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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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

Less than 20 knots through the forecast period (120 hours).

Thanks!
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Quoting sunlinepr:


Lost that link somewhere in my Toomanytabs...

OK, no problem!
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Quoting nigel20:

What's the shear forecast?

Less than 20 knots through the forecast period (120 hours).
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Cindy? That you?



Nope.

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Quoting nigel20:

What's the shear forecast?


Lost that link somewhere in my Toomanytabs...
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Quoting sunlinepr:
Looks like Invest 93 has shear ahead...


What's the shear forecast?
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enjoy the break ne gulf coast states sun rise brings more
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Looks like Invest 93 has shear ahead...

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Know what, checkmate.

00z GFS is running
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30 Day SOI: -4.8
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Repost from previous blog.

Invest 90E forms in the East Pacific
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Quoting CybrTeddy:



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That didn't turn out the way I expected at all.
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Quoting HurricaneDean07:


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MESOSCALE DISCUSSION 1108
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
1008 PM CDT SAT JUN 09 2012

AREAS AFFECTED...PARTS OF SWRN...CENTRAL AND NERN SD

CONCERNING...SEVERE POTENTIAL...SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH LIKELY

VALID 100308Z - 100415Z

PROBABILITY OF WATCH ISSUANCE...80 PERCENT

SUMMARY...POTENTIAL EXISTS FOR A FURTHER INCREASE IN TSTM COVERAGE
AND INTENSITY AS A COLD FRONT...NOW MOVING THROUGH WRN
SD...PROGRESSES EWD LATE THIS EVENING AND OVERNIGHT THROUGH
CENTRAL/ERN SD. LINE SEGMENTS AND SUPERCELLS WILL BE THE PRIMARY
STORM MODES WITH A THREAT FOR HAIL AND DAMAGING WIND GUSTS.

DISCUSSION...MESOSCALE AND OBJECTIVE ANALYSES INDICATED A COLD FRONT
ATTENDANT TO THE MID-UPPER LEVEL TROUGH MOVING INTO THE NRN HIGH
PLAINS EXTENDED FROM CENTRAL ND SWWD INTO WRN/SWRN SD...GENERALLY
JUST TO THE EAST OF RAPID CITY. THIS DATA ALSO SUGGESTS THE ONGOING
CONVECTION/EMBEDDED TSTMS OVER WRN SD/ERN WY IN THE POST-FRONTAL
ENVIRONMENT AND THE MORE RECENT STORMS FORMING JUST EAST OF RAP ON
THE FRONT ARE BEING AIDED PRIMARILY BY LOW-LEVEL FRONTOGENETICAL
FORCING.

AN INCREASE IN TSTM DEVELOPMENT IS EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT FEW
HOURS AS THIS FORCING ENCOUNTERS HIGHER MOISTURE AND STRONGER
INSTABILITY LOCATED SW-NE OVER CENTRAL TO NERN SD. EFFECTIVE BULK
SHEAR OF 40-60 KT ORIENTED PARALLEL TO THE FRONT WILL FAVOR LINE
SEGMENTS AND SUPERCELLS PRODUCING A THREAT FOR HAIL AND STRONG WIND
GUSTS.

..PETERS/THOMPSON.. 06/10/2012

It's always noon somewhere in the world.
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Tepco adds 60-ton cover on No. 4 fuel pool (PDF)


The Protection Platform Added on Unit 4 Spent Fuel Pool at Fukushima Daiichi Power Station Tepco June 8, 2012

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Thanks Angela...good evening everyone!
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hey guys heads up 00Z GFS now starting
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Cindy? That you?


Lol. No its her ghost. She wante to check in and see how the season was going with her gone and waiting for 2017.
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Cindy? That you?

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Quoting CybrTeddy:
Well, since it's slow, who wants to play a game of chess?

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WOPR: Geetings Professor Falcon. Would you like to play a game of chess?

Joshua: How about global thermal nuclear war?

Quoting CybrTeddy:
Well, since it's slow, who wants to play a game of chess?

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So I saw this, and I thought of all the conspiracy theories people have posted recently. Thought it might be a good chuckle or two for everyone:

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Well, since it's slow, who wants to play a game of chess?

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That is a huge amount of rain! I mean, they needed it but not all at once.

