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Some Sun, Some Showers and Some Storms

By Donna Thomas, SouthFloridaReporter.com Meteorologist, Sept. 19, 2015 – South Florida will finally see some sun on Saturday, along with some showers and afternoon storms. Look for highs in the sticky low 90s, building clouds, and periods of heavy rain at times in some areas (with the possibility of localized flooding where the ground is already saturated). Some showers will linger on Sunday morning, but drier air will move in and highs will again reach the low 90s. We’ll see mostly early showers starting on Monday, as the workweek will feature sun and clouds, the chance of a stray afternoon storm inland, and highs around the 90 degree mark.

In the tropics, Tropical Depression #10 is now Tropical Storm Ida. At 5 am Saturday, Ida was located near 14.4 North, 38.5 West, and was moving northwest at 10 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds were 40 miles per hour, but Ida is forecast to strengthen over the weekend. Ida’s track and intensity beyond the next 3 days is unusually uncertain, as the models are not in agreement over the development of the storm and a trough that is expected to influence it. Tropical Depression #9 is experiencing wind shear in the central Atlantic and is expected to weaken to a remnant low by Sunday without affecting land. And the low off the north Florida coast has a medium chance of becoming a tropical or subtropical depression over the next 5 days as it moves northeastward.

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.