1st Cold Blast of 2012 Florida Fall Season
Posted by Phil Ferro
We are noticing a beautiful change in our local weather with drier and cooler air in place courtesy of a cold front that moved through our region yesterday and allowed for high pressure to settle into the middle portion of the United States. Parts of South Florida will be flirting with record lows as we wake up to the first cold blast of the 2012 Florida fall season Tuesday morning. This pattern should remain in place at least until Wednesday when temperatures should begin to bounce back closer to our seasonal highs.
By the middle of the week, high pressure moves in over the Gulf of Mexico allowing for a decrease in wind speed which should then give way to a weaker cold front by the end of the week. This front will allow for the dry air to continue through our region and for our temperatures to remain nice and mild.
**Coastal flood advisory remains for the Florida Keys until 5 AM Tuesday**
**High risk of rip currents in effect until 10 Pm this evening for Miami Dade, Broward and West Palm Beach**
Hurricane Sandy continues to batter the Eastern Seaboard with hurricane force winds expected between portions of Virginia and Massachusetts. As of the 5 PM advisory, Sandy was located about 30 miles ESE of Atlantic City, New Jersey with maximum sustained winds of 90 mph moving WNW at 28 mph. Sandy is being called a super storm due to its extensive size with with hurricane force winds extending outward some 175 miles and tropical storm force winds extending about 485 miles. We will continue to watch Sandy as it makes its way through the NE coast of the U.S.