Posted by Brent Cameron
It's the very heart of the summer season, and it definitely feels like it across south Florida! Of course, there's an abundance of humidity... and that humid air acts as a catalyst for developing thunderstorms.
On Saturday, storms were building over the Everglades before shifting (east) toward the Atlantic coast. The afternoon sky became dark with active periods of lightning and tropical downpours. As we look ahead into the new week, expect more storms with most of the activity arriving during the afternoon and evening time frame. You may want to schedule any outdoor plans EARLY in the day.
Currently, our air flow is directly out of the south... so we're tapping into moisture from the tropics. Steering winds are light, but from the south and west. As a result, developing storms will grow with the daytime heat, then track slowly toward the southeast coast. Some storms will also tend to "drift" erractically, so keep a watchful eye to a changing sky! If you hear thunder or see lightning, make sure that you move indoors or seek safe shelter. Too many times, people fail to act and it turns tragic.
Finally, be mindful that we've had a real surplus in rain this season, so there's the ongoing concern for flooding.