Forecast rainfall totals through Sunday. (Image credit: NWS-Miami)
The skies over central Palm Beach County were full of sound and fury on Wednesday, pretty much signifying nothing. Palm Beach International Airport reported just a trace of rain, bringing the July deficit for West Palm Beach up to 3.62 inches.
Miami also reported a trace of rain, while Fort Lauderdale picked up 0.18 of an inch, not much to get excited about.
Rainfall totals through 7 a.m. Thursday were light all over South Florida, despite southwesterly winds pumping moisture up from the tropics. An observer in Lake Worth reported 0.54 of an inch to the National Weather Service in Miami.
Key West picked up an impressive 0.84 of an inch, but drivers in the Middle Keys barely saw enough to wet their windshields.
The heavy rainfall action was in West-Central Florida and in Northeast Florida, where observers for the citizens CoCoRaHS network reported as much as 4 inches.
An observer on the St. Johns River in Clay County found 4.24 inches in his backyard bucket, and there were numerous reports of more than 3 inches elsewhere in the county.
In Hernando County on the West Coast, a CoCoRaHS station picked up 2.95 inches, while in Pinellas County near Dunedin, an observer reported 3.78 inches.
Gainesville reported 1,3 inches through 7 a.m. Thursday and Sarasota reported 1.86 inches.
More rain was on the docket for Thursday before high pressure begins building in for the weekend and into early next week, the National Weather Service said.
NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting above normal rainfall during the first week in August in South Florida; normal amounts in the rest of the state. We’ll have to see if that pans out, or if August picks up where July is likely to leave off.
In leiu of rain, South Florida was subjected to another round of intense heat. The high in both Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach was 95, the warmest temperatures posted in July. The heat index topped out at 106 in West Palm; 101 in Fort Lauderdale.
Fort Pierce also hit 95, with a heat index of 102.
TROPICS WATCH: Chances of tropical development in the Gulf of Mexico were reduced to near zero on Thursday. Forecasters said upper level winds would likely prevent development.