Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Rain, Rain

We got a really good soaking yesterday afternoon here in parts of Miami; the Pontiac was standing in water in the “parking lot” that came up to the wheel rims. But we’re still below the normal amount of rainfall, and it’s not falling where we need it to replenish Lake Okeechobee.

Within minutes Tuesday afternoon, sprinkles turned to thunderstorms throughout the region. South Miami, Kendall and Coral Gables were under a flood watch. Three inches fell on Coral Gables, flooding some streets.

The wet weather is needed: Miami-Dade is three inches below its normal rainfall for the month of June; the shortfall in Broward is close to five inches.

Even with heavy downpours, Tuesday’s precipitation fell short of bringing rainfall back to normal.

The thunderstorm moved to the northwest and through Broward County about 3 p.m., said Barry Baxter, forecaster with the National Weather Service. It produced a half inch to an inch of rainfall, in the Coral Springs area and along the Sawgrass Expressway.

The rains have not helped much in the watershed area to the north. Lake Okeechobee’s level is currently about nine feet, three feet below normal, according to the South Florida Water Management District website.

I’m going to find another place to park today.