11 AM UPDATE: “Broward County has had multiple road closures, along with reports of pumps operating at maximum capacity, and even moderate accumulations may compound any issues already in place,” Steven Ippoliti, Lead Forecaster/Incident Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Miami.
The Food Watch was extended until 8 p.m. in Broward, but it expired in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties at 11 a.m.
ENCORE! Florida’s wet week was roundly applauded in parts of the peninsula that were sliding into drought conditions. Now, nature has decided that a repeat performance is in order for the beginning of the work week. In addition, it appears that heavy rain may have booked a return engagement for next weekend. (Image credit: NWS-Miami)
Drier weather could finally settle in on Tuesday, according to forecasters at the National Weather Service in Miami. But we should probably put the word “drier” in quotes — rain chances will only fall to around 30 percent.
Then they bounce right back up into the 60-70 percent range for the end of the week. After that, said forecasters at the National Weather Service in Miami, “the potential for a return to heavy rainfall will have to be watched.”
Forecast models continue to battle it out over what happens during the Memorial Day holiday. In any case, another stormy weekend is likely for the Florida peninsula, forecasters say.
Melbourne: “both models (GFS and ECMWF) show deep tropical moisture overspreading the peninsula during the first part of the upcoming holiday weekend, which will prompt high rain chances with a threat for heavy rain and localized flooding due to already wet conditions.”
Tampa: “Models continue to differ on their handling of tropical moisture/disturbance moving out of the western Caribbean. GFS appears to be an easterly outlier compared to ECMWF and CMC (Canadian) but still plenty of time to see how things will play out in the coming days.”
Saturday/ early Sunday rainfall totals:
Miami 0.61; Fort Lauderdale, 0.87 (Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport reported 4.39 inches through 7 a.m. Sunday morning); West Palm Beach, 1.56; and Naples 0.20.
A Boca Raton observer reported 4.84 inches; West Lake Worth reported 3.54 inches; and western Pompano Beach, 4.52. In Miami-Dade County, Homestead Air Force Base reported 2.77 inches.
Key West, 0.06; Marathon, 0.55
Orlando, 1.34; Melbourne, 0.40; Vero Beach, 0.89; and Fort Pierce, 1.22;
Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network highlights: 5.74 inches in northeastern Martin County; 3.92 inches in Lee County south of Fort Myers.
Inland Central Florida counties reported around a half-inch to an inch-and-a-half.
Will the weather be nice enough for some Memorial Day weekend boating in Florida? Stay tuned. (Image Credit: Safe Boating Campaign/ NWS-Melbourne)