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Sun, Storms, Steamy Today; Closely Watching Hurricane Irma


Florida’s southwest coast will begin the month of September with sun and a few storms while we continue to watch the progress of Hurricane Irma in the far Atlantic. Here at home, we’ll good sun, a few clouds, and a few afternoon storms (mostly in the interior) on Friday. Highs on Friday will be in the sticky low 90s.


stormsAfter some overnight showers, Saturday will bring plenty of sun to start, and then building clouds and more widespread afternoon storms. Saturday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Sunday will feature more sun and a stray storm in spots. Highs on Sunday will be in the low to mid 90s.

Look for good sun to start and some afternoon storms on Labor Day. Monday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

It’s back to work on Tuesday, with lots of sun, a few early clouds, and some afternoon storms where the Gulf breeze and Atlantic sea breeze collide. Highs on Tuesday will be in the low 90s.

stormsIrma remains a powerful category 3 hurricane with winds of 115 miles per hour early Friday. At 5 am, Irma was located near 18.2 North, 36.5 West, and was moving west at 12 miles per hour. Additional strengthening is possible when Irma enters an area of more favorable conditions this weekend. The hurricane is forecast to be near the Lesser Antilles late on Tuesday or early Wednesday. Beyond that, there is considerable disagreement among the computer models as to the timing of Irma’s interaction with a trough next week, which will determine the hurricane’s track. We’ll watch Irma’s progress closely this holiday weekend.

stormsElsewhere in the tropics, it’s another reminder that we’re now in the height of the Atlantic hurricane season. Another wave has emerged off the African coast, and it has a medium chance of becoming a depression during the next 5 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.