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 NCHurricane2009:
Who thinks Debby will be named 11 AM EDT July 5? If so....it will beat Dennis of 2005 as the earliest fourth named storm on record....in the Atlantic Basin....

Chris by July: 65%
Debby by July: 40%
Ernesto by July: 5%

I could see getting Chris and Debby by the end of the month with the Caribbean and se coast ready to brew up something in the next 10 days.
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Quoting bohonkweatherman:
Things are not in good shape from South Central Texas westward, hasnt rained here since early to middle May. Lake Travis and Lake Buchanan are half full. Ground and Vegetation and alot of it are very dry. Temps are around 100, heat index near 110. Actual temps west of here range from 105 to 110. Normal rainfall from middle of May to now for here is close to 5 inches or my wettest period of the year. I am happy North and portions of East and Southeast Texas received some decent rains recently but things here are not good. Without a tropical system my chances of rain here until Sept. are slim to none. We will survive because we made it thru last year it just sucks that it is this hot and dry so soon and Summer isnt here yet, this is not normal, average highs here are around 90, lows around 70. Nothing I can do but pray for rain and wait 3 months for a change in the Weather. My temp today was 98 with a dew point in the 70's.


Just so you know you are not the only "poor me" area...this was 2:42PM EDT here on the west coast of Florida....

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Quoting MAweatherboy1:

Should I mention this?

That was a cat 6!!.What'chu talk'in 'bout?.
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Chris in 06 gradually dissipated at least according to it's wiki page. Fun read on Chris, complex system that threw a lot of people for a loop.
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Quoting HurricaneDean07:

Should I mention Chris 06?

Should I mention this?

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Here in Central Texas we're not doing very good. The air is arid and the sun is burning the Hill Country at glazing temperatures. The Little Bear Fire in New Mexico, albeit not very little, is causing a lot of haze in Central Texas. In the RGB enhancement below, with Austin and San Antonio labeled, you can see the haze and smoke as the obvious yellow mass hanging around the Austin area.

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Quoting HurricaneDean07:

Should I mention Chris 06?
Interesting that the models are showing Chris/Debby split in half.As that is exactly what happened to Chris in 06.Well looked like it anyway...
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Who thinks Debby will be named before 11 AM EDT July 5? If so....it will beat Dennis of 2005 as the earliest fourth named storm on record....in the Atlantic Basin....
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Quoting NCHurricane2009:

When you consider it greedy to want tropical storms....that's when you know you are a WU blogger & "one of us"...
lololol......ok i plead guilty...lol
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lol I know, just every time I hear Don mentioned I think of how amazing it's demise was.
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
i've BBQ in blizzards at -25


Ah, the days of -40 windchill, sitting in a hot tub, ice forming in the wine glass, watching the guys barbeque with their parkas on...*laughs*

Or the Ice Storms of '98 when there was no power for weeks and we lived by the BBQ!

(I really don't miss it...)

Lindy
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Quoting Tribucanes:
Don was almost unbelievable. Few storms in history have dissipated so instantly and completely. I believe the only ones to disappear more quickly went over mountainous terrain. I've been following hurricanes for well over a decade and don't recall ever seeing anything like Don.

Should I mention Chris 06?
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Quoting Tribucanes:
Don was almost unbelievable. Few storms in history have dissipated so instantly and completely. I believe the only ones to disappear more quickly went over mountainous terrain. I've been following hurricanes for well over a decade and don't recall ever seeing anything like Don.
yup...i was being a smart azz....lol
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We may be talking of Chris and Debby next week or the week ahead of it.
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Quoting Hurricanes305:


What is our take about the GFS solution which has the rainmaker in the Florida panh developing system off NC
I think their is a decent chance we could see something try to spin up from that area.It could be either tropical or sub-tropical.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Here is why I think a storm will form in the caribbean..even if it's not strong...

Lowering pressures

MJO coming to pay a visit.

I don't have to comment on sst do I?



What is our take about the GFS solution which has the rainmaker in the Florida panh developing system off NC
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Your a tough lot down in Texas. Not for the faint of heart or mind.
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93E did not organized as quickly as I initially though with a steady 60% percent for the duration of the day as conditions is not as ripe and the latest ships model suggests higher shear than previously though.
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Quoting HurricaneHunterJoe:


Aren't ya getting just a bit greedy? I mean ya had Don last year........lol....sorry I could not resist

When you consider it greedy to want tropical storms....that's when you know you are a WU blogger & "one of us"...
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Quoting RitaEvac:
Whatever rains we received the past few days, will be drying out and moot with the heat coming on hard this week.
Things are not in good shape from South Central Texas westward, hasnt rained here since early to middle May. Lake Travis and Lake Buchanan are half full. Ground and Vegetation and alot of it are very dry. Temps are around 100, heat index near 110. Actual temps west of here range from 105 to 110. Normal rainfall from middle of May to now for here is close to 5 inches or my wettest period of the year. I am happy North and portions of East and Southeast Texas received some decent rains recently but things here are not good. Without a tropical system my chances of rain here until Sept. are slim to none. We will survive because we made it thru last year it just sucks that it is this hot and dry so soon and Summer isnt here yet, this is not normal, average highs here are around 90, lows around 70. Nothing I can do but pray for rain and wait 3 months for a change in the Weather. My temp today was 98 with a dew point in the 70's.
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Good Lord I do hope the rain stops soon in the flood region! The pics are bad. Why do people try to drive in that kind of flooding? Wouldnt hurt to have a canoe on standby in the region. Ive read just about the whole d$#@ transcript of the 02 Scott Peterson trial waiting on something to track, and now we get this massive flooding. Should've known it wouldnt take long for some weather to happen, but i wouldnt have chosen this for anybody to have to deal with.
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Don was almost unbelievable. Few storms in history have dissipated so instantly and completely. I believe the only ones to disappear more quickly went over mountainous terrain. I've been following hurricanes for well over a decade and don't recall ever seeing anything like Don.
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Here is why I think a storm will form in the caribbean..even if it's not strong...

