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Closely Watching The Disturbance In The Gulf; Showers And Storms Today


disturbanceAs showers and storms move along Florida’s southwest coast on Monday, we’ll be watching two systems in the tropics. Tropical moisture streaming in from the disturbance near the Yucatan will bring in passing showers and storms on Monday. Highs on Monday will be near 90 degrees.


Clouds, showers, and storms will be around on Tuesday, but we could see a bit of sun. Highs on Tuesday will be in the upper 80s.

We’ll see more sun on Wednesday, along with clouds, showers, and a few storms. Wednesday’s highs will be in the upper 80s.

Thursday will feature a mix of sun and clouds, with maybe a few quick showers and an inland storm or two. Highs on Thursday will be near 90 degrees.

Look for good sun and a few clouds on Friday, with just the chance of a stray shower or storm. Friday’s highs will be near 90 degrees.

The tropics are getting busy. Closer to us, the disturbance near the Yucatan has a high chance of becoming a tropical depression as it moves into the southwestern Gulf of Mexico during the next day or so. It is forecast to move toward the northern Gulf coast, and just where it goes will determine how stormy the next few days will be for us.



disturbanceThe wave in the Atlantic is now being called Potential Tropical Cyclone # 2 by the National Hurricane Center. That’s an unusual designation for an unusual system that is surprisingly early. It doesn’t yet have a closed circulation, but it does have tropical storm force winds. At 5 am Monday, it was located near 8.4 North, 54.5 West and was moving west at 23 miles per hour. Tropical Storm Warnings are up for the southern Windward Islands, including Trinidad. This system should be at least a depression as early as today. The system will encounter hostile wind shear in the eastern Caribbean and is forecast to dissipate in a few days.

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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.