UPDATE: Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center began tracking the low pressure system in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico Friday night, giving it a 10 percent chance of tropical development over the next two days and a 20 percent chance over the next five days. (Image credit: NHC)
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ORIGINAL POST: There’s good news and bad news as the weekend begins. The bad news is many western counties and areas of southeastern Florida were still under a Flood Watch on Friday. Showers and thunderstorms were moving on to the Nature Coast north of Tampa Friday morning — soaking areas that are already saturated from a week worth of heavy rainfall.
The ground is so saturated on the western Florida peninsula — and the southeast coast, too — it doesn’t take much rain to produce ponding and flooded roadways.
On top of that, North Florida and the panhandle are looking at a very wet weekend, due to a frontal boundary that’s streaming copious amounts of moisture into the area from the Gulf of Mexico. The National Weather Service in Tallahassee is calling for 5-7 inches of rain around Cross City.
The good news is that many parts of the peninsula to the south will see drier weather on Saturday. Precipitation chances fall to 20 percent on the southeast coast, according to the National Weather Service. They’ll remain around 40 percent in the Tampa and Orlando areas, but that’s down from the 80 percent they had late in the week.
July temperature anomalies have been rising fast since the 1950s. (Image credit: NOAA)
GLOBAL MELTDOWN: No, we’re not talking about global financial markets here. July was the warmest month in recorded history worldwide, NOAA said Thursday.
July temperatures on land and sea were 1.71 degrees above the 20th century average, beating the previous warmest July, in 2016, by 0.05 of a degree.
Global temperature records began in 1880.
The U.S., however, had some cool spots and the July temperature for the contiguous 48 states was 1.0 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average, making it the 27th warmest on record. Oklahoma and Arkansas had below normal temperatures, most of the U.S. West had close to normal temps, while the East Coast, including Florida, was above normal.
Florida had its seventh-warmest July on record, while Connecticut and Rhode Island had their second-warmest July.
Alaska had its warmest July since record keeping began there in 1925. Africa also had its warmest July. And the sea ice extent in the Arctic was the smallest since satellite records began in 1979.