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Welcome Rains Bring Relief to Florida Drought

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May 19th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Stormy weather over Florida, USA - May 18th, 2009

Stormy weather over Florida, USA - May 18th, 2009



A stalled frontal boundary, deep tropical moisture, and a developing area of low pressure aloft will team up to keep the state of Florida, USA, wet and quite windy for awhile, reports the Weather Channel’s lead meteorologist.

An area of low pressure may also develop at the surface south of Florida. At the time this image was captured the southeastern coast and the Everglades at the southern tip of the state (see close-up) were still clear. However, if the low develops and moves slowly over warm water, some subtropical characteristics may develop later in the week.

In the meantime, a pressure gradient (difference in atmospheric pressure) will develop with high pressure to the north. This will lead to gusty winds over much of Florida and the southeastern coast. The winds will create rough surf, dangerous rip currents and possible beach erosion.

Several inches of rain are likely to fall over portions of the Florida Peninsula. Some locations on the east-central coast may receive 5 or more inches of rainfall. More rain may be possible later in the week from the approaching low.

Much of the Florida Peninsula is in severe to extreme drought so this rainfall is a welcome sight. However, if excessive amounts of rain fall in one location too quickly, some flash flooding could result.

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