Fay Tuesday Morning

Tropical Storm Fay has moved over south Florida. The National Weather Service Doppler Radar in Miami shows rainfall estimates in the image below.

Rainfall estimates in excess of 10 inches are highlighted in red between Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.

Despite the fact that Fay moved directly over the islands of Hispaniola and Cuba the storm strengthened and part of the reason is most likely the exceptionally warm water surrounding Cuba. Notice the red shading around Cuba in the NOAA Sea Surface Temperature satellite picture below.

The color scale shows water temperatures around Cuba of at least 30 degrees Celsius ( 86 degrees Fahrenheit ).

The Tuesday morning NOAA visible satellite image shows the extent of the storm over south Florida.

The latest forecast track shows that Tropical Storm Fay is expected to move from southwest Florida to near Jacksonville and then turn to the west toward southern Alabama or northwest Florida as a Tropical Depression. Some computer models have suggested that Fay could move into the northern Gulf of Mexico and possibly strengthen. It appears unlikely that remnants of Fay will head toward Maryland. High pressure is forecast to settle over the Mid Atlantic region by the end of the week and that feature should hold the storm to the south.

For the latest information on Tropical Storm Fay, check our Hurricane Tracker at http://www.wbaltv.com/hurricanes/index.html

John Collins

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