Ever since Hurricane Matthew threatened with 140 mph winds earlier this month, it seems the bluster hasn’t let up.
In fact, since Oct. 5 there has been only one day where the average wind speed at Palm Beach International Airport dropped below double digits. On Saturday, average speeds were near 16 mph with gusts to 29 mph.
I had three people ask Monday why it’s been so windy and when it will stop.
The National Weather Service in Miami said that while Matthew was the culprit for the high winds beginning Oct. 5, it all can’t be blamed on the trouble-making tropical cyclone.
A large high pressure system with a clockwise flow is centered over north Georgia and that’s sending easterly winds into Florida.
At the same time, a low pressure system east of the Bahamas that has a 70 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone is spinning in a counter-clockwise direction, which also sends easterly winds toward Florida’s east coast.
So when is it going to end?
“The forecast continues to show either a northeast or east wind at 15 to 20 mph through at least Thursday with a high risk of rip currents and hazardous seas,” said Andrew Hagen, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Miami. “Around that low pressure system you’re going to have winds streaming in from the northeast toward South Florida.”
A cold front moving across the country is expected to weaken the high pressure system, which will allow the low pressure, which would be named Otto if it becomes a tropical cyclone, to move toward the north.
That system is not expected to affect Florida.
With the cold front, winds are expected to come out of the north beginning Thursday night and mostly stay that way through the weekend.
A break in wind speeds could occur beginning Friday morning, but they should still be in the 8 to 11 mph range.