Tropics Heating Up!!!
Its not just any Monday, today marks the first day back to school for most of the kids in South Florida. The back to school forecast couldn't be better, we will see plenty of sunshine early then the clouds will build by the afternoon providing for the sea breeze storms to spark up. We have high pressure in place over the Western Atlantic and a stalled out frontal boundary located over northern Florida. That stalled out front will help provide for the added moisture in the mid-upper levels of the atmosphere helping to trigger afternoon storms. Highs will be in the lower 90's with "feels like" temperatures in the triple digits.
In the Tropics lots to Watch:
***Lets start with Tropical Storm Gordon that made landfall at 1:30am as a hurricane over Santa Maria Island. This system as of 11 am now has winds sustained at 65 mph and will continue to weaken. The forecast cone has this system becoming a post-tropical cyclone east of the Azores later today.
*** The next area we are watching is a tropical wave and an area of low pressure located 1100 miles east of the Lesser Antilles. The system is becoming better organized and it is moving into an environment that is favorable for development. The National Hurricane Center is giving this area a 80% chance of tropical cyclone development in the next 48 hours. This is the system we need to watch as long range models show it moving pretty close to South Florida by the weekend and early next week.
**** Showers and storms have increased over the Southwestern Gulf of Mexico associated with a surface trough. Heavy rainfall is possible for Mexico and the National Hurricane Center is giving this area a 30% chance of tropical cyclone development in the next 48 hours.
**** The last area is a Tropical Wave, this is located just south of the Cape Verde Islands. It is producing disorganized showers and storms and gradual development is possible over the next few days. The National Hurricane Center is giving this area a 20% chance of tropical cyclone development in the next few days.
Its that time of year my friends!!! Remember it only takes one... lets not let our guard down as we watch the tropics.
Keep it tuned to the Storm Station for the latest,
Wsvn Morning Meteorologist