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1st-9th…Strong storms and heavy rainfall developed across the eastern U.S. on Friday as a low pressure system moved up the Ohio River Valley. This system created a warm front that extended eastward and produced moderate to heavy showers and thunderstorms across the Upper Ohio Valley and into the Northeast. At the same time, a cold front stretched southward and produced strong storms through the Southeast. Some of these storms turned severe with strong winds and large hail. Heaviest rainfall fell over Boothville, Louisiana early Friday morning with a total of 2.88 inches of rain. Further south, strong thunderstorms and heavy rain showers persisted over Florida. Flood watches have been issued for the southern tip of Florida as the region has seen heavy rainfall for the past few days now. Heaviest rainfall in Florida reached a mid-day total of 2.55 inches in Hollywood, Florida. In the Plains, a weak trough of low pressure kicked up widespread scattered showers and thunderstorms, but severe weather did not develop across the Central and Northern Plains.
Rain showers and high wind continued across the northern tier of the Northern Intermountain West during the afternoon as the system progressed on Wednesday. Prolonged and excessive precipitation maintained flood concerns throughout this area. Meanwhile, the trailing cold front and waves of low pressure along the front moved into the Northern Plains and Central High Plains. In the East, rain and thunderstorms continued near a nearly stationary front extending from the Central Gulf Coast through the Georgia Coast and into the Atlantic. Elsewhere in the South, a slow moving low and plenty of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico produced rain and thunderstorms in central Oklahoma and parts of northern Texas.
Rain showers continued across the Deep South on Friday, as well as the Pacific Northwest and Northern Rockies. However in the South, a frontal boundary stalled over Florida and the Gulf Coast. This system produced more heavy rain showers and strong thunderstorms from Florida through eastern Texas. Flash flooding warnings have been issued for the Gulf Coast due to heavy rains persisting across the region for the past few days. Rainfall totals on Friday ranged from 1 to 2.5 inches for most of the region, with heaviest rainfall reported in Conroe, Texas with a mid-day total of 2.85 inches.
10th-16th…The main weather system in the country was a long front that moved through the Plains and Midwest on Monday. Deep moisture streamed northward from the Gulf of Mexico and instigated strong thunderstorms and heavy rain from Iowa through southern Illinois, Missouri, and northern Arkansas. Some of these thunderstorms became severe and produced large, damaging hail in Missouri. No tornadoes were reported as of mid-afternoon.
17th-23rd…In the East, a cold front moved into the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states from the Midwest on Friday. This system pulled in moisture from the Atlantic Ocean and produced scattered showers and thunderstorms throughout the day. Some of these storms have turned severe with strong winds and large hail. Nickel to quarter size hail was reported in Lenoir, North Carolina, while wind gusts up to 60 mph were reported in Poland, Maine. Rainfall totals reached up to 1.74 inches in Frenchville, Maine. In the Gulf of Mexico, a low pressure system brought more heavy rains and scattered thunderstorms to the Yucatan Peninsula, western Cuba, and southern Florida.
24th-30th…Tropical Storm Debby remained the big weather story for the country Monday as it moved very slowly toward the Florida Panhandle. The main problem associated with Debby continued to be the significant rain and thunderstorms that it produced throughout the Sunshine State. In addition to the up to 10 inches of rain that fell on the state Sunday, an additional up to 5 inches of rain fell on the state Monday. Rain will continue to fall while Debby remains in the eastern Gulf of Mexico just south of the panhandle.
Jim G. Munley, jr.
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