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Sun And Showers For Florida; Tying Records In The Tropics

We all wish the tropics would just stop generating new named storms.  On Monday, there were five — Paulette, Rene, Sally, Teddy, and Vicky.  That hasn’t happened since September 1971.

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Here in South Florida, Tuesday features plenty of clouds and afternoon showers and storms along the Gulf coast, while the east coast metro area will see mostly sunny skies and a few afternoon showers with a stray storm possible.  A moderate risk of dangerous rip currents remains at the Atlantic beaches.  Highs on Tuesday will be near 90 degrees — but it will feel at least 10 degrees hotter.

Wednesday will bring good sun in the morning and some showers and maybe a storm in the afternoon.  Wednesday’s highs will be near 90 degrees.

Thursday will feature a mix of sun and clouds with periods of showers in the afternoon.  Thursday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Friday will start with mostly sunny skies, and then showers and a few storms will pop up in the afternoon.  Friday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Saturday’s forecast includes good sun with periods of showers and storms.  Highs on Saturday will be in the low 90s.

In the tropics, Hurricane Sally is being sheared by a front as it moves slowly toward the Gulf coast — but the real danger from this hurricane is flooding.  At 5 am, Sally was located near 28.9 North, 88.1 West, about 115 miles from Biloxi, Mississippi.  Sally was inching west-northwest at 2 miles per hour and had maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour.  Landfall is forecast for Wednesday, and up to 9 feet of storm surge is likely.  This slow-moving system will bring up to a foot of rain to the region.

Hurricane Paulette was zipping northeastward at 20 miles per hour early on Tuesday.  At 5 am, Paulette was about 400 miles away from Bermuda and had maximum sustained winds of 105 miles per hour.

Bermuda will also need to watch Tropical Storm Teddy, over the next week.  At 5 am Tuesday, Teddy was located near 13.7 North, 46.0 West, and was moving west-northwest at 12 miles per hour.  Maximum sustained winds were 60 miles per hour, but Teddy is forecast to become a major hurricane later this week.

There is good news about two of our named storms.  Rene has dissipated, and Tropical Storm Vicky is not likely to be around for long.  At 5 am, Vicky was about 500 northwest of the Cape Verde Islands and had maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour.

Elsewhere, the wave in the eastern Atlantic has a high chance of becoming a depression in the next five days.  And the area of low pressure that’s now in the southern Gulf of Mexico has a low chance of developing.

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.