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Morning Showers, Afternoon Storms

By Donna Thomas, SouthFloridaReporter.com Meteorologist, Sept. 23, 2015 – 
South Florida will be rainy as fall officially begins on Wednesday. After some morning showers, look for building clouds, highs in the upper 80s, and storms forming inland on the sea breeze. Many of these storms will build back eastward, so periods of heavy rain and dangerous lightning are possible throughout the area into the evening.

Thursday will be wet as well, with early showers and afternoon storms, with periods of heavy downpours again possible. Highs on Thursday will be in the mid to upper 80s.

Increased rain chances linger on Friday, with afternoon storms again in the forecast and localized flooding possible with the accumulated rain totals. Friday’s highs will be in the mid to upper 80s. The weekend won’t be as wet, with a few passing early showers and scattered afternoon storms, along with highs in the upper 80s. Rain chances increase again early next week.

In the tropics, Tropical Storm Ida is meandering in the central Atlantic. As of 5 am Wednesday, Ida was located near 20.4 North, 47.2 West, and was moving south at 2 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds were 40 miles per hour. Ida could strengthen slightly late in the week but remains no threat to land. The low off the Carolina coast will bring rough seas and gusty showers and storms to eastern North and South Carolina but is unlikely to develop tropical or subtropical characteristics. We’ll be watching an area of disturbed weather off the Yucatan for any signs of development as it is projected to enter the southeastern Gulf of Mexico over the next few days.

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.