Be on Guard...
Posted by Brent Cameron
Two weather features are on the move and both are moving in the general direction of south Florida! First, we're keeping our eyes on an upper low that's spinning over the northern Bahamas. This disturbance is NOT tropical and will simply create a wetter and more unsettled environment for us, beginning Tuesday. The upper low will probably send us some periods of rain with thunderstorms (and it has nothing to do with "Chantal", the tropical system that's approaching the eastern Caribbean islands). Ok, I mentioned TWO weather disturbances that we're following and (as you may have guessed) the other is Chantal, a Tropical Storm that's forecast to get stronger once it gets into the Caribbean Sea. Chantal will bring squally-type rain and wind... across the Lesser Antilles on Tuesday. After that, the tropical storm will continue moving to the northwest (generally) and it could approach the island of Hispaniola by late Wednesday. If the system spends much time over land, while encountering high terrain, we could see Chantal weaken considerably, however NHC thinks upper winds will be favorable for Chantal to remain as a tropical storm as it nears the Bahamas and South Florida. By the way, the late week steering winds will play a role on the future track of Chantal. Those upper winds may be sharp enough to veer it (or its remnants) possibly turning it away from the U.S. altogether. If that happens, we'll just get some "indirect effects" that should be minimal... from Friday into the weekend. Stay tuned.