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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Posted at 1:28 PM

isolated showers

...HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK...

A few showers will push west across the Kissimmee River basin and Lake county. It does not appear that these showers will strengthen into lightning storms before moving into west central Florida.

Isolated Atlantic showers are expected to diminish as they push into the coastline due to subsidence associated with the sea breeze circulation. A few may have a higher chance of reaching the coast late in the afternoon and early in the evening from about south Volusia into Brevard county.

The main hazard will continue to be rip currents. The surf zone early in the afternoon looked more inviting to surfers and beachgoers due to less of a wind chop. However a 9 to 10 second swell around 3 feet will continue to generate dangerous rip currents. The greatest seaward pull of rip currents should continue through mid afternoon, due to tidal effects. Still, beachgoers should remain cautious through late day after lifeguard protection typically ends. Never swim alone in the ocean.

Posted by Randy Lascody

Posted at 11:24 AM

Edited on: Saturday, May 30, 2015 11:32 AM
isolated showers with brief downpours

...HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK...

Easterly low level winds will push isolated to scattered showers to interior sections of the peninsula, with most activity shifting into western sections by late afternoon. There is a slight chance for lightning storms mainly from near the Kissimmee River basin into Lake county. With moist low levels and weaker winds than the past several days, an isolated funnel cloud is also possible into early afternoon, though with the relatively weak convection, we would not anticipate any touchdowns to occur.

The main hazard will continue to be rip currents. The surf zone will look more inviting than previous days due to less wind chop on the ocean. However a 9 to 10 second swell around 3 feet will continue to generate dangerous rip currents. Low tide is around noon, and the greatest seaward pull of rip currents should occur 3 hours either side of low tide.

Crowds are not expected to be as great as last weekend, when lifeguards had to save hundreds of ocean bathers. But rip currents should be just as strong.

If you know someone going to the beach, make sure they are aware of ocean hazards, especially rip currents. Swim only near a lifeguard and heed their advice. Never swim alone in the ocean.

Posted by Randy Lascody

Posted at 8:28 AM

High Rip Current Risk

...HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK...

There has been little change in the easterly wind flow pattern, except that speeds have eased slightly. Low level moisture has been increasing, so there are more Atlantic cloud lines producing isolated showers. There will be a chance of showers across the area this morning. Daytime heating may lead to a few lightning storms over the interior this afternoon.

The main weather hazard will continue to be rip currents. The surf zone will look more inviting than previous days due to less wind chop on the ocean. However a 9 to 10 second swell around 3 feet will continue to generate dangerous rip currents. Low tide is around noon, and the greatest seaward pull of rip currents should occur 3 hours either side of low tide.

Crowds are not expected to be as great as last weekend, when lifeguards had to save hundreds of ocean bathers. But rip currents should be just as strong.

If you know someone going to the beach, make sure they are aware of ocean hazards, especially rip currents. Swim only near a lifeguard and heed their advice. Never swim alone in the ocean.

Posted by Randy Lascody

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