Friday, July 1, 2011

Silver lining in the rain clouds in time for the 4th of July weekend

This is what it looked like at Riverside last night after another round of storms passed through the area. Thanks Athena Masson. These are called mammatus clouds that were left over from the cumulonimbus clouds that dropped a quick 2 to 3 inches of rain in the downtown area with 3.5 inches of rain for Roosevelt Boulevard. This bubbly atmosphere is showing signs of finally stabilizing as drier air works into Georgia and the First Coast for the weekend. We are due for a silver lining in the clouds as we have had rain on Live Doppler Radar at least somewhere in the viewing area every single day this summer.

Nature came through for us big time and even gave us the thumbs up yesterday before the storms hit Palatka. Right back at you nature because I just checked out the monthly rainfall and most of the area ended up with impressive amounts. Jacksonville International had just over six inches with the stormiest month since last August! Darien, Georgia was our bread winner with 12" of rain!! Bunnell in Flagler County was singing in the rain. I would be too if I received 10" of rain!  Hilliard and Callahan did very well as they were in the 7 to 8 inch range. St. Marys and Kingsland Georgia were dancing in 3 to 4 inches of rain! Waycross was close to 6 inches while the Okefenokee Swamp checked in with an average of 7 inches while Espanola was close to 8 inches. What a change!! The beaches mainly had between 2 and 3 inches of rain which was closer to normal. Downtown St. Augustine ended up with 4 inches.

This weekend will dry out with high pressure moving but this is not another prolonged dry spell that will make our drought any worse. I still expect improving conditions through July with plenty of showers and thunderstorms. This weekend we have what I call bonus weather.  Not only will it be sunny but we will have fresh breezes off the ocean and low humidity for this time of year. Our next good chance of rain will hold off until at least the middle and latter part of next week. Get out and enjoy! I will keep you updated throughout your holiday weekend!

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