Colleagues, FORECAST: Tropical Storm Bret formed just North of the Bahamas with the minimal winds of 35 mph. This storm will strengthen some over the next day or so, but not make make hurricane status. I will slowly move northerly and then veer off to the northeast. The southeast coast might get a little rain and cloud cover, no more.
DISCUSSION: I had computer problems, which delayed my getting our an earlier forecast. I think (hope) the problems are resolved. Bret is the beginning of the more active part of the hurricane season, so we will no doubt be in greater correspondence. I will be watching Bret, however in case I missed something and my forecast is in error.
NEXT FORECAST: Tuesday morning, July 19, 2011
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