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Brent Cameron

Getting Old

Posted by Brent Cameron

Guaging reaction to our string of wet weather days, I'd say this pattern is "getting old".   In addition to dodging downpours, we've been lacking sunshine.   Gloomy days with lots of rain have been the rule.

The reason for so much rain revolves around lingering low pressure dragging abundant moisture into south Florida from the tropics.  The low (which is spinning over the eastern Gulf of Mexico) also supports a surface disturbance which is slowly drifting across the region.  As a result, there's an ongoing instance of "lift" with enhanced moisture that's leading to so much rainfall!

Some of the recent rain (for the mid-week) ranges from 1 to 5 inches... with common tallies between 2 and 4 inches.  Of course, this is on top of amounts around 10 inches, just since the weekend!  

The overall pattern isn't going to involve a real overhaul anytime soon.  Instead, we'll continue to tap into this deep moisture through the rest of the week.  The long range forecast calls for some slight drying into second half of the weekend and into next week.  Coverage will be less widespread and sky conditions will appear brighter. 

By the way, the high frequency of rain with low cloud cover has given south Florida an unusual benefit:  some summertime cooling.  High temperatures have barely been above 80 degrees... at a time when our normal high is 91-degrees. 

Finally, the ground is saturated and streets and parking lots still have a lot of standing water.  Don't drive through flooded areas and (particularly) use caution at night when you may not have time to react to ponding.  As we always say, "never drive into waters of unknown depth".   There's a good chance you won't be able to determine how deep the water cover is... so turn around and take an alternative route!

Brent Cameron

Posted 07/17/13, 3:36pm
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