Soggy start to the first official day of Summer. The Summer Solstice officially begins at 7:09 pm tonight, making today the longest day of the year. Too bad that means just more time to deal with the rainy weather. Rounds of rain continue to affect South Florida. This morning over 3 inches of rain fell in the upper Keys sparking a flood advisory and closing SB lanes on US1 at mile maker 103-104. Rain will continue to saturate the roadways throughout the day. This moisture is connected to a tropical wave that continues to soak the northwestern Caribbean including the Cayman Islands, Cuba, and South Florida. The forecast calls for little change for the next few days. The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for South Florida until 10pm tonight. Widespread rain will continue across South Florida possibly producing an additional 1-3 inches by tonight.
Keep those umbrellas handy.
In the tropics:
The tropical moisture that is bringing South Florida the soggy setup is being tracked by the National Hurricane Center for tropical cyclone development. The showers and storms extending from NW Caribbean into South Florida shows that upper-level winds are marginally conducive for development. The NHC is giving it a 20% chance of development in the next few days. This area will continue to produce heavy rainfall causing flooding concerns in some areas especially in Cuba where the ground is already saturated.
Tropical Storm Chris a little stronger moving over the open waters of the North Atlantic. As of 11 am it is located 600 miles south of Cape Race Newfoundland with winds sustained at 50 mph. T.S. Chris will not be a threat to land as it spins over the Northern Atlantic and is forecasted to become a post-tropical cyclone by Thursday.
Keep it tuned to the Storm Station for the latest!
Wsvn Morning Meteorologist