Tropical wave could rain on your Labor Day holiday; Florence forming?

Ignacio Smith
September 1, 2018

Another complication is the tropical wave lingering in the Caribbean, which the National Hurricane Center said has less than a 10 percent chance of developing into a tropical system. The hurricane center said the storm has an 80 percent chance of becoming a tropical storm by Saturday. We are not anticipating any impacts for us, or the USA, but shifts in the forecast track are certainly possible. Regardless of development, forecasters say the system is expected to bring rain to the area next week. For instance, the GFS forecast for Friday morning 9/7 is showing max winds of 71kts, while the Euro forecast is showing max winds of 41kts or a weak Tropical Storm.

However, by Sunday evening into Labor Day, this wave will reach the Florida peninsula and bring breezy conditions and plenty of rain.

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The National Hurricane Center has issued tropical storm warnings for Santiago, Fogo and Brava, which make up the Cabo Verde Islands.

Florence is located approximately 150 miles west of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands. Be prepared for a very rainy day Monday from start to finish until the wave continues to the northwest into the Gulf of Mexico.

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According to Met Éireann, however, reports of a tropical storm headed Ireland's way in the coming weeks are somewhat premature, for the time being at least and likely to be wide of the mark.

Hurricane season ends November 30, but September 10 is historically the "peak" day for storm activity in the Atlantic.

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The Pinpoint Weather Team will continue to monitor both systems over the next few days. The Accumulated Cyclone Energy - a measure of the strength and longevity of a storm - is 17.5 this season when the normal is 28.7.

Their current 7-day forecast is for mostly warm and dry weather with temperatures climbing to 21C as high pressure develops over Ireland.

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The name after Florence is Gordon.

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