Miami socked with record rainfall as tropical waves roll through peninsula

5 day forecast

The five-day forecast is for drier weather, particularly for the East Coast of South Florida. (Credit: NWS-Miami)

Miami was hammered with 5.49 inches of rain on Wednesday as the first of two tropical waves pushed across the peninsula. The total measured at Miami International Airport smashed the previous July 12 record of 2.31 inches set in 2012.

Up the coast, Palm Beach International Airport reported a hefty 1.91 inches, but Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International measured a more modest 0.37 of an inch.

The National Weather Service reported 1.94 inches in Kendall while Naples was relatively dry with just 0.01 of an inch.

The NWS observer network posted 24 hour totals of 3.78 inches in Loxahatchee, Palm Beach County; and 2.97 inches in Weston, Broward County.

Parts of inland Martin County picked up almost 3 inches, according to the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network. Coastal St. Lucie County reported almost 2 and a half inches — ditto for Indian River County.

The West Coast, including Tampa, reported much lighter amounts of up to around a quarter of an inch, although an observer in St. Petersburg measured 2.33 inches.

A second day of possibly heavy rainfall was setting up for Thursday with the remnants of Tropical Depression Four. But morning radar out of Miami showed skimpy pockets of showers headed for the peninsula and Florida Keys.

A return to more typical summer rainfall — focused on the interior and West Coast — is setting up for the weekend and next week, the National Weather Service said.

TROPICS TALK: Things should remain quiet across the tropical Atlantic for at least the next seven to 10 days, according to forecast models, and the National Hurricane Center shows no development for the next five days.

The GFS model keeps the Atlantic quiet through July 29 despite the early outbreak of tropical waves from Africa.

At Weather Underground, hurricane expert Jeff Masters has credited dry air for the trend, with humidity levels around what was once Tropical Depression Four dropping to as low as 45 percent.

Enjoy the lull, since August typically has the NHC forecast map flashing red. The peak of the hurricane season is September 10.

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Author: jnelander

Freelance writer and editor

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