Torrential rain causes widespread flooding in Florida panhandle

By: Angela Fritz , 2:25 AM GMT on June 10, 2012

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Torrential rainfall led to widespread flooding along the northern Gulf Coast on Saturday, and Pensacola came about 2 inches shy of matching its all-time rainfall record for a calendar day: 15.29 inches. On Saturday, Pensacola airport received 13.13 inches of rain. The previous record was set on October 5, 1934, as Tropical Storm 9 of that year was making landfall. The record for any 24 hour period is 17.1 inches, spanning Octover 4-5 in 1934, according to Wunderground weather historian Christopher C. Burt.

A state of emergency was declared for Florida's Escambia County. According to the AP:

Emergency shelters were opened at a few local schools for people who were urged to evacuate from low-lying areas, the newspaper reported. Thousands were without power. Neighboring Santa Rosa County had about 40 homes flooded.

Streets were flooded throughout Mobile, Ala., which got 5.79 inches of rain. County authorities warned residents to stay off the roads until the waters receded and workers could look for damage and downed utilities.


The rain has since ended for now in the Gulf states, but images and video of the aftermath are still pouring in. The area is expected to receive more rain on Sunday, which could last until the middle of next week, as thunderstorms fire along a stationary front which is draped across the coastal states.


Figure 1. Widespread, heavy rain washes onto the Gulf shores on Saturday, enhanced by a lingering stationary front that's draped across the region. The heaviest rain fell in Pensacola, Florida, which came 2 inches shy of breaking its all-time calendar day rainfall record.


Video: Downtown Pensacola still flooded this evening after the rain had stop. The city's airport received 13.13 inches of rain since midnight.

Angela

Pensacola, FL (Jebekarue)
South Fairfield Drive, north of Hwy 98.
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Out the front window as our house flooded
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Quoting hurricane23:


Nogaps is a horrid model. Again looking at 10 day models isnt wise as any skill level at that time frame may have a large amount of error. I will say this though as heights fall and pressures lower across EPAC/western carib way may see something try to develope into next weekend but again this is far out so well see what if anything materializes.


Lol..
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Tight vortex over the Yucatan..
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Quoting RitaEvac:


Actually if you've seen LIDAR elevation map of Harris County, it's the NW portion of county that is highest, but I get the idea what your saying.



Note the high elevation spots in center of county...those are landfills, as trash is built up high...
Amazing, isn't it, when you see a map like that. We've managed to build the 4th largest city in the country in one of the most flood prone, disaster potential place in the USA.
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Quoting ncstorm:
the Nogaps is showing the storm developing and heading North in the GOM



Nogaps is a horrid model. Again looking at 10 day models isnt wise as any skill level at that time frame may have a large amount of error. I will say this though as heights fall and pressures lower across EPAC/western carib way may see something try to develope into next weekend but again this is far out so well see what if anything materializes.


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Much of Central Illinois is staring at 8 inch defecits for season to date rainfall and look for it to continue, last night went to bed with 70% chance of rain with about half inch expected, now it's looking even more grim.  Everything that crosses the Mississippi just evaporates.  




Next two weeks call for little to no rain with much above average temperatures.  Spring skipped us this year and crops will suffer for it. 
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Quoting HouGalv08:
Ummm......thats why our place is on the NE side of Houston in one of the highest parts of Harris county. Proved to be a good thing with Ike in 2008.


Actually if you've seen LIDAR elevation map of Harris County, it's the NW portion of county that is highest, but I get the idea what your saying.



Note the high elevation spots in center of county...those are landfills, as trash is built up high...
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And here's another lightning pic.
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Here's a lightning pic from Kissimmee


Storms rolling into Melbourne after ripping the Orlando area.


Looking west from Melbourne as the storms were in Orlando.
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Quoting RitaEvac:
If any of you are from the Houston/Galveston area, Bill Read's house is west of I-45....which is for a reason folks, he knows the elevation of the area and rightfully so. That ought to tell you something right there, that the public doesn't even realize.
Ummm......thats why our place is on the NE side of Houston in one of the highest parts of Harris county. Proved to be a good thing with Ike in 2008, even better with Allison in 2001.
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The WhitewaterBaldy fire is 32% contained after burning more than 270,000 acres near the Arizona border (E94-0NM7). Some crews are being demobilized, with personnel now down to 826 from a high of more than 1200.

