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Sticky With Scattered Storms And An Eye On The Tropics

By Donna Thomas, SouthFloridaReporter.com Meteorologist, Sept. 11, 2015 – South Florida will be sticky as scattered storms develop Friday afternoon. Look for highs in the low 90s (but feeling 10 degrees hotter), followed by afternoon storms in spots, with periods of heavy downpours possible.

The weekend will be on the wet side, with a few early showers, highs around the 90 degree mark, and plenty of afternoon storms, some lasting into the early evening on both Saturday and Sunday.

Our ocean breeze returns on Monday, and we’ll see a few passing showers during the morning, highs near 90 degrees, and just a chance of a storm mostly in the western suburbs. Tuesday and Wednesday will feature early showers on an ocean breeze, maybe a stray storm inland, and highs in the upper 80s.

In the tropics, we’ll keep an eye on a wave just off the African coast. It’s moving west at about 15 miles per hour and has the possibility of slow development over the next few days. And Tropical Storm Henri was moving north at 16 miles per hour as of 5 am on Friday. Henri was located near 36.2 North, 60.3 West, with maximum sustained winds estimated at 40 miles per hour. Henri has some chance of strengthening as it reaches the Gulfstream, but it is forecast to lose its tropical characteristics and then fall apart over the colder waters of the North Atlantic.

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.