Posted by Brent Cameron
Relentless rain has been bombarding south Florida. What's the reason for so much wet weather? A disturbance lifting out of the Caribbean Sea (crossing the Yucatan Channel) is responsible for "pumping up" a lot of deep tropical moisture. The disturbance is being monitored closely...for the potential of development. Should it become a depression, the number would be twelve... and there's even a decent chance of it becoming Tropical Storm Karen while in the southern Gulf of Mexico.
Here's a recent satellite picture of the now-symetrical-looking disturbance:
The cloud bands are now wrapping around the apparent center (despite some drier air to its north and west). Regardless of future development, there's a high chance that Florida will get even more rainfall in the days ahead! By the way, on Wednesday, Miami International Airport racked up over 4 inches of rain (a record for the date)! It will be necessary to monitor the course of the disturbance as it tracks northward into the Gulf. We... in south Florida... will remain on the wetter side of the system. Having said that, though, if it veers more toward the west (away from our state) rain chances will be "less". Conversely, if it veers closer, you can count on even more rain with the continued threat of street flooding.