Drier weather in Florida’s weekend forecast; tropics take a break

Thursday’s wet conditions kept South Florida July precipitation engine running on all cylinders, cylinders, and put a lid on temperatures with plenty of cloud cover.

It was the first day of the month in West Palm Beach that the high  temperature failed to reach 90 degrees, and another 0.29 of an inch was collected in the rain bucket at Palm Beach International Airport.

Miami reported 0.06 of an inch while 0.23 of an inch fell in Fort Lauderdale. Naples reported a tenth of an inch.

It was drier in the Keys, though, with Marathon hitting a high of 92. And Key West tied a 28-year-old record warm low temperature record with 84 degrees.

East-Central coastal locations were also generally dry, but Orlando was slammed with another 1.64 inches of rain on Thursday, bringing the city’s July total to an impressive 8.53 inches — 3.91 inches over normal for this point in the month.

Record rainfall was reported in Orlando on Monday.

Drier weather was forecast to move into the peninsula for the weekend.

Centeral FL rainfall

Slow-moving storms soaked Central Florida earlier this week, with Orlando reporting a record 3.09 inches on Monday. (Credit: NWS-Melbourne)

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TROPICS WATCH: The Atlantic remained quiet on Friday, and the National Hurricane Center was predicting no tropical development at least through the middle of next week. None of the major forecast models show anything of consequence spinning up over the next seven to 10 days.

The Atlantic continues to be dominated by dry air, which helped destroy Tropical Storm Don and wiped 96L off the NHC forecast map earlier this week.

But conditions are expected to become more favorable for tropical development when August starts, and the tropical wave train from the coast of Africa is still in full swing. An active August and September seems likely.

Colorado State University will have another updated 2017 seasonal forecast on August 4, and hurricane expert Philip Klotzbach will begin issuing outlooks every two weeks in August and September.

Eastern Atlantic SAT

Another tropical wave was getting ready to roll off the coast of Africa on Friday. (Credit: NOAA)

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Author: jnelander

Freelance writer and editor

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