With fires and drought plaguing Florida, a big-time soaking rainfall was needed in the Sunshine State, and that’s precisely what it got on Sunday.
Some locations received over 10 inches of rainfall on Sunday from a slow-moving low that also brought severe weather and flooding further north. But while the rainfall brought needed moisture to the state, it doesn’t come close to curing the ongoing drought. Many areas in Florida, including Tampa, Naples, West Palm Beach and Fort Myers are all running around or below half of their typical year-to-date rainfall. Much of the state is in a serious drought extending back to last summer.
However, healthy 2-4″ of rain totals across a significant portion of Florida may help, particularly with high fire danger and widespread wildfires in the state.
The end of the state’s dry season comes roughly in May, when daily sea breeze convergence showers and thunderstorms typically bring daily heavy rainfall and should help reduce the fire risk.
That said, the forecast, unfortunately, brings more sunshine to almost all of Florida for the rest of the week, though early indications are next week may feature more needed rainfall.
Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on the Florida drought situation.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi