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Breezy with Showers Today

By Donna Thomas, SouthFloridaReporter.com Meteorologist, Oct. 5, 2015 – South Florida’s Monday will feature showers on the breeze, with just the chance of an afternoon storm. After quick morning showers, look for passing showers on a westerly breeze, highs in the upper 80s, and a moderate risk of rip currents at the beaches. More showers will be around on Tuesday, along with the chance of a stray storm, the risk of dangerous rip currents, and highs in the mid to upper 80s. We’ll see sun, clouds, and passing showers on Wednesday, and highs will be in the upper 80s. A few stray afternoon storms are in the forecast for Thursday and Friday, along with early passing showers and highs in the upper 80s.

two_atl_0d0Hurricane Joaquin has weakened but is expected to hold its own on Monday. At 5 am, Joaquin was located near 34.1 North, 65.2 West, with maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour. It was moving north-northeast at 13 miles per hour but will move to the northeast at a more rapid pace later today, eventually losing its tropical characteristics and weakening in the eastern Atlantic. Elsewhere, the low halfway between the Cape Verde Islands and Leeward Islands has a low chance of developing into a depression over the next several days as it moves west-northwestward.

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.