Sad though, I wish some of it would make it up here. Watching the radar and sat animations it's all shrinking. Looks like Atl won't get much of that predicted "near 100%" chance. Maybe some drizzle, if that.
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Call me crazy, but I just don't see us getting as much rain tomorrow as they're calling for. Even 4-8 inches seems excessive.
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any way to pipe that rain up to the Midwest, kinda getting dry here.
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I also have a pic of my husbands work, where someone tried to cut across the grass to get around the flooding into the parking lot and the ditch was flooded, needless to say they were stuck front end in the ditch LOL.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
We had plenty today.Been sunny hot and down right humid,I'm surprised it didn't thunderstorm.


So ya'll finally warmed back up after your wonderful cool spell. I was hoping that you would send some of those cooler temps my way!..lol
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I remember at one point earlier today, around lunchtime, the rain was so heavy that I couldn't see 75 feet across the parking lot where I work. We had about half our regular staff, because the rest of them had no way to get to work. Just amazing rainfall...
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Quoting AllyBama:


Bite your tongue!..lol..I am all rained out!! I am sure missing my sunshine..:(
We had plenty today.Been sunny hot and down right humid,I'm surprised it didn't thunderstorm.
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I hardly remember Igor, Karl and Julia as I had a massive fever of up to 104-105 degrees, but it was truly something to behold.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Impressive rain totals/pictures.Looks like more rain is on the way for the next two weeks if the GFS is correct.


Bite your tongue!..lol..I am all rained out!! I am sure missing my sunshine..:(
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Thanks for the new late night entry Angela!
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Impressive rain totals/pictures.Looks like more rain is on the way for the next two weeks if the GFS is correct.
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From the previous blog...

Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

In September 2010 we had Igor at nearly Category 5 intensity, Karl rapidly intensifying into a Category 3 hurricane, and Julia reaching its peak as a Category 4 hurricane.
Yah... good bloggin' days.... lol

Evening all.

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hurricane mitch was a forgotten storm
Huh? By whom?

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omg i dont mean it like that im just sayin people dont talk about it as much as katrina or andrew and andrew happened 20 years ago
It might not get talked about as much as you expect, but I seriously doubt Mitch will ever be forgotten. I remember at the time thinking Georges was going to be the storm of the season - it was pretty bad - and then Mitch blew up. The storm that surpassed Mitch's death toll happened hundreds of years ago, during a time when hurricanes were practically mythological. IIRC, for a very long time a picture of Mitch was the iconic cyclone on the pages of several NOAA TC imagery archives.

People may not say much about Mitch, but I don't think it's because they have forgotten. Maybe, for some of us, it's because we remember better than we would like.

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HE? You didn't pay attention to who posted this.

Thanks Angela..
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Quoting Jebekarue:
How cool is that, never had pic posted on here by Dr M :) that is actually not downtown Pensacola, its on south Fairfield Rd North of Hwy 98.


Thanks for posting! You can change the "downtown" part in your caption of the photo, I think, if you'd like to be more clear about where it is.
Watching the radar of precipitation hitting Pensacola I would have never imagined so much. By radar alone it indicated heavy precipitation but wow, this is incredible. Goes to show that this was a tropical entity that dropped isolated totals we would expect with a major hurricane. Florida is under the gun for landfalls on her west and east coast this year. Could be an incredible year to be a Floridian. Stay safe and afloat.
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11. angelafritz (Admin)
The record extremes product is really useful on days like this.

The 24 hour record for Mobile is 13.36 set on Apr 13, 1955, according to our weather historian. This is also the record for the calendar day according to NWS.

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How cool is that, never had pic posted on here by anyone, thanks Angela:) that is actually not downtown Pensacola, its on south Fairfield Rd North of Hwy 98.
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LOL... Angela and I posted at exactly the same time... lol

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Thanks Angela. Amazing rain totals.
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lmaoo i didnt know he mentioned it in the post ooops didnt read it
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Quoting windshear1993:
well i figured he would post about the bad weather in the south...so i have a question i was watching the weather channel and they said this the second worst flood in mobile ..so what was the first
or when excuse me
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#5 I guess
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Quoting windshear1993:
first one here
well i figured he would post about the bad weather in the south...so i have a question i was watching the weather channel and they said this the second worst flood in mobile ..so what was the first
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