Gainesville smashes all-time summer rainfall record

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Forecast track for Potential Tropical Cyclone Seven. The Yucatan Peninsula was under a tropical storm warning. (Credit: NHC)

UPDATE: The season’s seventh “Potential Tropical Cyclone” was identified Sunday by the National Hurricane Center. It was likely to become Tropical Storm Franklin on Monday before crossing Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, and then near hurricane strength by mid-week as it nears Mexico’s East Coast. The NHC track has the storm making landfall very early Thursday morning well south of Texas. Meanwhile, Invest 99L looked rather lackluster in the Central Atlantic. Its potential impact on South Florida’s weather next weekend remained uncertain.

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ORIGINAL POST: There are still more than three weeks to go in the 2017 meteorological summer, but it’s already been the wettest season on record in Gainesville.

The city has racked up 34.6 inches of rain since June 1, beating the previous summer period (June 1 – August 31) of 32.55 inches set 52 years ago in 1965, the National Weather Service in Jacksonville reported Sunday.

In July alone, Gainesville measured 16.7 inches of rain, which broke the previous monthly record of 16.65 inches set in 2013. That was the third-highest monthly rainfall total on record right behind June’s 16.86 inches. it was also the second-wettest month on the record books.

Elsewhere in Florida, the main story over the weekend continued to be heat — and record overnight warmth. Key West only dropped to 85 degrees Saturday morning, tying the warmest minimum temperature mark set in 2007.

The low was 84 in Miami, good enough to tie the all-time warmest minimum temperature ever recorded in the city, set on August 4, 1993. It broke the daily record of 83.

Fort Lauderdale’s low of 84 busted the record warm low for the date of 83, set in 2011. Forecasters also said it was the second-warmest low ever measured in Fort Lauderdale.

Melbourne’s Saturday low of 80 beat the old daily record of 79 set in 2012.

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Invest 99L in the Central Atlantic could bring rain to Florida next weekend, the National Weather Service said. (Image credit: NHC)

TROPICS WATCH: Invest 90L in the Central Caribbean showed signs of development Sunday, while 99L in the Central Atlantic continued to struggle.

The National Hurricane Center gave the disturbances 90 percent and 50 percent chances of development over the next five days, respectively.

National Weather Service forecasters in Miami bumped up rain chances starting next Thursday and into the weekend, as two tropical waves — one of them 99L — bring an increase in moisture to the area.

“While it is still too early to tell any potential impacts, long range consensus is for above normal chances for showers and storms through much of the long term period as these features potentially affect the region,” they wrote in Sunday’s forecast discussion.

 

 

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