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Back to Back record weather days. Yesterday it was the heat, today it’s the rain.

As of right now Daytona Beach and Orlando have both set record rainfall for the date.

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Other totals for the day are impressive. One viewer in Edgewater in Volusia county is reporting more than 7 inches of rain.recordrain

As we go through the night we will have the cold front moving over Central Florida. The front should clear Orlando around daybreak. Most of our showers will end as the front passes, but before it stops we should have 2 to 4 more inches.

That will mean an end to the rain and a beginning for the colder air. The low tonight drops to 57… the high tomorrow will crawl back to 64.

The Forecast for Thanksgiving Thursday will Fantastic if you like it cool. The high will be 67 under a sunny sky.

For Black Friday the weather looks great,..you could not PAY me to go shopping, but if you do hit the stores for deals, the weather will be GREAT. Look for more sunshine on Friday with a high of 66.

Saturday and Sunday both look nice with the highs making it back to the mid 70s and no chance of rain.

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Yesterday Bill was knocking on the the door of Cat 3 strength. This morning its already up to Cat 4. What a raging heap of a storm this is. The latest report from the Hurricane Center has the winds up to 135 m.p.h.. WOW, what a storm. The eye looks almost perfect, outflow is good…it’s a text book looking storm. Click here to see a satellite shot of Bill and the latest wave to come off the coast of Africa. We are still knee deep in the meat of the season. This new wave will need to be watched closely. Bill has cleared out much of the dust that was killing earlier waves. After the middle of next week we should see a little slow down for a few weeks before another burst of activity. I don’t want to rush my life away but I’m always looking forward to October 15th when the heart of the season passes.

Biggest problems Bill presents for us will be increased rip currents on our beaches through the weekend. I know it’s the last week of summer for many of you before school starts on Monday… I don’t know that taking the kids to the beach these next few days is a good idea. The rips will be pretty intense. Of course the surfers are going to LOVE it. Big swells between now and Sunday. Have fun gang.

Left over energy from T.S. Ana will put rain into the southern half of our area today. Look for more showers as we approach lunch time. Rain chances will be about 60%, I expect some people to end up with 1 to 2 inches of new rain before tomorrow.

Good luck staying dry.

Most people in Florida don’t complain about rain, humidity and heat this time of year. After all, it’s July. We did choose to live here. It’s just part of the deal that you have to sweat a little (actually a lot) in the summer. But the pattern we have been in this summer has been a bit different.

Three weeks ago a stationary front laid across Orlando for the entire week. It seemed like the rain wouldn’t end.  Remember – we awoke to rain, we fell asleep to rain. This week another stationary front has set up shop just to the north, and the rain machine is back on. While every day is not a washout, little ripples of energy keep riding the front and bringing us rain. It’s starting early in the day and goes until the evening. That becomes a problem.  This time of year, we are so accustomed to being able to get things done during the day before the afternoon storms that this early rain can throw us off. It forces us to reschedule trips to the parks, the pool, camps, ball games, etc.

Just as important is the planned Shuttle launch for Saturday. NASA is sitting on go; the weather might be not be. When the folks at the Cape get ready to launch, they make their decision based on information from the 45th Weather Squadron. Their latest forecast calls for a 20% chance of a no go.

Your weekend fun and the Shuttle launch all depend on the front going away and the rain chance getting back to normal. Here’s the deal. Today (Wednesday as I’m writing)  and Thursday both look really active. Come Friday rain chances slow down and by the weekend we do get back to normal. Normal meaning its hotter than blazes and most of the showers/thunderstorms are in the afternoon.  Normal is nice.

I’ve got the traveling Tom show on the road again this week. Friday at noon I’ll be speaking at the Church at Viera.I’ll present the outlook for the hurricane season, talk global warming (a subject for a future blog:-) and lightning safety.  I’d love to see you there.

Until next time stay safe and Have A Sunny Day!

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