FORT MYERS — As forecast, Southwest Florida’s work week got off to a soggy start in most places.
Lee and Charlotte counties turned out to be the bull’s-eye for the flooding rains on Monday. Pine Island, Matlacha, Cape Coral and North Fort Myers all had 4 inches of rain or more, according to StormWarn 7 Doppler Radar estimates.
ABC7 viewers posted some great pictures and video of Monday’s wet weather on my Facebook page at ww.facebook.com/jpweather, if you’d like to check that out.
The rain isn’t our typical summer pattern in Southwest Florida but rather a combination of tropical weather and a little taste of autumn.
The tropical weather is the disturbance “Invest 95-L” (or what’s left of it) spinning in the western Gulf of Mexico. The taste of autumn comes from an early season cool front that seems to be stuck in northern Florida. This front and the tropical disturbance are pulling all the rain into Southwest Florida.
Looking ahead to Tuesday, there’s not much change in the forecast.
StormWarn 7 Futurecast is predicting under an inch of rain for parts of our region and more than 4 inches for other parts of Southwest Florida.
It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly who is going to get the flooding rain, but it is likely we will see localized flooding somewhere in Southwest Florida.
Beyond Tuesday, it gradually dries out heading into the second half of the work week.
Wednesday the rain chance is still pretty high. By Thursday, we may see some morning and midday rain, but sunshine could actually make an appearance in the afternoon.
On Friday the wind turns to a drier northeast direction, after the stalled front finally fades, allowing rain chances and humidity to decrease heading into the upcoming weekend.
The takeaway from all of this is to keep the umbrella by your side through Thursday, because we could see rain at any time, though not the entire time. Grin and bear it through Thursday because it looks like a great weekend of weather is in store for Southwest Florida this weekend.
Of course, I will have the newest forecast information and Southwest Florida’s only Doppler Radar on ABC7 News weeknights at 5, 6, 7 and 11 on WZVN-TV.
Total seasonal rainfall 2003-2013
Monthly seasonal rainfall in Southwest Florida
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