Forecast: Tropical wave will produce a soggy Labor Day for Tampa Bay

Forecast: Tropical wave will produce a soggy Labor Day for Tampa Bay

Forecast: Tropical wave will produce a soggy Labor Day for Tampa Bay

An average hurricane season produces 12 named storms, with six hurricanes, including three major hurricanes.

A tropical disturbance and its associated area of thunderstorms was located near the Dominican Republic on Friday morning, moving in the direction of South Florida.

Its not abnormal to see a wave this time of year, especially as the region enters the peak of what has been a quiet hurricane season so far.

Of more concern to National Weather Service meteorologists in Miami is a tropical wave near Puerto Rico that could bring heavy rain this weekend to areas from the Treasure Coast to the Keys.

Meanwhile, a tropical wave near Hispaniola is moving northwesterly toward the Bahamas.

The National Hurricane Center has placed medium odds for possible tropical development in the Gulf of Mexico during the first week of September. 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.

The wet weekend can be chalked up to increased moisture thats lingering and stretching east, Shiveley said.

We are still seeing the GFS bring this up to hurricane strength while the Euro tops this out at tropical storm strength.

But a separate circulation center closer to the Azores is what's forecast to send the potential tropical cyclone near the Cabo Verde Islands northwest into the Central Atlantic, said AccuWeather hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski. Afternoon storm chances will increase midday across inland areas.

Bottom line: Don't cancel those Labor Day weekend plans, keep the umbrella around and pay attention to future forecasts.

"Strong upper-level winds are expected to prevent any significant development of this system during the next several days, " the hurricane center said.

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