Tropical depression no threat to Florida, but rain still in forecast

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Nearly the entire country will be seeing rain at some point this holiday weekend with the exception being the West Coast and the northern Rockies. Once there, environmental conditions could become slightly more favorable for an area of surface low pressure to form.

As we enter the peak of hurricane season, it is no surprise that the tropics are heating up.

Regardless of development, this system could produce heavy rainfall across portions of Hispaniola, the Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Florida into early next week. The total rainfall for the year is at 33.23 inches — nearly half of that rain coming in August.

The depression is moving toward the west-northwest near 14 miles per hour, and this general motion is expected to continue for the next several days.

The fifth named storm of the 2018 season formed in the eastern Atlantic early Saturday morning. Given how far north this wave will be when it pushes off the African coast, there is certainty that it will curve safely into open Atlantic waters.

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Today: Rain chances are between 20-30% as an onshore flow usher showers and storms from the Atlantic Ocean into our inland zones.

Another complication is the tropical wave lingering in the Caribbean, which the National Hurricane Center said has less than a 10 percent chance of developing into a tropical system.

Bottom line: Don't cancel those Labor Day weekend plans, keep the umbrella around and pay attention to future forecasts.

As of this time, this is something to monitor but nothing of overwhelming concern.

A tropical wave across moving across South Florida will allow clouds to increase throughout the day. This wave could bring showers and gusty winds to the Virgin Islands area late tonight, Thursday, and Friday.

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