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Storms Give Way to Heat and Haze


Tonight (NWS)
Tonight (NWS)

By Donna Thomas, EyesOnNews.com Meteorologist, July 23, 2014 –¬†Wednesday is a transitional weather day for South Florida, as our stormy pattern is replaced by heat and haze. Look for a few stray storms on Wednesday, with the emphasis on hazy skies (thanks to Saharan dust) and highs in the low 90s (but feeling hotter). Thursday will see rain chances drop, with hazy skies and highs mostly in the low 90s but a bit hotter in some inland locations. The pattern will hold through the weekend.

In the Atlantic, Tropical Depression # 2 is showing signs of weakening as it enters an increasingly hostile environment. At 5 am on Wednesday, TD # 2 was centered near 13.9 North, 53.2 West, about 550 miles from the Lesser Antilles. The depression had maximum winds estimated at 35 miles per hour and was racing west-northwest at 20 miles per hour. TD # 2 is forecast to turn into an open wave on Thursday. In any event, it will bring rain and gusty winds to the islands late on Wednesday.map_tropprjpath02_ltst_5nhato_enus_650x366


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.