It's ~190miles(306kilometres) between Albuquerque(ALB) and LasCruces(LRU).

And Hobbs(HOB) is near the Texas border.

Meanwhile near Ruidoso(RUI), the LittleBear fire's size increased to 26,000acres in the 30hours since it began. Apparently this fire is serious enough to pull a fire-retardent&water-dropping helicopter from the WhitewaterBaldy fire.
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If any of you are from the Houston/Galveston area, Bill Read's house is west of I-45....which is for a reason folks, he knows the elevation of the area and rightfully so. That ought to tell you something right there, that the public doesn't even realize.
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I still remember running into Read at Wendy's for lunch and I was with my boss back in 2002-2003 and was mentioning I used this site called WeatherUnderground which was pretty good, and he was like "well use our site, NOAA, blah blah blah" I was telling the guy WeatherUnderground was better like an idiot back then.

FYI I already knew him because I volunteered at the NWS in 1998.
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Hurricane consultant Lew Fincher said Read’s strength was his ability to communicate.

“He’s the best. He made a difference,” Fincher said. “He could reach any level from the president himself to a guy on a boat, to a farmer in the field. He never talked over people, but instead brought the message home.”
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Quoting windshear1993:
that stuff makes me mad... and gordon and hanna from 08 are some to..
gordon from 94 and hanna affected theeast coast to so i wonder why they didnt retire that storm back in 09
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Quoting washingtonian115:
But Mexico is stubborn when it comes to retiring storms.Emily from 05 is a good example of that.
that stuff makes me mad... and gordon and hanna from 08 are some to..
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Quoting windshear1993:
in 2010 they shouldve retired alex mathew and karl
But Mexico is stubborn when it comes to retiring storms.Emily from 05 is a good example of that.
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in 2010 they shouldve retired alex mathew and karl
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Picked up 2.89" last night from a vicious storm across the Orlando area. My monthly total is now over 7" so far this month. Add that to the 5" we saw in May.

A pic from last nights storm.
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the Nogaps is showing the storm developing and heading North in the GOM

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I know people are laughing at what the GFS is showing in the GOM but it's not to hard to believe.Hydrus pretty much summed that up.
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Alex was another interesting June hurricane, and did cause horrible damage in Mexico..Alex
Formed June 25, 2010
Dissipated July 2, 2010
Highest winds 1-minute sustained:
110 mph (175 km/h)
Lowest pressure 946 mbar (hPa); 27.94 inHg
Fatalities 33 direct, 18 indirect, 22 missing
Damage $1.885 billion (2010 USD)
Areas affected Greater Antilles, Honduras, Yucatn Peninsula, northern Mexico, South Texas
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931. afj3
Morning everyone. Read over the weekend we could have a storm in the GOM. Haven't checked the model runs. Computer slow. Anybody hear anything similar?
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Quoting Hurricanes305:


Hmmm it developed over land
And quite a few have. It is rare, but if conditions are just right, a tropical cyclone can form right on the coastline or just inland. In the case of tropical waves, they can be depressions before they fully exit Western Africa. One such case was the 1928 monster that killed thousands...Here is a link. .Link
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Quoting Hurricanes305:


Does this mean that the wave near the Lesser Antilles is going to ride the ridge towards South Fla as tropical system? The models just keep getting more confusing and interesting each run.


the ensembles show it hitting East Florida, riding up the east coast or heading to the GOM..basically the ensembles are covering their behinds in where it could end up..Interesting, yep!
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Quoting wunderkidcayman:

the CMC has it as a Asymmetric warm core transitioning into a Asymmetric cold core

I also forgot to say GFS has entered this time frame with the carib system that it has it as weak or drops it but at last minute GFS will bring it back up again it is simply the classic GFS


the operational is now showing it which is good support..the ensembles were showing it since yesterday..its going to be an interesting end of the week for SOMEONE..
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the 40th aniversary of hurricane agnes is coming up whooaa!!
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Quoting hydrus:
I usually do not make any predictions this far out, But I do have a hunch that this system has a real chance at coming to fruition. The main reason I feel this way is the MJO, which will be strong,and hanging around for a while. The second reason is the Western Caribbean has had lower pressure values for what seems like forever. #3 The water temperatures are very warm. 4# shear should not be a problem as the subtropical jet should be out of the picture. #5 the tropical wave in the Atlantic should be interacting with the MJO and a monsoonal low. These things should come together, and when they do, we might have an Alex or an Agnes type systems with the path being uncertain so early on. Agnes at the time was the most costly hurricane in U.S. history and only a cat-1.The Wiki page on this storm is worth reading..Link..


