September 1, 2009

Keeping an Eye on the Gulf

The combination of a stalled front and two areas of high pressure will lead to the formation of a small low pressure area over the eastern Gulf of Mexico Tuesday.

At this time, there are no indications that this system will produce much more than heavier showers and thunderstorms through Wednesday, but the water is warm, and tropical storms have formed under fairly similar conditions in the past.

Central and northern parts of Florida can expect the heaviest rain from this feature today.The low pressure system should slowly drift northeastward over the next few days, bringing more rainfall to Florida.

Through Thursday, a threat for localized flooding will occur as some areas can receive as much as 4 inches of rain.

Even higher rainfall amounts could occur if the system were to develop into a tropical depression.

Story by Meteorologist Eric Wanenchak

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