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The weekend is upon us… and so is a line of storms. The wind is already wicked. As the cold front moves through this afternoon it will bring in rain, higher winds, and maybe even a bit of rotation. We are NOT set up for a huge tornado outbreak, but there is the possibility of an isolated tornado. We’ll keep you posted on Local 6.

In the meantime you can always track the radar on JustWeather.com

Let’s talk about the weekend. After about 9 o’clock tonight, the dangerous weather will be over for Central Florida for the weekend. That is not to say it’s going to be perfect. Matter of fact, it’s still going to be windy, cool, and almost uncomfortable. Check out the weekend forecast:

Weekend

It’s dry, but it’s not warm. That means the Nascar Bud Shootout at Daytona will be a little on the cool side. Race time is set for 8:10 Saturday night. My forecast is Temp 52, wind WNW 10-15… that’ s going to feel more like 48 to 45 degrees. Yes, it’s Daytona. No, you can’t wear your shorts. Dress for a chilly night.

Shuttle Launch: People are going to pack the coast for the last night launch of the Shuttle. Launch time is set for 4:39 a.m. Sunday morning. You can watch it live on Local 6 or you can see it live online at ClickOrlando.com  The rain won’t be here to stop the launch. The wind is the main concern. My launch forecast is Temp 52, Wind NW 15 mph. The official forecast calls for an 80% chance of a GO. I think it will happen.

Super Bowl Forecast: Okay, kickoff is 6:30pm Sunday. Last time the Super Bowl was in Miami it poured rain. Not this time. This time it’s going to feel like fall. Here’s the forecast from our Miami JustWeather.com site

Weekend

Kickoff forecast is Temp 62, Wind N 5 mph. That’s excellent football weather. Not too cold, no rain, wind not a factor. I’m still torn over who I want to win or think will win. All along I’ve felt like this is the Colts game to lose. But maybe the stars are really aligned for the Saints. Injuries to the defense, Adam Veniteri is not playing, people talking trash about Manning. Could be a weird game. Maybe New Orleans does it. I don’t know. I do know that I LOVE the city of New Orleans, I adore the culture of Louisiana. I listen to WAY too much Better Than Ezra music, and I would wrestle you for beignets and a cup of Cafe Du Monde coffee. Basically my spirit is for New Orleans. But my head says “it’s Peyton Manning. You love Peyton… you know you want the Colts to win.”

Either way I’m watching the game until halftime, from my house, on Local 6. Then I’m into the studio for the late news after the cool new show on CBS called “Undercover Boss.” I’ve only seen previews of the show, but it looks good.

Gotta get lunch done now and get to tracking these afternoon storms.

Talk later,

TS

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It’s Friday. Most Americans have this day off in celebration of July 4th. But let’s be real. News doesn’t sleep, weather is news (so my bosses like to tell me) and the atmosphere doesn’t care what day of the week it is. So I’m working…  Two days ago I posted my first ever blog. It was a piece on the slow start to this hurricane season and how that doesn’ t mean much. Today the Hurricane Center in Miami is watching a wave in the Atlantic.  The forecasters there are only giving this wave about a 30% chance of developing… I think they are being generous. It’s not in the usual place for a storm to get going this time of year. Not to mention the sea surface temps there are not quite warm enough to start the fire as we say. Not a doubt in my mind we are going to have SOME action this season. I just don’t think this is the wave that starts it. We’ll see. Remember, most tropical activity starts after the 1st of August. It’s like flipping a switch. Don’t expect too much,  too soon.  We get a little more concerned come August.

NASCAR has a weird place in my life. My Grandfather LOVED the races. (He’d sit on his front porch with a radio and listen on Sunday afternoons. He liked Cale Yarborough and the Allisons.) My Dad liked NASCAR. Dad pulled for whoever was driving a Ford.  I didn’t  inherit that love of the track until I lived in SouthCarolina. While living there I caught the fever. I have TONS of memories that I’ll not bore you with. Just let it be enough to say that NASCAR today, while I still like it, is not the NASCAR my Grandfather, my Dad and I loved. It’s changed so much. Still the Daytona International Speedway will be packed tomorrow night for the Coke Zero 400. Mother nature is looking to play a big part. Latest model runs put the sea breeze inland by 6:30pm. The only problem is the surface winds blow the rain back to Daytona by about 9:30. That would mean the 7:45-8:00 p.m. start would happen… but that rain would stop things about an hour in. I don’t know how late NASCARwill hold things before calling it a day (a night… whatever) but the rain looks to be off shore by around 11:30pm. I’ll post again tomorrow afternoon with new ideas for timing of the rain.

The fireworks in downtown Orlando look like they will be a go! The rain gets to Orlando by 6 or 6:30 p.m….then moves south by about 8 or 8:30. I”ll pop a new forecast for that on tomorrow’s blog as well.

Have A Sunny Day!

Tom Sorrells

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