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Afternoon Storms Return to South Florida

By Donna Thomas, SouthFloridaReporter.com Meteorologist, Sept. 22, 2015 – South Florida will see the return of afternoon storms on Tuesday.  Look for early sun and a few showers, highs mostly in the upper 80s, and scattered storms in the afternoon and evening, including periods of heavy downpours in some locations.

Wednesday and Thursday will bring a few early showers, highs in the upper 80s, and some afternoon storms tapering off in the early evening.  Showers and storms will be more widespread on Friday, with building clouds and highs in the mid to upper 80s.  Saturday and Sunday could be on the rainy side if tropical moisture works its way into South Florida from a developing low near the Yucatan, but computer models are split on just how stormy the weekend will be.


In the tropics, Tropical Storm Ida is meandering in the central Atlantic.  At 5 am Tuesday, Ida was located near 21.3 North, 48.6 West, and was moving east-southeast at 5 miles per hour.  Maximum sustained winds were 45 miles per hour.  Ida is eventually expected to turn northwestward and then northward, but motion will be slow over the next several days.  Elsewhere, a low a few hundred miles off the Carolina coast has a low chance of becoming a tropical or subtropical depression as it moves westward.

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.