March 28, 2011

Needed Rain for Drought-Stricken Florida

Parts of Florida have finally seen something over the weekend that has been absent for a couple of weeks--rain, and more needed wet weather is on the horizon.

Widespread showers and thunderstorms returned to the Florida Panhandle for the first time in over two weeks on Saturday.

In those two weeks, the drought situation has worsened across Florida as the state experienced increase in wildfire activity.

The United States Drought Monitor reported that the percentage of Florida enduring extreme drought conditions rose from 15 to 21 in one week (from March 15 to March 22).

More welcome rain will grace the Florida Panhandle through Monday, but is coming at a price. Some of the thunderstorms have and will continue to turn severe, as damage leftover from weekend storms indicate.

Numerous showers and thunderstorms are slated to target northern and central Florida on Monday. This includes Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville and Tallahassee.

It is not out of the question that a localized number of Monday's thunderstorms produce strong, gusty winds and some large hail.

On the heels of Monday's activity, Florida (at least down to central areas) will welcome more wet weather at midweek.

By Kristina Pydynowski, Senior Meteorologist from

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