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Cooler Than Normal This Week; “Storm Of The Century” 25th Anniversary


Winter has returned to South Florida on Tuesday, and cooler than normal temperatures are on tap for the rest of the week. After a rather chilly morning, Tuesday features plenty of sun and a cool breeze. Watch out for dangerous rip currents at the Atlantic and Gulf beaches. Highs on Tuesday will only make it into the low 70s — below what’s typical for mid-March.

On this day, 25 years ago today, an intense winter low pressure system moved over the southeastern United States from the Gulf of Mexico, causing a deadly storm surge along the Big Bend/Gulf coast of Florida, blizzard conditions as far south as Georgia and triggering an intense squall line which ripped across South Florida during the pre-dawn hours with wind gusts to hurricane force. This storm was dubbed the “Storm of the Century” for its strength and wide ranging impacts all across the eastern and southeastern United States

Wednesday morning will be on the chilly side again, with lows in the low to mid 50s. Then we’ll see good sun and a few clouds at times. Wednesday’s highs will be in the low 70s.

Our stretch of cool mornings and mostly sunny days will continue on Thursday. Thursday’s highs will be in the mid 70s. Look for good sun and a few clouds at times on Friday. Friday’s highs will be in the mid to upper 70s.

Saturday’s forecast includes sun, clouds, and maybe a stray shower. Highs on Saturday will be near the 80 degree mark.

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.