Storms that brought heavy rain to parts of Texas were moving into the Gulf of Mexico Monday. (Credit: NOAA)
As Florida broiled over the holiday weekend, the Gulf of Mexico was stormy, with rain stretching from the coast of South Texas northeast into the Florida panhandle.
The question is how much of this — if any — may be coming to the Florida peninsula later in the week.
Parts of Nueces County near Corpus Christi were reporting more than 4 inches of rain over a 12-hour period ending Monday morning. Cameron County to the south received more than 2 inches along the coast and an observer outside of Houston measured 3.60 inches, according to the Community collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network.
Much of this activity was spreading into the western Gulf of Mexico, and Escambia County (Pensacola) in Florida’s western panhandle had about a half-inch to an inch-and-a-half of precipitation.
The heavy rainfall was not going to translate, unfortunately, into a wet end of the week for Central and Southern parts of the Florida peninsula, according to the National Weather Service. But rain chances do increase statewide by Thursday and Friday.
Heaviest rainfall amounts, according to NOAA’s Weather Prediction Center, will be in the Jacksonville area, which is where it is least needed. Interior locations of South Florida may be in for a little more than an inch of rain through the weekend, while South Florida’s East Coast metro areas may see more in the quarter- to half-inch range, graphical forecasts suggest.
Even though there are apparently no soakers on the horizon for South Florida — or for the Keys — longer-term forecasts have the state in the soup through at least the third week of June, with above-normal rainfall projected.
Since June is the wettest month in South Florida, along with September, there’s reason to be optimistic that the upcoming month will deliver some relief to parched landscapes.
Most major reporting stations around the state show rainfall deficits for May, from the Keys into Central Florida, while North Florida has been maintaining a surplus.
Jacksonville has measured almost 7 inches of rain this month for a May surplus of 4.80 inches; Gainesville has a 2.33 inch surplus.
In Central Florida, Vero Beach and Fort Pierce boast surpluses of 1.69 inches and 0.71 of an inch as of Sunday. Sarasota is up 3.16 inches and Clearwater, 0.38.
In the panhandle, Tallahassee has a 2.53 inches surplus.
The Climate Prediction Center is forecasting above-normal precipitation in Florida and most of the eastern U.S. through at least the first three weeks of June. (Credit: NOAA/ CPC)
RECORD WATCH: In addition to Miami’s record high Sunday, Key West reported a second-straight record warm minimum temperature of 81, which tied the mark set in 1924.