and David Bernard. She also produced hurricane specials and weather-related features and news coverage, as well as serving as pool TV producer at the National Hurricane Center during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Donna also served as a researcher on NOAA's Atlantic Hurricane Database Reanalysis Project. Donna specializes in Florida's hurricane history.