Right on Cue...
Posted by Brent Cameron
The tropics are heating-up as we often see during the month of August. Suddenly, we're tracking two separate storms: Ernesto and Florence. Ernesto, which continues to race across the Caribbean Sea, is the bigger concern because of its location to land (island nations in the Caribbean). Eventually, Ernesto is forecast to get slower and stronger as it moves westward from the central Caribbean. In time, it may become a hurricane and make landfall either in Belize or (more likely) along Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. By the way, Tropical Storm Florence is far from ANY land areas and just beginning the trip across the Atlantic Ocean. Florence may get stronger, too, but it is only a concern for the shipping lanes over the next 5-7 days.
Locally, we have deeper moisture moving into Florida... on the back side of low pressure. That moisture will likely result in scattered downpours through the early part of the week. By mid-week, then, showers and storms will be more inland-focused as they develop from daily sea breeze circulations. If you're heading to the beach, you'll need to watch out for dangerous rip currents along the Florida's east coast. On a brighter note, you'll probably notice a better ocean breeze (compared to recent days and weeks). The stronger breeze will tend to help with the heat!