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Not a Good Day For Danny (the Tropical Storm)

By Donna Thomas, SouthFloridaReporter.com Meteorologist, Aug 19, 2015 – Tropical Storm Danny has been struggling on Wednesday, as dry air has been working its way into the system sooner than anticipated.  That’s kept Danny from strengthening, and Danny will face more dry air and increasing wind shear as it moves toward the Leeward Islands.  At 5 pm Wednesday, Danny was located near 11.5 North, 42.0 West, and was moving west at 10 miles per hour.  Maximum sustained winds were estimated at 50 miles per hour.  While the National Hurricane Center forecasts Danny to become a hurricane late Friday or on Saturday, Danny could weaken back to a tropical storm before reaching the islands on Monday.  Danny’s circulation could be significantly disrupted by that time, making its future track more uncertain than usual beyond a 5-day timeframe.  We’ll need to watch Danny closely over the next several days to see what if any effects it (or its remnants) might have on South Florida or the Bahamas.

Tomorrow (NWS)
Tomorrow (NWS)

Here in South Florida, we could see a few showers Wednesday night, and some showers will be around early on Thursday.  Highs will be in the low 90s, and a few stray storms could pop up inland on Thursday afternoon.  Friday will see a few early showers, highs in the low 90s, and a stray afternoon storm or two.  The weekend will be muggy, with highs in the low to mid 90s and some afternoon storms.  Look for a summertime pattern of afternoon storms and highs in the sticky low to mid 90s as school goes back in session on Monday.

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.