BLOG: Busy, Busy Month Ahead

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Things are going from 0 to 100 real fast!  Seems like summer flew by and now all the kids are getting ready to go back to school on Tuesday.  And overall, it’s been a pretty quiet hurricane season, but now we have THREE potential systems we will be watching over the next couple of weeks.  Keep in mind, the peak of hurricane season hits in the second week of September.

Lets get through Labor Day first.  Monday will pretty much be a carbon copy of today – mix of sun and clouds along with a slim chance of an isolated shower or two.  I want to emphasize most of us will stay perfectly dry tomorrow so keep your outdoor plans!

Temperatures will be back in the mid to upper-80s with dewpoints still hovering in the 70s.

As the kids head back to school on Tuesday, expect lots of sunshine with highs in the upper-80s.  Shorts and short-sleeves for sure!

The first week of school looks pretty quiet – no shower chances until the weekend.

Looking at the tropics….oh here we go..

First up, we have Potential Tropical Cyclone SEVEN, which is spinning between Cuba and the Bahamas, expected to gain strength over the next 48 hours.  It will likely become Tropical Storm Gordon sometime tomorrow as it crosses over the southern tip of Florida and Florida Keys.  It looks like this system will make landfall as a tropical storm late Tuesday or early Wednesday near New Orleans.

Next, we continue to monitor Tropical Storm Florence.  At this point, Florence looks to maintain tropical storm strength over the next week.  Our American and European forecast models have Florence approaching the east coast the following week, around Sept. 11th-12th.  By the time it closes in on the US, Florence will likely strengthen into a hurricane.  We will be watching very closely..

Behind Florence, we will be watching for a tropical wave coming off the coast of Africa.  This only has a 20% chance of developing over the next 5 days, but it’ll be worth watching.

Best of luck to all the kids in their new school year!  Keep an eye to the sky!

-Meteorologist Ashley Baylor

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