Don fizzles in Caribbean; Orlando socked with record rainfall

Caribbean satellite

The remnants of Tropical Storm Don were well west of the islands Wednesday morning, while 96L, right, was struggling to get its act together. (Credit: NOAA)

Short-lived Tropical Storm Don dissipated late Tuesday night after surviving for just 30 hours. Its remnants were in the eastern Caribbean, and forecasters at the National Hurricane Center said regeneration was not expected due to the brisk pace of the system and higher wind shear.

An observer from the island of Grenada for the Caribbean Hurricane Network said Don didn’t have much of an impact on the area. “The only evidence we had of Don passing, was the calm before the storm, followed by the anticipated picking up of wind as it passed. The rain was no worse than any other tropical wave passing through.”

East of the islands, Invest 96L was still being given a 30 percent chance of developing. The system looked ragged overnight on Tuesday and early Wednesday, but appeared to be firing up some fresh convection by mid-morning.

In any case, 96L — which would be called Tropical Storm Emily if it powers up enough to earn a name — was expected to move north of the islands.

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WET WEEK CONTINUES: Orlando broke a 67-year-old rainfall record on Tuesday, with the airport officially picking up 3.09 inches. That easily smashed the previous daily record of 2.47 inches set in 1950.

Orange County was where most of the precipitation action was on Tuesday, although to the northwest, parts of Alachua County also reported in excess of 3 inches.

In South Florida, Miami International Airport measured 1.15 inches, but some areas of Miami-Dade checked in with well over 2 inches.

In fact, Miami’s official July rainfall total of 8.59 inches is almost double the normal for this point in the month.

The wet weather is forecast to continue in both South Florida and Central Florida, according to the National Weather Service, before drier air and high pressure moves in for the weekend.

Rain chances range from 40-60 percent through Friday before falling to around 20 percent on Saturday and Sunday.

Temperatures have continued to be summertime hot — that’s a given, of course. But it’s interesting to note that Palm Beach International Airport hasn’t had a high below 90 since June 23, and Miami since June 19.

 

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Author: jnelander

Freelance writer and editor

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