Tropical Depression Three remains sloppy and, more importantly, remains offshore.
An early morning look at the Melbourne radar shows TD3 chugging along at a slightly northward clip, with the bulk of the convection on the east side of the circulation. A quick radar sampling of the winds shows some gusts up to 40 MPH on the east side of the storm, but it’s worth noting that the radar beam is about 10,000 feet above ground (er, sea) that far away, so it’s not a good estimate of winds right at the ground (er sea) level.
On satellite, the cloud cover looks a little more impressive, but you’ll note there’s no clearly defined eye to the storm… another sign that it’s basically a bunch of thunderstorms peacocking a bit to get the National Hurricane Center’s attention.
Our weather story for the week continues to be the potential for heavy rainfall. As TD3 gets sucked up by an approaching front, the front itself becomes the primary weathermaker for us, with rain chances of about 70% for the remainder of the week.
The arrival of the front is evidenced by the fact that storms developing today are expected to form off of the west coast seabreeze, pushing eastward through the attractions area between 1PM and 4PM, continuing on toward the Cape and Port Canaveral by late afternoon and early evening.