Heavy rain slams Florida peninsula, but many coastal areas left out

The stalled cold front in North-Central Florida delivered heavy rain to parts of the peninsula Tuesday, but areas along Florida’s southeast and east-central coast were mostly left out.

An observer west of Boynton Beach reported 2.77 inches through 7 a.m. Wednesday. But officially the National Weather Service measured a skimpy 0.03 of an inch at Palm Beach International Airport. Miami International reported a quarter of an inch and Fort Lauderdale came in with 0.07 of an inch — just enough to wash the dust off the windshield.

Naples only managed 0.05 of an inch.

The Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport, by contrast, was walloped with 2.88 inches, the National Weather Service said.

The problem is that sea breezes have been keeping the convection from making it to the coasts. Beach communities might have better luck Wednesday before the front starts washing out and precipitation chances dwindle into the weekend.

Northeast Florida has been socked, though, with Daytona Beach picking up 4.13 inches Monday and Tuesday. Down the coast from Vero Beach to Fort Pierce, less than a quarter of an inch has fallen.

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center sees normal precipitation levels in Florida through July 11, with wetter conditions spreading into the panhandle in late July.

TS Dora

DORA DISSIPATING: There wasn’t much left to Tropical Storm Dora in the northeastern Pacific Wednesday morning — it was just a swirl of clouds without much convection, and was forecast to dissipate later in the day.  (Credit: NOAA/ NHC)

TROPICS TALK: The National Hurricane Center posted a clear map on Wednesday, dropping the notion of tropical cyclone spinning up in the Atlantic by the weekend.

However, it seems that the GFS has just pushed development back a few days — the NOAA model shows a low developing southwest of the Cape Verde Islands next Wednesday, July 5, and holding it together as it swipes the northeastern Antilles before turning north just east of the Bahamas. The European (ECMWF) does not concur.

In fact, the GFS stands alone for the time being — even the normally hyperactive Canadian model (CMC) is cool to tropical development in the Atlantic over the next 10 days.

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Author: jnelander

Freelance writer and editor

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