Hmmm it developed over land
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:

If it happened it could be but I'm not to worried since this is the 6z GFS and this is the first GFS run that has shown any indication of anything like this happening... In the unlikely event it shows up again on the 12z run then things will get more interesting.
I usually do not make any predictions this far out, But I do have a hunch that this system has a real chance at coming to fruition. The main reason I feel this way is the MJO, which will be strong,and hanging around for a while. The second reason is the Western Caribbean has had lower pressure values for what seems like forever. #3 The water temperatures are very warm. 4# shear should not be a problem as the subtropical jet should be out of the picture. #5 the tropical wave in the Atlantic should be interacting with the MJO and a monsoonal low. These things should come together, and when they do, we might have an Alex or an Agnes type system, with the path being uncertain so early on. Agnes at the time was the most costly hurricane in U.S. history and only a cat-1.The Wiki page on this storm is worth reading..Link..
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Quoting Hurricanes305:


Does this mean that the wave near the Lesser Antilles is going to ride the towards South Fla as tropical systems that models just keep getting more confusing and interesting each run.

this is that time that GFS is really confused and will likly clear up and start to show the system properly just before it really happens
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Quoting ncstorm:
the 00z CMC..Im just confused at the models now..it looks like they want to light up the east coast with back to back low pressures..



00z ensembles still showing development of the tropical wave near the antilles either riding up the east coast or heading into the GOM






Does this mean that the wave near the Lesser Antilles is going to ride the ridge towards South Fla as tropical system? The models just keep getting more confusing and interesting each run.
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Quoting ncstorm:
the 00z CMC..Im just confused at the models now..it looks like they want to light up the east coast with back to back low pressures..



00z ensembles still showing development of the tropical wave near the antilles either riding up the east coast or heading into the GOM





the CMC has it as a Asymmetric warm core transitioning into a Asymmetric cold core

I also forgot to say GFS has entered this time frame with the carib system that it has it as weak or drops it but at last minute GFS will bring it back up again it is simply the classic GFS
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Quoting ncstorm:


Alberto and Beryl were both shown as cold core as well..they transition to a warm core..models are not always right..

true but the models for Alberto and beryl show it transitioning to warm this one has cold right through
but anyway whatever
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the 00z CMC..Im just confused at the models now..it looks like they want to light up the east coast with back to back low pressures..



00z ensembles still showing development of the tropical wave near the antilles either riding up the east coast or heading into the GOM




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Our local media was talking about the possible development off our coast this morning..looks like we got a week of rain again
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Quoting wunderkidcayman:

lol wow I was just about to post the same thing



so yeah so sorry guys no TS Chris on E coast it will be caribbean storm


Alberto and Beryl were both shown as cold core as well..they transition to a warm core..models are not always right..
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:
Bad news for the chance of development off the East Coast in a few days... It looks like the low may stay cold core


lol wow I was just about to post the same thing



so yeah so sorry guys no TS Chris on E coast it will be caribbean storm
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Bad news for the chance of development off the East Coast in a few days... It looks like the low may stay cold core

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From HPC

ACROSS THE TROPICS...MID-LEVEL HEIGHTS BECOME LOW ENOUGH BETWEEN
BERMUDA AND THE SOUTHEAST COAST TO INDUCE A BROAD SURFACE LOW/AREA
OF DISTURBED WEATHER IN THE WESTERN CARIBBEAN FROM THIS WEEKEND
ONWARD. RIDGING ACROSS NORTHERN MEXICO BRINGS THE PROMISE OF
RENEWED TROPICAL ACTIVITY SOUTH OF MEXICO ACROSS THE TROPICAL
PACIFIC OVER THE NEXT WEEK...WITH THE 12Z GLOBAL ENSEMBLE MEMBERS
INDICATING THREE PROSPECTS FOR DEVELOPMENT. SEE NATIONAL
HURRICANE CENTER /NHC/ TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOKS CONCERNING THE
FIRST OF THESE AREAS CURRENTLY WELL SOUTH OF BAJA CALIFORNIA.

