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WOKV Radio & First Alert Weather... Watching for Tropical Development in the Gulf

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Updated: 9/18/2013 9:58 am

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A cool front is rolling through the First Coast & will bring quite a change for our midweek weather. Wed. will be windy with plenty of clouds & cooler temps. & -- most importantly -- bands of heavy rain that will feed westward off the Atlantic. There will be the potential for 1-3" of rain in spots, locally more -- especially closer to the coast. Temps. will only reach the low to mid 80s from Highway 301 & I-95 to the coast...mid to upper 80s well inland. Word of caution!: the rip current risk will be very high Wed.-Thu. Best advice is to stay out of the ocean.

WED MORNING UPDATE: 5"of rain on the S'side of Jax overnight.  The heaviest rains for the rest of the day will occur from the beaches to about Highway 301 including Duval, Nassau, St. Johns & Clay Co.  Looks like there will be a gradual shift south of the heaviest rain as we go through the day.  Scattered showers will continue into tonight with locally heavy rain bands still rotating inland off the Atlantic.  Rain will diminish for Thu.  Send First Alert photos/video ** here ** .... send rain & storm reports:

Drier weather, lighter winds & more sun will return by Fri. continuing into the start of our weekend -- Sat. will be the "pick day" of the weekend. Sunday is looking wet.

The late weekend rain will continue into early next week & will be tied to:

-- at the very least - deep, tropical moisture

-- at the very worst - a tropical system

So....onto to the tropics (click ** here ** for "Talking the Tropics With Mike"). It looks like there could be 2 areas of tropical development in the coming days:

(1) east of the Bahamas. This disturbance would move northeast & should be of little importance to the First Coast or any of the U.S.

(2) of much greater interest will be the potential for tropical development in the Gulf of Mexico. How this system might evolve is very uncertain with indications of possibly 2 systems -- one that moves over the Northern/Northeast Gulf then moves northeast affecting the First Coast Sun. & Mon. with heavy rain potential.

The second system would then evolve or languish over the Western or Southwest Gulf of Mexico.

The bottom line at this point is we need to keep a close eye on the Gulf of Mexico & there will be heavy rain potential for the First Coast Sunday into Monday -- stay tuned!

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