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South Florida Will Have More Afternoon Storms Some With Heavy Rain And Lightning

By Donna Thomas, SouthFloridaReporter.com Meteorologist, Aug 13, 2015 – South Florida will see more afternoon storms on Thursday, and some of those storms could be strong. After a muggy but mostly dry morning, look for building clouds, highs in the low to mid 90s, and storms developing around midday. Periods of heavy rain and dangerous lightning are possible with any of those storms, and some could be strong enough to pack damaging wind gusts and small hail. The storms will taper off Thursday evening, but we’ll see them return on Friday.

Friday’s highs will reach the low 90s before storms develop in the afternoon, and again locally heavy rain, lightning, strong wind gusts, and small hail are possible. Afternoon storms are again in the forecast for the weekend, with Saturday seeing more widespread activity. Highs will be in the low 90s on Saturday and Sunday. Our typical summer pattern of afternoon storms forming on the sea breeze and highs in the low 90s returns on Monday and Tuesday.

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.