The National Weather Service in Miami is warning of the possibility for waterspouts to form off Palm Beach County’s coast today as light winds and warm rising air mix.
A marine weather statement issued at 8:56 a.m. said boaters should be alert for showers from Jupiter to Deerfield Beach that could whip up the watery tornadoes.
An updated forecast at 10:05 a.m. says isolated funnel clouds and lightning strikes are also possible.
“Waterspouts are very common for us,” said Andrew Hagen, a meteorologist with the NWS in Miami. “Most of them don’t do any damage, but if you are in a boat, you certainly want to be aware of them.”
Tomorrow, a front will move into Florida bringing drier and cooler air for Thursday and Friday.
The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., has coastal Southeast Florida under a marginal threat for severe thunderstorms Wednesday afternoon. Forecasters note, however that the west winds should confine any intense storm activity to over the water.
Hagen said Miami forecasters are still looking at the potential for storms tomorrow.
“We’re not expecting anything near the severe criteria,” he said. “There will be a little bit of wind shear and instability ahead of the front that could generate a few strikes of lightning.”
A second cold front will follow later in the week, dropping high temperatures on Sunday to just 72 degrees. The timing of the second front is a little less clear at this point. It could arrive Friday afternoon through Saturday morning.
If the high Sunday only reaches 72 degrees, that’s 3 degrees below normal for this time of year and a significant reduction from unusually warm temperatures that should reach 82 degrees today and tomorrow in West Palm Beach.
The normal high temperature for early January is 75 degrees, with an overnight low of 57 degrees.
On Monday morning, four weather stations monitored by the NWS in Miami broke warm overnight records, including a 75 measurement at Palm Beach International Airport.