BRET: The latest on the storm per the NHC (National Hurricane Center reads:
"DEEP CONVECTION HAS BEEN RATHER MEAGER IN ASSOCIATION WITH BRET THIS MORNING. A FEW THUNDERSTORMS REDEVELOPED OVER THE SOUTHWESTERN PORTION OF THE CIRCULATION...BUT RECENTLY THIS CONVECTION HAS BEEN ON THE WANE. VISIBLE SATELLITE IMAGES SHOW THAT THE LOW-LEVEL CENTER OF THE STORM IS EXPOSED NEAR THE NORTHERN EDGE OF THE SMALL DENSE OVERCAST. THE INTENSITY IS HELD AT 45 KT BASED ON A BLEND OFDVORAK ESTIMATES FROM TAFB AND SAB...ALTHOUGH THIS IS PROBABLY A GENEROUS ESTIMATE.
(I'd say, "Eat my Shorts").
SOME HISTORY: Bret formed when there was a break in a trough axis which was running across the Panhandle for several days, if you were watching all the rain up there last week. The low that was near Panama City is now near Louisiana. The break in that trough is obvious here now with northerly winds and dry air (over most but South Florida) where high pressure broke through from the north...the other part of the
trough became Bret which is now pulling off to the NE..(aka, Bart is Splitting the Scene).
Once that 'trough' in the mid levels (which eastern Florida is still in as well as Bret) pulls far enough away the Atlantic ridge axis which is our summer time guiding principle ...which had completely
dropped out of the picture...will be able to move back in again..which is what is going to happen during the next 48 hours...but then the moisture over South Florida has to be filtered back north..and that will take another day or two..unfortunately, the trough (and Bret)..pulling away is also taking all of that moisture that was around here with it, or nearly so..so we will be left with less storm coverage with lower precipitable water air ...but enough to squeeze out storms with sea breeze convergences..in days ahead.
TODAY: Showers and some thunder far South Florida toward the Keys. Maybe a few light showers East Central as well due to moisture convergence at the mid levels and a little bit of lift provided by weak speed shear from the ENE just above the surface. Any showers will be brief and isolated.
TOMORROW: Bret will pull further away and moisture levels will attempt to creep back northward.
The NAM is much more aggressive than the more reliable GFS (Which has been the most reliable for several weeks now)...so will hedge with the GFS, which leaves us with showers/thunder along SE Florida possibly reaching as far north as SE Osceola County toward extreme SW Brevard...but likely a bit further south than that.
THURSDAY-SATURDAY: Each day moisture will work further north as the Atlantic ridge builds in
across South Central Florida. This will push the better rain chances over South Florida further toward the west..but further north as well..to include all of South Central Florida toward the Beach Line..possibly as far north as I-4 on Saturday or Sunday. Storms will remain isolated, although there could be a period from 5)30pm toward 7:00pm that there will be a number of storms primarily lined up
along and west of the east coast seabreeze which should be just along or west of I-95. Storm debris could wash off to the east coast of the Space and Treasure Coasts as storms dissipate, although on one of these days at least it is possible they might actually reach US1 or maybe even A1A.
BEYOND: There are two schools of thought heading toward next week. 1) Ridge axis remains somewhere between South Central to Dead Central Florida with diurnal, sea/lake breeze thunderstorms in the interior 2) A healthy tropical wave well east in the Atlantic holds its own and relocates the
ridge axis well to the north of Central Florida. This places the entire state in a more easterly flow...
with showers...time will tell as approach the end of the weekend. We are getting closer to the
true Tropical Season.
Who knows, in weeks or months ahead, Bart...er Bret, could be followed by: