Another widespread rain is on the way. An upper level disturbance will act on a surface cold/stationary front to produce 100% coverage rain from midday Wed. through Wed. night. Amounts should average a half inch to an inch, locally as much as 1.5". There will likely be a few thunderstorms as well.
The good news is that a strong cold front will scour out the rain & clouds by Thu. bringing a cool but dry end to the week. Highs will only reach the low to mid 60s with lows in the 30s inland. A light frost near & west of Highway 301 will be a possibility early Fri.This week's rain
follows another soaker across the area Sunday. Amounts ranged from a quarter of an inch over SE Ga. to a half inch on the Northside of Jax to 1-2" across the Southside to 2.5" in St. Augustine. This is the same system that brought damaging winds to Southern Putnam Co. & triggered the issuance of a tornado warning for Southern Flagler Co. & eventually for Volusia Co. which caused a long interruption of the Daytona 500. The first image below is the "hook echo" -- red against green, an indication of a circulation on "RadarScope"... the second image is the traffic jam in the parking lot of the speedway in Daytona (taken by Arielle Nixon)... the 3rd pic was taken by my wife on I-95 near Daytona looking north... the last pic is one I took after a soccer tournament was washed out in Clay Co. - must have been an adventure to retrieve that tent(!).
I posted some time ago about the lack of funding to maintain some buoys including the St. Augustine buoy. Well....the buoy is no longer transmitting data, & we're now down to just a couple of buoys off our coast. The density was poor before & is now even worse. The St. Augustine buoy was instrumental while tracking tropical storms "Beryl" & "Fay". Click ** here ** for the Action News story.... ** here ** for the story from Jacksonville.com.
All this week is "Severe Weather Awareness Week" in Florida. Monday's topic: lightning -- click ** here **.