Southern and central parts of the Florida peninsula got off to a good start to the new month with some significant rain totals from Tampa to Vero Beach, and south all the way to Miami.
Another dousing is due by the end of the week, the National Weather Service said, but then the state is expected to enter another springtime pattern of dry air and low humidity. With dry conditions forecast to be in place as we approach mid-May, an early start to the rainy season seems unlikely.
Official rainfall totals on Monday included 0.14 of an inch in Miami; 0.20 of an inch in Fort Lauderdale; 0.63 of an inch in West Palm Beach; and 0.48 of an inch in Naples.
Fort Pierce had 0.52 of an inch (along with 0.17 on Monday); and Vero Beach had an impressive 1.21 inches (after 0.98 of an inch on Monday). Melbourne had a 1.08 Monday-Tuesday total.
Daytona Beach checked in with 0.73 of an inch on Tuesday, but drought-ravaged interior sections had to settle for lesser amounts, including just 0.07 of an inch in Orlando.
Unofficially, some areas around central Palm Beach County received up to an inch and a half of rain.
Highest rain totals, according to the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) were in coastal St. Lucie County, where 2.39 inches were reported by observers.
The West Coast generally reported lighter amounts, although almost an inch fell just east and north of Tampa.