Well it finally gave a good rain storm when I was home to watch the fun! I almost missed this one too as it formed over Downtown St. Petersburg when the Gulf sea breeze collided with an outflow boundry from a storm in Hardee County within just a few minutes. I stood outside as the storm approached. First the outflow boundry passed overhead once again bringing a wind shift and cooler air, though this did not feel nearly as strong as the one mentioned from a few days ago. Within just a few minutes behind it came the storm. Peak wind speed of 29mph was reached just after the rain core struck, bringing 7.29 in/hr rainfall rates. No records were set today but the storm did come just a tad shy of the National Weather Service‘s severe storm reporting criteria. The storm brought a total of 1.60 inches of rain in less than 1 hour, just 0.40 inches shy of flash flood criteria.
Below is a brief list of interesting observations noted during today‘s storm:
- Wind shifted tward the storm at 10:00pm, rain began just after 11:00pm.
- Peak Wind Gust - 29mph at 11:06pm
- Peak Rainfall Rate - 7.29 in/hr at 11:10pm
- Total Rain from storm - 1.60 inches (occurred in span of less than 60 minutes)
- Temperature drop of 8 degrees in 30 minutes from rain. (82 F to 74 F /10:50p - 11:20p)
No spotter reports or other interesting weather phenomenon to report from the National Weather Service for today.>