Sunny South Florida
Posted by Vivian Gonzalez
South Florida has seen noticeable improvements in the weather department with the return of sunshine. However, flood warnings have been issued throughout the day since we've seen occasional feeder bands of Isaac move in and out. The reason for the flood advisories is because the ground is already saturated. Even though the rain may not have been coming down hard, it produces flooding. Think of the ground as a sponge. Once it soaks up all the water it can, the excess just runs off...
As we come close to the end of the week, the potential for flooding will lessen. This is because an area of high pressure will reinforce itself over the Southeast United States and help draw in drier air. Now this drier air doesn't mean we will be totally dry. Remember we are in Summer and typically see the sea breeze collisions form isolated showers and storms out West each afternoon. That is exactly what we will be seeing as we enter into the weekend. Definitely a much better weekend is ahead!
Hurricane Isaac: On the eve of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans will be dealing with Hurricane Isaac. Although Isaac is not as strong as Katrina, it is loaded with moisture. It will not be a wind a event, but rather a rain event with a high potential for significant storm surge. A storm surge of 7.1 feet was recently reported at a national ocean service tide gauge at Shell Beach, Louisiana and a storm surge of 4.8 feet at a national ocean service tide gauge in Waveland, Mississippi.
The center of Hurricane Isaac was located about 30 miles South of the Mouth of the Mississippi River and about 105 miles South-Southeast of New Orleans, Louisiana around 5pm Tuesday. Isaac should make landfall around 2am Wednesday. Then, it will continue to drench the heartland and maybe prove to be drought buster.
Tropical Depression Eleven: This system was classified on Tuesday over the Eastern Atlantic Ocean. This one is no threat to land.
Tropical Wave: A tropical wave located near the Cape Verde Islands is producing disorganized showers and storms. The National Hurricane Center is giving it a low chance to develop.
Have a wonderful evening South Florida and make it a safe one!
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