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Early Showers, Some Late Storms

By Donna Thomas, SouthFloridaReporter.com Meteorologist, Sept 8, 2015 – South Florida will see showers and storms again on Tuesday, but some changes are coming. After a muggy morning with passing showers along the coast and in the Keys, look for sun and clouds, highs in the sticky low 90s, and inland afternoon storms, some moving back over the metro area during the late afternoon and evening. Some heavy downpours are possible in spots.

On Wednesday, easterly winds will help push the sea breeze front well inland, so look for some early coastal showers and a few afternoon storms, mostly in the western suburbs — a pattern that will last through Friday. Temperatures will top out in the low 90s on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. The weekend is shaping to be on the wet side, with highs near 90 degrees.

image2In the tropics, Tropical Storm Grace is weakening and should drop to depression strength by late Tuesday. At 5 am Tuesday, Grace was located near 14.1 North, 41.0 West, and was moving west at a brisk 20 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds were estimated at 40 miles per hour. Strong wind shear has taken a toll on Grace, and the system should be a remnant low by Thursday, before reaching the Lesser Antilles. Elsewhere, a weak low off the Florida panhandle has a very low chance of developing into a depression before dumping plenty of rain on northern Florida and southeastern Georgia, and a disturbance a couple of hundred miles east-southeast of Bermuda has a low chance of becoming a tropical or subtropical depression as it moves northward.

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.