First Major Hurricane of the Season
Tracking 3 Areas.......
That's right as of 5 am advisory Michael became the first Major Category 3 Hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane season. Michael is located over the Central Atlantic. The system is very compact and looks very impressive on the satellite. The storm is powerful and the only good thing is that the forecast path has the system staying over the open waters in the Atlantic and will NOT be a threat to land.
Leslie also located in the Atlantic is still a hurricane, and is crawling towards Bermuda. It is located 430 miles S/SE of Bermuda. This storm is very large and is forecasted to head towards Bermuda by the weekend. By the time it approaches Bermuda it could strengthen to a Category 2 system which will not be good for our friends in Bermuda.
Last our eyes are on the Gulf of Mexico as some remnants of Isaac may merge into a cold front and soak South Florida for the weekend. The National Hurricane Center is watching this area with a 40% chance of possible tropical cyclone development in the next few days.
Locally we are expecting early sunshine to help fuel for the afternoon storms that will effect parts of South Florida. We have plenty of instability in the atmosphere with and upper-level low over the Northern Bahamas that will help steer any showers or storms that develop from the southwest to the northeast. This will keep the metro and coastal areas under a bulls-eye for showers and storms that may develop by the afternoon.
Keep those umbrellas handy!
Wsvn Morning Meteorologist