August 26, 2010

Florida Doused with Heavy Rain

The west coast of the Sunshine State has been inundated with heavy rain this week, and it will continue today, causing additional localized flooding.

Much of the area, including Clearwater and Sarasota, has received between 6 and 10 inches of rain since Monday.

South of Tampa, the Myakka River passed flood stage this morning and is expected to stay there until the end of the month.

Local flooding has been reported in Dixie County, and parts of I-70 were under water yesterday south of Tampa.

While parts of the state could still get an additional 2 to 4 inches of rain today and Friday, the heavy rain will gradually fade over the weekend as a stalled front moves southward through the state.

Unfortunately, the rain this week so far has fallen where it is not needed, while central and eastern parts of the state are experiencing a long-term drought.

Many cities in that area are reporting 5-10 inches of rainfall deficit over the last 90 days.

The rain for the next couple of days will not be limited to the western part of the state.

Locations in Orange and Miami-Dade counties reported nearly 4 inches of rain in an hour last night.

This shift in the weather pattern could alleviate the situation in some areas, but it will not cure the drought.

Brought to you by the AG-ER Team

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