Breezy warm Veterans Day; cooler later in the week

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It should be a breezy warm Veterans Day with a mix of sun and clouds and some isolated showers.

By Wednesday night and Thursday morning, temperatures should dip into the mid 60s - the low 60s in far western areas, notably in Palm Beach County - courtesy of a cold front.

South Florida's Monday forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with afternoon highs in the mid 80s, overnight lows in the low 70s and a 20 percent chance of rain. Gusts to 20 mph.

Because of the approaching front, there's a good chance of showers on Tuesday night and during the day on Wednesday.

Central Florida's Monday forecast: Partly sunny with highs in the low 80s, lows in the mid 60s and a 20 percent chance of rain.

Super Typhoon Haiyan: Insight from weather expert Jim Lushine:

The terrible loss of life in the Philippines from Super Typhoon Haiyan is so tragic, as it was one of most intense and destructive systems to hit land.

Haiyan's maximum winds at landfall were about 195, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center - the western Pacific's version of the National Hurricane Center.

To give some idea how powerful the system was, Haiyan packed more energy than all twelve of the named storms - combined - that have formed during the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season.

Also, by comparision, Hurricane Andrew, which devastated Miami-Dade County in 1992, had maximum winds estimated at 173 mph -22 mph less than Haiyan. 

The Joint Typhoon Warning Center defines a "super" typhoon as one with winds of 150 mph, which equates to a strong Category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

Super typhoons in the western Pacific are much more frequent than hurricanes of equal strength in the Atlantic. This is, at least in part, due to the fact that the Pacific is a much larger expanse of warm ocean water.

If there are super typhoons in the Pacific, could "super hurricanes" develop in the Atlantic?

They already have.

If we define a super hurricane as being equivalent to a Category 6 system - by extrapolating the Saffir-Simpson scale, a Category 6 hurricane would have top winds greater than 185 mph.

Two hurricanes, which struck the U.S. coastline, met that threshold: Camille in 1969 and the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane in the Florida Keys.

Fortunately, here in South Florida, we are much more prepared for hurricanes than anywhere else in the world. Emergency Managers have identified enough storm shelter space to accommodate evacuees, our building codes are the strongest anywhere and communications are second to none.

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