JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - What an amazing month that we've witnessed in Northeast Florida. From May 27 to June 27, it just seems like it's been raining all the time!
Between 22 to 40 inches of rain have fallen across much of North Florida and parts of South Georgia in the past five weeks.
It started with Beryl coming right into Jacksonville Beach -- the first time in decades a tropical cyclone had come straight onshore. The other notable storm that did was Category 2 Hurricane Dora back in 1964.
Quick reminder, hurricanes are typically defined by wind damage and storm surge they bring. Later, as they weaken into tropical storms, it's all about heavy rainfall.
Tropical storm Debby was a massive rain maker! The National Weather Service map of rainfall from Debby (top of page) shows the worst of the rains were along Interstate 10.
So, why the huge pattern shift? I personally believe the blame falls on El Niño and the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO). The NAO is the location of the semi-permanent location of the Greenland Low pressure. When El Niño is in full bloom and the NAO is in a certain position, we tend to get dumped on!
What about the hurricane season ahead? Right now, there's a true tropical wave we are watching in the Atlantic. It will be reaching the United States in about nine days, but where? It's too early to tell, so stay tuned to The Weather Authority.
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