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Rainy Tuesday in South Florida

By Donna Thomas, SouthFloridaReporter.com Meteorologist, Sept. 15, 2015 – South Florida will be rainy on Tuesday, and rain will linger as a tropical wave moves by. After some early showers, look for plenty of clouds on a sometimes gusty ocean breeze, a moderate risk of dangerous rip currents, highs near 90 degrees, and on-and-off showers with periods of heavy downpours.

Wednesday will be wet and cloudy again, and some heavy downpours will accompany showers throughout the day. Wednesday’s highs will be in the upper 80s. Rain chances remain on the high side on Thursday and Friday, with highs in the upper 80s. Computer models suggest a low will develop off Tampa late in the week and push northeastward into Florida. This could make for yet another wet weekend, but we’ll see how this scenario develops.

In the tropics, the wave we’ve been watching is now halfway between the Cape Verde Islands and the Lesser Antilles, and it has a medium chance of becoming a depression over the next 5 days before it encounters increasing hostile winds. A wave that’s a couple of hundred miles southeast of the Cape Verde Islands also has a medium chance of developing over the next several days as it moves west-northwestward. And the area of disturbed weather in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico has a low chance of developing before it reaches the Mexican coast.

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.