Tropical downpours

Wind-swept rains will arrive across south Florida in the days ahead.   Most will move along quickly, but these sudden downpours could cause a lot of “splashing and dashing.”  Be prepared as you drive, the heavy nature of showers could lead to blinding conditions with low to no visibility.  Deep tropical moisture is streaming northward in response to a tropical system forecast to strengthen over the eastern Gulf of Mexico.   As of this writing, it’s a tropical depression but the official outlook (from the National Hurricane Center) has it becoming a tropical storm over the next day or two.  The system will continue to move northward, followed by a steady turn to the northeast.   Areas near Florida’s Big Bend may need to deal with strong impacts of wind and rain (along with much stronger surf).   South Florida, meanwhile, will remain on the wetter side of the disturbance so local rain chances will stay “on the high side” through Thursday or Friday.   We’re hoping for drier conditions by the upcoming Labor Day weekend.   Stay tuned.