Florida still getting drenched from Debby, Wettest Tropical Cyclones and Record Busting Heat
June 26, 2012
Debby is still dominating the weather news on this Tuesday, June 26th. She is one slow mover and although she has yet to come ashore, she’s still creating dangerous conditions for folks across much of Florida. Latest models have Debby sitting about 70 miles west of Cedar Key, Fla., moving slowly east. The National Hurricane center says “an east or east-northeast motion, with some increase in forward speed, is expected during the next couple of days, bringing the center of Debby across north-central Florida tomorrow.” Here’s a look at the projected path released at 11am EDT today.
The storm is expected to produce additional rainfall accumulations of 4-8 inches across northern Florida and extreme southeastern Georgia during the next couple of days.
Isolated tornadoes are possible today across the Florida peninsula. Here’s a photo from one of our viewers, Brian C. Cole showing a Waterspout off the coast of Tampa yesterday.
Most folks are seeing Debby’s wrath in the form of flooding. Many daily record rainfalls have been reported over the past few days. Thanks to WindowsObserver on YouTube for sharing the video below from Clay County Florida yesterday. Clay County is south of Jacksonville.
The flooding is also leading to road closures. As of 11:30am EDT, I-10 Eastbound is CLOSED from I-75 to US-41. And I-10 Westbound is CLOSED from US-90 to I-75 due to flooding. Here’s a map from the Florida Department of Transportation website for reference. You can also click the link for the latest updates.
Storms like Debby bring about a dangerous situation for many folks, but we have had several people brave the elements and share some amazing pictures and videos. On Pinterest, yesterday we found several photos from Camille Charles showing the situation in Clearwater Beach.
Nice work Camille. Here’s the link to more of her photos posted to her Pinterest account. http://pinterest.com/chamillah/photos-i-took/. Also, check out the WeatherNation Pinterest account http://pinterest.com/weathernation/
Now for an interesting graphic from Wikipedia showing the list of wettest tropical cyclones in the United States. As you would expect from tropical cyclones, the highest totals are in the Gulf Coast states, namely Texas and Florida, where they have picked up nearly 4 feet of rain from a single storm.
While Florida’s getting soaked, a good part of the country is dealing with extreme heat. There were 729 heat records over the past week.
Yesterday a couple cities tied or broke their highest temps ever. Denver hit 105. Here’s an excerpt From the National Weather Service Denver/Boulder office Facebook page.
A record high temperature of 105 degrees was set at Denver International Airport today at 3:34 pm. This ties the all-time record high in Denver that was previously reached on July 20, 2005 and August 8, 1878. This mark also breaks the all-time June record of 104 degrees and the record for the day of 100 degrees that was set back in 1991.
Sidney, Nebraska broke a record for highest temperature ever.
..RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE SET AT SIDNEY NE AIRPORT... A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 109 DEGREES WAS SET AT SIDNEY NE AIRPORT YESTERDAY. THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF 101 SET IN 2010. ALSO THIS 109 DEGREES MAKES IT THE ALL TIME HIGHEST TEMPERATURE EVER REACHED.
Check out today’s forecast highs across the U.S. As you can see, the heat is still gripping much of the country with highs topping 100 degrees, stretching all the way from Montana to Texas.
While several cities will be 20 degrees warmer than usual for this day. Cities along both coasts will be seeing temps cooler than average. That’s quite a contrast! The reason for this rollercoaster of temps is due to a weather pattern known as an “Omega Block.” They are known as nearly stationary high pressure systems that bring about a prolonged period of the same kind of weather to a region. The jetstream is going up and over this Omega Block, which stretches up towards the Canadian border. Where the jetstream dips, it is where cool pockets of air will be, and in this case, its in the northwest and northeast corners of the nations.
It was quite a stormy afternoon yesterday in the Richmond, Virginia area. Storms knocked out power to more than 150,000 customers at one point. The Richmond Squirrels minor league baseball game was cancelled. Check out the damage to the stadium.
Not exactly good sunbathing weather in North Carolina. This was the view from the Outer Banks courtesy: @C_po17 on Twitter. Not sure I’d be sitting there in the beach chairs. I might be making a run for shelter if I saw this ominous looking shelf cloud.
Thanks to everyone who shared photos with us to help paint the day’s weather picture.
WNTV Meteorologist Addison Green