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Feels Like July This Week

­­­­­­­­By Donna Thomas, SouthFloridaReporter.com Meteorologist, June 17, 2015 – South Florida feels more like July than mid June this week, with hot and sticky but mostly rain free conditions. On Wednesday and through the first half of the weekend, look for morning lows in the muggy upper 70s, a few clouds and maybe a quick early shower on the ocean breeze, and highs around 90 degrees. Shower chances go up a bit on Sunday and Monday, as the atmosphere moistens slightly, but those 90 degree highs will continue.

Tropical Depression Bill is expected to dump an extra 4 to 8 inches of rain on portions of Texas and Oklahoma that are already saturated. At 5 am, the center of Bill was located about 45 miles south of Waco, Texas, and the depression was moving north at 13 miles per hour. Flooding will be a serious problem for much of eastern and central Texas, including the Houston and Dallas metro areas, as well as Oklahoma, before the system moves into Arkansas and parts of the Midwest.

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.