Wednesday Afternoon Forecast Discussion Update

It seems the 2007 Atlantic Hurricane Season is kicking off early this year. The strong disturbance that we’ve been monitoring off of the East Coast has been classified as “Sub-Tropical Storm Andrea.” Maximum sustained winds are now 45 mph and its located about 110 miles southeast of Savannah, GA. The system is subtropical because it has some of the components of a tropical and non-tropical system. The winds are much broader from the center as opposed to a classic tropical storm; however, this system could develop into a tropical storm as thunderstorms develop near the center of circulation. The good news is that the rains from the system will help the drought conditions over South Georgia and Florida. Over 40,000 acres of real estate has been impacted by wildfires over South Georgia!

Locally, we are still sunny and dry. The temperatures are warmer today, with readings in the middle 80s. Tonight it will remain pleasant, with lows in the 60s. The only change tomorrow will be the addition of a few clouds. Otherwise, high-pressure will keep us very dry and as no surprise, we will not have a chance of rain tomorrow. The high-pressure ridge over the state is expected to weaken due to some interaction with Andrea and a disturbance to our west. I’m still expecting scattered showers and thunderstorms for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The chance for scattered thunderstorms looks to remain in the forecast through the start of next week, but I’m not expecting the activity to be as great in coverage.

We will be keeping an eye on Andrea to our east. I’m not expecting a major change in that systems strength through tonight. In fact, the long-range guidance has the system impacting the Florida east coast and weakening. Then the energy should drift back into the Atlantic.

Wes Wyatt
Chief Meteorologist WVUA-TV