FIRST ROUND OF HEAVY RAINS MOVE INTO ATLANTIC

At 8 AM, Tropical Storm DEBBY was still stationary 90 miles SSW of Apalachicola, FL. It is weakening with winds now down to 50 mph.

Overnight and early morning rains dumped around 5 inches of rain on northeast Florida. While DEBBY remains stalled over the Gulf of Mexico SSW of Tallahssee, and unstable atmosphere continues over the Florida peninsula, northeast Florida and extreme southeast Georgia. Daytime heating will result in more heavy rains and a few severe thunderstorms by late afternoon.

DEBBY’s “eye” (tropical storms sometimes have a center, but no eye) appears elongated in the direction of 2 mini-vortices. Some hurricanes go through a transition where a vortex becomes a second eye that becomes the center of the storms’s circulation. But in most hurricanes, these vortices merely rotate around the storm’s main center. I am sure that this storm, like almost all tropical storms, will give tropical meteorologists more lessons on the behavior of tropical systems.

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