Posted by Brent Cameron
Most of south Florida has been hampered by heavy downpours recently. Many places even racked up rain amounts in excess of 4-inches already this week! Needless to say, a new drying trend is welcomed as it begins to take over our current weather pattern.
Since we've had very little sunshine lately, the brighter sky conditions are another positive sign. A few random cloud bands will rotate across the area, at times, but there will also be a fair amount of sunshine during the late-week days. Also, you may have noticed that the sun is going down earlier and earlier, now that we're in the fall season. The current sunset is just prior to 7:15 pm!
The current weather map shows a weak front that's fizzling-out over north-central Florida. As the front dissipates, the "door will be open" for high pressure to work in. The high is originating out of the western Atlantic (well east of the Bahamas) and expanding over a large area.
In the tropics, a new depression has formed... but it's far away and not expected to impact any land areas. Depression fifteen is in the east-central Atlantic and it's likely to get steered northward then whisked away by strong upper level winds. Elsewhere in the tropics, Nadine is finally losing tropical characteristics (in the northeastern Atlantic, near the Azores islands). By the way, as we continue through the month of October we'll need to focus on any potential "spin" that forms over the southern Gulf and western Caribbean (among other spots). Basically, tropical systems are more prone to form closer to land areas... especially over water from central America toward Florida and the Bahamas.