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Early Showers and Storms for South Florida, Danny Weakens

By Donna Thomas, SouthFloridaReporter.com Meteorologist, Aug 22, 2015 – 
South Florida will see some early showers and storms on Saturday, while we and folks in the Caribbean are watching Hurricane Danny. Here at home, passing showers and storms in the morning will give way to highs in the muggy low 90s (with a few higher readings possible) and a few inland afternoon storms affecting mostly the western suburbs. Sunday will see more widespread afternoon storms, along with sticky conditions and highs in the low to mid 90s. The late August heat will be waiting for students and teachers as school starts on Monday, with highs mostly in the low 90s and a few afternoon storms passing by. That pattern will hold on Tuesday and Wednesday. Our late-week weather will depend on the track and strength of Danny (or its remnants).
Hurricane Danny has begun to weaken as it encounters strong wind shear. At 5 am Saturday, Danny was located near 15.2 North, 50.8 West and was moving west-northwest at 10 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds were estimated at 100 miles per hour, but from Danny’s appearance on satellite images, it may be a bit weaker. Danny should turn more to the west on Saturday, and the weakening process should continue, so that Danny will be down to tropical storm status before affecting the Leeward Islands on Monday. On Tuesday and into Wednesday, Danny will pass near or over Puerto Rico and Hispaniola, which should weaken it to either a depression or an open wave. We’ll be watching closely to see what effects it will have on our area, but it’s likely to increase our rain chances at least.
Elsewhere in the tropics, the wave south of the Cape Verde Islands is racing westward at 25 miles per hour, and the National Hurricane Center gives it a medium chance of becoming a depression during the next 5 days. The area of disturbed weather south of Bermuda has a low chance of developing into a tropical or subtropical depression before it interacts with a front next week.

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.