Fort Walton Beach, Florida

While this might seem like a good time for a trip to Florida, but, well, right now it doesn’t look so good.

AT 855PM, ET, Fort Walton Beach was reporting clear skies with a temperature of 47 degrees, however just across Choctawhatchee Bay and even just up the road at Eglin Air Force Base, low clouds and fug had already rolled in for the evening. There was a sharp dividing line between this area of dense clouds and a clear spot surrounding Mobile Bay, and the dividing line was right through Fort Walton Beach.
A slowly developing shortwaved system was centered off the coast of Jacksonville and was helping to wrap in the necessary moisture for the low conditions despite the off shore flow. A broader system over the center of the country is developing a return flow over the central Gulf, creating low conditions there as well. As the low to the east shifts to the north, the broader low in the Plains will dangle a trough through the Florida Panhandle late tomorrow evening. Precipitation will be light, but the primary result of this boundary’s passage will be a clearing in the fog and ceilings for Wednesday.
Tomorrow – Cloudy with a chance for showers late, High 66, Low 43
Wednesday – Clearing and sunny, High 58, Low 43

TWC: Tomorrow – Cloudy with a few showers. High 64, Low 46
Wednesday – Times of sun and clouds. High 59, Low 41

AW: Tomorrow – Intervals of clouds and sunshine with a passing shower in the afternoon High 66, Low 44
Wednesday – Sunshine and patchy clouds High 58, Low 38

NWS: Tomorrow – A 30 percent chance of showers. Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny (rain before midnight) High 65, Low 44
Wednesday – Sunny High 58, Low 45

WB: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy in the morning becoming mostly sunny. Patchy fog in the morning. Chance of rain showers through the day. High 65, Low 45
Wednesday – Sunny, High 58, Low 58, Low 40

Since I started that forecast, I took a look, and the low clouds have now rolled into Fort Walton Beach. Here is a cool satellite image called a “Day/night visible satellite”. This time of night, it still shoes the sharp cloud contrast in the area.

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