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Tropical Rains Here As Tropics Become Active

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  Tropical rains are the story in South Florida on Saturday as the tropics get busy — and we get the effects of a disturbance that’s moved over us.  Saturday features plenty of clouds (but some sun along the Gulf coast) and rounds of gusty showers and storms.  Highs on Saturday will be in the upper 80s, but the humidity will make it very sticky.

Clouds, showers, and storms linger on Sunday as the disturbance begins lift northward.  Sunday’s highs will be near 90 degrees.

Monday will bring a summertime mix of sun, clouds, and afternoon showers and storms.  Monday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Look for sun, clouds, showers, and storms on Tuesday, with much of the activity focused on the east coast metro area.  Tuesday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Wednesday’s forecast includes a mix of sun and clouds with passing showers and storms.  Highs on Wednesday will be in the low 90s.

tropicsThe tropics are busy, but that’s to be expected in late August.  (After all, Hurricane Andrew made landfall in South Florida 27 years ago today.)  The disturbance centered over South Florida has a high chance of developing into a depression after it emerges into the Atlantic late on Sunday and then moves northeastward just off the southeast U.S. coast.  Elsewhere, we’re watching a wave that’s about 1000 miles east of the Lesser Antilles.  This feature has a high chance of developing into a depression during the next 2 days, but future strengthening could be limited when it encounters less favorable conditions near the Lesser Antilles and in the eastern Caribbean.  Finally, Chantal has degenerated into a remnant low in the central Atlantic.

By Donna Thomas, SouthFloridaReporter.com, certified Meteorologist, Aug. 24, 2019

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.