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Tropical Downpours

Posted by Vivian Gonzalez

The rain we have experienced so far is due to a low pressure area in the Caribbean Sea we are watching for potential development. Therefore, tropical downpours from time to time have been taking place across South Florida even though it is directly impacting South Florida. Early morning, a lot of rain fell in the lower Florida prompting an urban flood advisory. In fact, Cudjoe Key received almost two inches of rain.

Today through Friday, the air will remain unsettled and we will see some rain. Improvements will be visible by Saturday morning.

Tropical Update:
 

1) Low pressure in the Northwestern Caribbean Sea is close to the Yucatan peninsula spreading heavy rains and gusty winds to Belize, Cuba and the Cayman Islands. In the last couple of hours satellite imagery is indicating that showers and thunderstorms are increasing. The is no visible center of circulation at this point. However, once it crosses the Yucatan peninsula it will enter the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico where there is also an area of low to moderate wind shear. This means that by Saturday, it will have a better opportunity to develop into at least a tropical depression. For now, The National Hurricane Center is giving it a medium chance to develop in the next 24-36 hours. Over the weekend, it has a high chance to develop. A recon plane is on standby to investigate it this afternoon to get a new center fix and run the models. This will give us a better understanding on possible tracks down the road. Central America and the Gulf coast states should closely watch this area.

2) Tropical Storm Erin is moving away from the Cape Verde Islands. The government of the Cape Verde Islands has discontinued the tropical storm watch for the Southern Cape Verde Islands. This system will remain a tropical storm in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean through early next week. After Tuesday, it will encounter an area of dry air and cooler waters that can either weaken it considerably or shred it apart into an open wave. We have plenty of time to watch it.

Stay tuned to your Storm Station 7news for the latest!

Vivian Gonzalez

Meteorologist

WSVN Channel 7

 

Posted 08/15/13, 10:59am
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