Tropical Storm Franklin will have no impacts on Florida, but a low pressure area expected to slide over the peninsula at the end of the week should boost rain chances significantly. (Credit: NWS-Miami/ NHC)
Rain is back in the forecast for South Florida and Central Florida after a relatively dry start to August.
Some areas such as Miami and Fort Lauderdale are approaching a 1-inch precipitation deficit — and Marathon in the Middle Keys hasn’t recorded a drop of rain this month.
The June-July period was the wettest on record in parts of the central and southern peninsula, according to the South Florida Water Management District, with an average total of 23.45 inches across the district. The National Weather Service in Miami has details in its mid-rainy season report published last week.
But since then it’s been hit-and-miss. West Palm Beach and Naples are in the plus-column for August rainfall but that’s due to very localized rainfall that fell near the airports on August 1. Also, Naples picked up 1.43 inches of rain on Sunday.
Precipitation chances area-wide rise to around 40-50 percent by the end of the week from Central Florida down to the Keys.
NOAA’s Weather Prediction Center shows about 2.4 inches of rain falling across South Florida through next Monday as an upper-level low slides across Florida, National Weather Service forecasters said.
RECORD WATCH: Palm Beach International Airport broke a 54-year-old record Sunday with a low of 82. That beat the record for the warmest low, 81, set in 1963.
TROPICS WATCH: Tropical Storm Franklin, the season’s sixth named storm, formed Sunday night in the western Caribbean. Tropical storm warnings were up for the Yucatan Peninsula and a hurricane watch was also posted for parts of the coast of Mexico. A tropical storm watch was posted as far south as Belize City.
Franklin is expected to cross the Gulf of Mexico’s Bay of Campeche and make landfall on Mexico’s East Coast early Thursday morning.
In the Central Atlantic, Invest 99L continued to deteriorate and the National Hurricane Center lowered odds of development to 20 percent by the end of the week. It should have no impact on Florida.