CNN Meteorologist Sarah Dillingham
Record rains fell over the Miami International Airport (MIA) on Tuesday afternoon. By 1:53 pm EDT Tuesday, the airport had seen 5.06″ of rain, with 4.40″ of that falling in just one hour! Several other storms moved over the area that day, and before all was said and done, they had received a staggering 9.7″ This daily total shattered their previous daily rainfall record of 3.44″ in 1901, and this also became the 2nd wettest day of May on record according to the local National Weather Service. MIA was not the only place to see heavy rain as other spots received over 4.0″ from the persistent storms that developed on Tuesday. A stalled front has lingered over the area for more than 2 days, helping the persistent rains to continue over these same areas. With the heavy rains they have already seen, the next 48 hours aren’t too promising in the way of relief as an additional 2-4″ are expected from Miami, FL and northward to Port St. Lucie, FL.
As heavy rains continue to plague the southern part of the state, areas in northern Florida continue to see ‘Extreme’ to ‘Exceptional’ drought, and as much as 12-18″ of rain would be needed to erase the current drought in 1 month! Central Florida is also seeing a ‘Moderate’ to ‘Severe’ drought and is in need of 12-15″ of rain to end their drought conditions over that same period. In other parts of the country, the Southeast is seeing drought troubles including southern and central Georgia, southeastern Alabama, and South Carolina. West Texas continues to struggle with their historic drought but some progress has been made with rains they have seen in recent weeks. Hurricane season, which starts June 1, can help in these kinds of situations for Florida, but with El Nino forecast to develop, this may be a more quiet season than drought stricken areas would like.