West Palm Beach smashes 113-year-old rainfall record

Flood Watch

A Flood Watch remained in effect for most of South Florida through early Thursday morning. (Credit: NWS-Miami)

We still have 35 days to go before it becomes 40 days and 40 nights, but South Florida’s rainfall totals since Friday have been record-breaking if not biblical.

West Palm Beach busted a 113-year-old record Tuesday with 4.18 inches, besting the old single-day precipitation mark of 3 inches set back in 1904 when alligators still outnumbered people.

Fort Lauderdale reported 4.78 inches, washing away the old mark of 1.96 inches set in 1926.

Miami checked in with 2.15 inches; Naples had 3.17.

But there were some unofficial eye-popping totals around South Florida, especially in Collier County, which was under a Flash Flood Warning Tuesday night as more heavy rain swirled in from the Gulf of Mexico.

Some areas east of Naples reported more than 15 inches. In Palm Beach County, Boca Raton reported close to 11 inches through Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service, while Boynton Beach had in excess of 9 inches. In Broward County, Margate reported 10.66 inches.

The network of observers in the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) posted 24-hour totals of up to 9 inches in southeastern Palm Beach County and northeastern Broward County.

Another round was scheduled for Wednesday after a brief morning break for the saturated East Coast.

In fact, the wet weather is forecast by the National Weather Service to continue through the weekend with a series of low pressure areas marching across the peninsula, drawing up copious amounts of moisture from the Caribbean.

When will it end?

“While rain chances will remain elevated, the pattern looks to shift to more typical summertime diurnal pattern into early next week as high pressure rebuilds to the north and easterly flow increases,” forecasters in Miami said in their Wednesday morning analysis.

Once this daily hammering has finally moved out of Florida, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting normal levels of precipitation through June 20 for South Florida, but above-normal rainfall in North Florida and the panhandle.

TROPICS WATCH: The National Hurricane Center is predicting no development in the Atlantic over the next five days.

The GFS continues to suggest a storm moving off the northern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula weekend after next, but it has backed off on the strength of the projected system, and takes it to the northern Gulf Coast rather than the Florida peninsula.

The Canadian model (CMC) has dropped a similar scenario from its long-range forecast.


Author: jnelander

Freelance writer and editor

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