Rounds of Rain
Posted by Brent Cameron
Our wet pattern just doesn't want to break! Several weather elements are consistently coming together to create rainy times and frequent thunderstorms. The main concerns (through the middle of the week) will be both gusty winds and the potential for flooding. Since the "moisture field" over us is so significant, any rain shower could produce tropical-type downpours and low visibilities. You'll need to watch for rapidly changing driving conditions as the week continues.
Since the weekend, parts of south Florida have already picked up between 10 and 15 inches of rain. As a result, the ground is saturated and won't be able to hold much more water... before rapid run-off. Drains have also been very challenged (trying to keep up with so much standing water). By the way, the hardest hit locale has been the Cooper City to Davie area, in Broward County.
The current weather map shows distant high pressure with several disturbances rotating around the southern base of the high (which is centered over the middle Atlantic states). Basically, the instability showers will continue to move from the Bahamas toward south Florida... on the steady breeze from the ocean. Because of the unsettled set-up, we're also getting gray and dreary days. Stubborn clouds have been the rule and that has kept temperatures below average, too!
The overall pattern isn't expected to break until the upcoming weekend. Until then, tote your umbrella and watch for periods of heavy rain!