June 16, 2011

Sizzling Heat Offers No Relief

Today, temperatures will remain hot, with another heat advisory for parts of the Panhandle and Big Bend with heat indices there up to 110 degrees. Light and variable morning winds will give way to stronger sea breeze circulations as the day progresses.

This afternoon will bring another round of storms, some of which may be become strong or severe with frequent lightning, strong winds, and a chance for some hail.

Temperatures over the next few days will cool a touch, but remain high. Winds will remain light-moderate, but back to become more southerly. Sea breezes will be a continued feature each day.

Isolated to scattered thunderstorms will remain possible statewide, particularly along sea breeze boundaries, and any old, subtle boundaries from past convection, but coverage does not appear to be as good as it was yesterday.

Months of little or no rainfall, dwindling reservoirs, dry brush and wildfires now have Florida in a state of emergency. Governor Rick Scott signed the declaration on Tuesday.

La Nina, which is a swath of cool water temperatures in the tropical Pacific, was in full bloom over the winter and is believed by some in the meteorological community to be contributing to the lack of rain in not only Florida and the Southeast U.S., but also the south-central U.S.

La Nina has officially been declared over. However, it may still take some time for weather patterns to stabilize, and there are many other forces at work.

While the Florida "rainy season" has begun, it came later than usual this year and has been sputtering thus far at best.

Reported by the AG-ER Team

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