The Port Charlotte area picked up 3.33 inches of rain Wednesday, according to the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network. An observer outside of Sebring, in Highlands County, reported a hefty 4.48 inches.
Other areas around the peninsula had a trace to around a quarter of an inch. The National Weather Service in Miami said moisture from ex-Tropical Storm Beryl was streaming over South Florida Wednesday and Thursday, but the heaviest convection was off-shore and farther east into the Bahamas.
Still, South Florida rain chances were in the 30-40 percent range Thursday and Friday; 20-30 percent in East-Central and West-Central Florida; and no mention of rain in the forecast for North Florida until the weekend, when chances rise to 40 percent.
Over South Florida, the story this weekend should be summer heat, the National Weather Service in Miami says, with heat index values of up to 107 degrees in interior areas of the West Coast and 105 degrees in western metro areas of the East Coast.
The remnants of Tropical Storm Beryl brought showers to the Bahamas Wednesday but showed no signs of redeveloping a surface circulation, the National Hurricane Center said. (Image credit: NHC)
TROPICS WATCH: Chris was downgraded to a 60 mph tropical storm Thursday and forecasters said it could become post-tropical by Thursday night as it races toward the northeast at 35 mph. It was expected to bring some stormy weather to Newfoundland during the overnight hours. Ex-Beryl, which brought showers to the Bahamas on Wednesday, was forecast to follow the same path as Chris well off the U.S. Coast. It had a 50 percent chance of regenerating over five days.
UK COOL TO WARMING: Only about a quarter of the British public are concerned about global warming, a National Centre for Social Research survey reported Wednesday. And although most people in the United Kingdom believe the climate is warming, only a third blame human activity.
As in the U.S., opinions vary by age group. Of those in the 18-34 group, 32 percent are worried, while 23 percent of those in the 35-64 age group are worried. Of those 65 and older, only 20 percent are concerned.
Americans take the issue more seriously, according to a Gallup Poll released in May. Among those 18-34, 51 believe climate change will pose a serious threat in their lifetime, compared with 47 percent of those 35-54 and 29 percent over age 55. A majority of all age groups believe climate change is being caused by human activity, but it’s higher in the younger age bracket — 75 percent.