The 13th named storm of the season has formed outside of the tropics off the coast of New York. Melissa is called a subtropical storm which is expected to move to the NE over the weekend and weaken as a cold front picks it up and carries it off the into the open waters of the Atlantic.
The system which brought the rain to parts of the Suncoast this past week is slipping away and high pressure is building in. This will bring plenty of sunshine and slightly cooler weather our way over the weekend.
No cold fronts on the horizon for the Suncoast at this time. We usually don’t see a strong cold front for the Suncoast until the 2nd week of Oct. One long range model is showing a cold front sliding through our area next Saturday (Oct. 13th).
Strong upper winds and dry air will be the demise of tropical storm Karen as it eventually weakens to a trough of low pressure early next week. The trough of low pressure may get close enough to Florida to bring in some instability and moisture next week which will enhance our rain chances.
It appears that we’ve dodged another bullet as this tropical system will stay well to our east over the weekend. Earlier this week forecast models were suggesting a Florida strike and had it moving across the State and bringing much more rain and windy conditions to our area.
Dry air will continue to hang around through Wednesday with little chance for showers in the afternoon and early evening. Look for mostly sunny skies on Wednesday with highs in the mid 90′s inland and low 90′s near the coast.
Thursday night at the Gold Coast Eagle distributorship headquarters in Lakewood Ranch the “My Breast Friends 941” held its first ever fundraiser to raise awareness and money to help families, friends and survivors who are going through this difficult time.