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Showers And Storms For Florida Today; The Tropics Are Busy

Tuesday features plenty of clouds, some Gulf coast sun, and morning showers near the east coast.  Showers and storms will pop up around South Florida during the afternoon.  Highs on Tuesday will be in the upper 80s in most locations and near 90 degrees right along the Gulf coast.

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Wednesday will bring a mix of sun and clouds, a few morning showers in the east coast metro area, and plenty of showers and storms throughout our area during the afternoon.  Wednesday’s highs will be near 90 degrees.

Thursday will start with a mix of sun and clouds, and the afternoon will be dominated by showers and storms.  Thursday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Friday will feature mostly sunny skies in the morning and widespread showers and storms in the afternoon.  Friday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Saturday’s forecast includes a mix of sun, clouds, showers, and a few storms.  Highs on Saturday will be in the low 90s.

In the tropics, Tropical Depression # 17 is now Tropical Storm Paulette and Tropical Depression # 18 is now Tropical Storm Rene.  First, Paulette:  at 5 am Tuesday, it was located near 18.1 North, 42.1 West, about halfway between the Cape Verde Islands and the northern Leeward Islands.  Maximum sustained winds were 50 miles per hour, and Paulette was moving northwest at 6 miles per hour.  Tropical Storm Rene is moving through the Cape Verde Islands and bringing heavy rain and gusty winds.  At 5 am Tuesday, Rene was located near 16.4 North, 24.9 West, and was moving west at 15 miles per hour.  The maximum sustained winds were 40 miles per hour.  Computer models indicate both tropical storms will move through the open Atlantic, but we’ll keep an eye on them.

Elsewhere, the low that’s now a couple of hundred miles southwest of Bermuda has a medium chance of becoming a tropical depression before reaching the Carolina coast several days from now.  And yet another wave is expected to emerge from the African coast on Wednesday or Thursday, and this wave has a medium chance of developing during the next five 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.