Tropical Storm Kate has become the strongest November storm in the Atlantic since 2010 - but is no threat to Florida. Currently accelerating to the northeast, the storm is expected to pass between Bermuda and the Eastern U.S. coast on Wednesday as a category 1 hurricane. After that time, it will merge with the frontal boundary that pushed through the state on Monday and become an extratropical disturbance in the open Atlantic. No other tropical development is expected over the next five days, and climatology suggests that we may well have seen this season’s last tropical storm.
Winter weather across the Western U.S. has seen over a foot of snow dumped in some locations Monday and Tuesday, and the high pressure and frontal system responsible for that mess are on the way toward the Sunshine State. While little if any rain is expected as the front pushes through Thursday evening, weekend lows will dip into the 40s across the northern half of the state. Until then, warmer but less humid conditions will prevail, with highs in the low-mid 80s Wednesday and Thursday, and lows in the upper 50s and low 60s.