Miami breaks rainfall record; more storms on the way

Florida forecast

With the cold front exiting the state Tuesday morning, unseasonably cool temperatures are on the way for all of the Florida peninsula.  Wednesday and Thursday low should dip into the low 50s on the southeastern coast, the upper 40s on the West Coast, and 30s in North-Central Florida. The forecast low in Gainesville Thursday morning is 28. (Credit: NWS-Miami)

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TUESDAY UPDATE: Monday night/ Tuesday morning storm totals: Miami, 0.40 of an inch; Fort Lauderdale, 0.02; West Palm Beach, 0.61; Palm Beach, 0.40; Naples, 0.10; Boynton Beach, 1.05; Key West, 0.74; Vero Beach, 0.33; Fort Pierce, 0.21; Orlando, 0.08; Punta Gorda, 0.78; Fort Myers, 0.16; Tampa, 0.61.

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ORIGINAL POST: Miami busted a one-day rainfall record on Sunday as a line of pre-cold front storms swept across the southern peninsula, but some other South Florida reporting stations received little or no precipitation.

The National Weather Service measured 1.33 inches at Miami International Airport, beating the previous record of 1.20 inches that fell on March 12, 2010.

But only 0.05 of an inch fell in Fort Lauderdale, while West Palm Beach reported a quarter of an inch and Naples was skunked — no measurable rain has fallen in the Southwest Florida location in March.

That’s expected to change Monday night and Tuesday as the cold front actually moves through. In fact, West Coast locations are under a Marginal risk for severe weather Monday night, with thunderstorms expected over the rest of the southern peninsula.

NOAA’s Weather Prediction Center is calling for about a quarter of an inch to fall over the southern peninsula, with lesser amounts as you head south toward the Keys.

Post-cold front lows on Tuesday night, Wednesday night and even Thursday night are expected to sink into the 50s as dry weather returns to Florida.

The same storm system that’s dragging the front across Florida is expected to bring blizzard conditions to parts of the Northeast, with up to 2 feet of snow and 60 mph winds, according to the National Weather Service.

New York blizzard forecast

Heavy snow with possible white-out conditions are in the forecast for Monday and Tuesday from the Mid-Atlantic north into New England. New York City could get close to 2 feet of snow. (Credit: NWS-New York)

Five day forecast

Cooler but very pleasant weather, by March standards, is in the Florida forecast for the rest of the week. Wintry temperatures return to the Upper Midwest and Northeast as spring approaches on Monday. (Credit: NWS-Miami)

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Author: jnelander

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