More rain coming?
Posted by Phil Ferro
This weekend we'll be waking up with partly cloudy skies that may give way to possible afternoon showers. The upper-level low that has been close to our area causing the storms is slowly moving away.
During the first part of the weekend, an area of high pressure will take over as the upper-level low moves away. This will allow for a blend of sun and clouds with the possibility of afternoon showers. (Typical summer weather). For the second half of the weekend, a weak cold front is set to move through northern Florida, ending up as a fading front over Lake Okeechobee. That may induce a soggy finish to Sunday and a wet start to the work week.
As for the tropics...
Leslie has been downgraded to a tropical storm that continues slowly moving north with the possibility of its center passing east of Bermuda on Sunday. Further out east in the Atlantic, hurricane Michael is expected to continue its northwest path for the next couple of days staying far away from land and remaining a concern only for the shipping industry.
Both of these storms are expected to track north and come very close to one another. If both Leslie and Michael happen to come within 1000 miles of each other, the phenomenon known as the Fujiwhara Effect will take place. What exactly is the Fujiwhara Effect? This is when two tropical systems come in close proximity to each other creating the effect of the storms dancing around one another. Once the interaction has taken place, the strongest storm overtakes the weakest becoming the main tropical feature in the area. In essence, one absorbs the other.
Closer to home, the area of low pressure located in the Gulf of Mexico maintains its eastward drift over the northern Gulf of Mexico with only a 20 percent chance of redeveloping into a tropical cyclone.