Some areas of Florida’s East Coast saw heavy rainfall Thursday afternoon into Friday morning, but coverage was spotty.
An observer in The Acreage, Palm Beach County, reported 2.19 inches to the National Weather Service in Miami. There were widespread reports of an inch or more in South Florida’s metro areas.
A CoCoRaHS observer in Palmetto Bay in South Miami-Dade County reported 1.91 inches through 7 a.m. Friday, while an observer in Kendall checked in with 1.19 inches.
An observer in Plantation, Broward County, also reported 1.19 inches, and an observer in Hillsborough Beach, northeast corner of Broward, found 1.74 inches in the backyard bucket.
Totals of around a half-inch were the rule in Palm Beach County, although — in addition to the heavy rain reported in the Acreage — an observer on Singer Island checked in with 1.80 inches.
East-Central Florida had around a quarter- to a half-inch, but an observer in Satellite Beach reported 1.10 inches, and some locations in northern Brevard County had a little more than an inch.
More spotty coverage was reported in Jacksonville, with amounts ranging from just a few hundredths of an inch to around an inch, especially southwest of the city.
Official numbers were more modest: 0.66 of an inch were reported at Miami International Airport; 0.44 of an inch fell in Fort Lauderdale; and West Palm Beach picked up 0.40 of an inch. Naples was dry.
Central and North Florida (Wednesday-Thursday): Orlando, 0.13; Melbourne, 0.81; Vero Breach, 0,37; Sanford, 0.74; Tampa, 0.16; and Jacksonville, 0.05.
RECORD WATCH: Naples tied a record warm low Thursday with 76, while Orlando tied a record warm low with 73.
AN UMBRELLA WON’T HELP: Saturday’s forecast is for partly cloudy skies with a chance of falling rocket parts. Military officials will be on the lookout worldwide for re-entry of a Chinese rocket that was launched on April 29 to carry living quarters to the Chinese space station.
It’s expected to re-enter the atmosphere on or around May 8, with “potentially dangerous” debris making it to the Earth’s surface, according to Reuters.
The location of the descent “cannot be pinpointed until within hours of its re-entry,” the U.S. Space Command told the news service.
Since 70 percent of the world is covered by water, chances are high that the debris will fall into the ocean. But land areas, and even buildings, have been hit by space debris in the past.
Tracking duties have been assigned to the 18th Space Control Squadron north of Los Angeles. This weekend’s rocket descent isn’t the only thing that’s been keeping personnel busy — there are about 27,000 objects in low orbit around the Earth that warrant attention.