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Sun, Clouds, Some Storms for South Florida

By Donna Thomas, SouthFloridaReporter.com Meteorologist, Sept 3, 2015 – South Florida will see sun, clouds, and a few afternoon storms on Thursday. Storms will develop along the sea breeze well inland, but some could drift eastward into our western suburbs by late afternoon. Any storms that reach us will move slowly, so periods of heavy rain are likely with them. Highs on Thursday will be in the sticky low 90s. Some storms will be around on Friday afternoon, and highs will once again reach the low 90s. The Labor Day weekend will see some storms, especially on Saturday, with some early showers and afternoon storms. Highs on Saturday will be near 90 degrees. Some storms are in the forecast for Sunday and Monday, but neither day should be a washout. Look for highs in the low 90s on both days.

In the tropics, Tropical Storm Fred is hanging on as it moves west-northwestward at 8 miles per hour. At 5 am Thursday, Fred was located near 20.8 North, 33.2 West, and maximum sustained winds had increased slightly to 45 miles per hour. Fred should weaken to a remnant low on Friday. And we’re watching a strong wave that is just emerging from the African coast several hundred miles to the southeast of the Cape Verde Islands. This wave has a medium chance of reaching depression status during the next 5 days, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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.