Lowering pressures

MJO coming to pay a visit.

I don't have to comment on sst do I?

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You MUST be Canadian, eh? =D

also...never forget the chart.

Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
i've BBQ in blizzards at -25
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625. beell
Good to see you, KEEP.
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Quoting Tribucanes:
NChurricane2009 simple solution, start your own meteorology lovers dating network. Sounds silly but I bet it would be a success. Good luck, may love find you.

Well...I certainly won't be starting that on this blog....that will probably get me banned for being off-topic...LOL....

I don't know why I even blurted that...I guess kinda down right now...oh well....
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Quoting washingtonian115:
All this time you were a man?.I thought you were a women.XD.


What made you though he was a girl????
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Quoting RitaEvac:
Gonna need a tropical storm in TX soon, as drought is going to be coming back with vengeance soon in parts of the state.


Aren't ya getting just a bit greedy? I mean ya had Don last year........lol....sorry I could not resist
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Quoting DirtDan:
Rain, Rain.... KISS MY BUTT.... I'm BBQ'ing.................. UGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH...............
i've BBQ in blizzards at -25
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Rain, Rain.... KISS MY BUTT.... I'm BBQ'ing.................. UGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH...............
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Quoting NCHurricane2009:


Aye..yay...yah...what gave you that impression? Its not like my avatar has a wig or is that creative (like yours) to suggest otherwise....LOL



NCHurricane could be a female Washingtonian...Now, back to weather and my snake phobia
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Quoting ncstorm:
18Z Nogaps shows a storm moving north towards the GOM--1000mb

I thought they called that the ALLCRAPS model
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NChurricane2009 simple solution, start your own meteorology lovers dating network. Sounds silly but I bet it would be a success. Good luck, may love find you.
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
no there will be shifts and movements where and how they do that will be what we wait and watch for
windows will open and close we are only in the quickening of the season

the chart


good to see ya friend


As Winston Churchill said after the battle of Britain:-

" This is not the end! It is not even the beginning of the end but maybe its the end of the Beginning!"
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Quoting washingtonian115:
All this time you were a man?.I thought you were a women.XD.


Aye..yay...yah...what gave you that impression? Its not like my avatar has a wig or is that creative (like yours) to suggest otherwise....LOL
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Quoting TropicalStormChris:


Oh snap, I thought you were that troll, Dirt-leg! Nevermind.




Now WHY on earth would you call me a troll..... LOL..................


Ignore the name.... I've had it for over 20 years.
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Quoting RitaEvac:
Some massive smoke and haze over TX, seeing it looking west, and shows up dramatically on visible loops


Don't like the sound of that ;(
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Quoting NCHurricane2009:


Better yet...my job is not even associated with meteorology....

Copying & pasting helps. Things in the atmosphere don't change that much from the previous discussion to the next...as long as posts are done daily. So the next discussion will have some words changed here and there....with updated maps...and that's all there is to it....

I wonder when I meet a special woman if my blog posts will change. On that front...I am trying but kinda not going the best right now....but I guess this isn't the best place to talk in detail about that....sigh... ;)
All this time you were a man?.I thought you were a women.XD.
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Some massive smoke and haze over TX, seeing it looking west, and shows up dramatically on visible loops
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Quoting HurrMichaelOrl:
Does anybody know if the severe line of storms that has developed over N. Central FL has a chance to hold together (after sunset) for a few hours as it moves SE?


I'm in Lake Mary and a NASTY line of storms just moved into my area.... I hope my ribs survive...... LOL They're still on the grill.....
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Quoting Hurricanes305:


Balancing work and updating your blogs in excellent details and up to date analysis that's hard work. Very impressing.



Better yet...my job is not even associated with meteorology....

Copying & pasting helps. Things in the atmosphere don't change that much from the previous discussion to the next...as long as posts are done daily. So the next discussion will have some words changed here and there....with updated maps...and that's all there is to it....

I wonder when I meet a special woman if my blog posts will change. On that front...I am trying but kinda not going the best right now....but I guess this isn't the best place to talk in detail about that....sigh... ;)
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I believe you could call that a "Don't Feed the Trolls" policy.

Sittin at home in minneapolis today wondering how it is that the fun stuff always passes north of me...



Quoting HughJass:


Apparently you misunderstood. My post was specific to acknowledging trolls and had nothing to do with sharing information among the community. Two different subject matters.

Anyhow, there's a potential severe wx event in MN today.


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Whatever rains we received the past few days, will be drying out and moot with the heat coming on hard this week.
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