ROTH
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Quoting hydrus:
I hope we get,un just so we have fresca..:)...jk..really...jk..;0..It is a way out. but this has the potential to be a significant threat.

If it happened it could be but I'm not to worried since this is the 6z GFS and this is the first GFS run that has shown any indication of anything like this happening... In the unlikely event it shows up again on the 12z run then things will get more interesting.
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:
Here's a closer look of the storm on the 6z GFS

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And we can say goodbye to 93E.

TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
500 AM PDT MON JUN 11 2012

FOR THE EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC...EAST OF 140 DEGREES WEST LONGITUDE..

SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ASSOCIATED WITH A BROAD AREA OF LOW
PRESSURE LOCATED ABOUT 800 MILES SOUTH OF THE SOUTHERN TIP OF
BAJA CALIFORNIA HAVE CONTINUED TO BECOME LESS ORGANIZED...AND
ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS ARE BECOMING LESS CONDUCIVE FOR
DEVELOPMENT. THIS SYSTEM HAS A MEDIUM CHANCE...30 PERCENT...OF
BECOMING A TROPICAL CYCLONE DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS AS IT MOVES
GENERALLY WESTWARD NEAR 10 MPH.

ELSEWHERE...TROPICAL CYCLONE FORMATION IS NOT EXPECTED DURING THE
NEXT 48 HOURS.

$$
FORECASTER PASCH
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:
Just for grins, here's the 6z GFS... Raise the DOOMCON, drink Fresca, and carry on with standard doom procedures

I hope we get,un just so we have fresca..:)...jk..really...jk..;0..It is a way out. but this has the potential to be a significant threat.
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:
Just for grins, here's the 6z GFS... Raise the DOOMCON, drink Fresca, and carry on with standard doom procedures



Holy Crap! Lol. Sorry had to be said. Carry on... ;)
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HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHARLESTON SC
451 AM EDT MON JUN 11 2012

AMZ330-350-352-354-374-121000-
CHARLESTON HARBOR-
WATERS FROM SOUTH SANTEE RIVER TO EDISTO BEACH SC OUT 20 NM-
WATERS FROM EDISTO BEACH SC TO SAVANNAH GA OUT 20 NM-
WATERS FROM SAVANNAH GA TO ALTAMAHA SOUND GA OUT 20 NM...INCLUDING
GRAYS REEF NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY-
WATERS FROM SAVANNAH GA TO ALTAMAHA SOUND GA EXTENDING FROM 20 TO
60 NM-
451 AM EDT MON JUN 11 2012

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR ATLANTIC COASTAL WATERS.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS...ISOLATED SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE POSSIBLE
THIS AFTERNOON AND THIS EVENING...CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING
WINDS. FREQUENT CLOUD-TO-WATER LIGHTNING IS ALSO EXPECTED.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...TUESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY.

THE PROBABILITY FOR WIDESPREAD HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS LOW.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

SPOTTER ACTIVATION IS NOT EXPECTED AT THIS TIME.

$$
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Here's a closer look of the storm on the 6z GFS

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wetyearlatinamerica
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:
I think it's RIP time for 93E



Good morning. Yes,it hits the wall of shear and dry air. We have to watch east of 100w for development as the models develop hurricane Carlotta in the next few days.
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Quoting MahFL:


Not really, Hurricane winds are sustained winds, not gusts, you should know that.

yes I know it's not true hurricane sustained winds... it's a gust that is the equivalent of a Cat 1 Hurricane.
Quoting Neapolitan:
You're missing my point, and Aussie's. Neither of us are claiming that the 86 mph gust is a hurricane wind; we're simply saying, again, that a wind gust of 86 mph is a gust of hurricane strength. It's very common in the media to refer to "hurricane-strength winds" or "hurricane-force winds". (Example)

Ah, semantics... ;-)

Thanks for trying to explain what I actually meant.
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