JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Bertha forms just south of Charleston South Carolina, will quickly move inland. Dump heavy rains there.
The same system that brought us such a soggy Tuesday now impacting the Carolinas. Heavy rains there are expected to be as much as 6″ in spots along the Coast.
Coastal winds will barely maintain the threshold of being a tropical storm, sustained 40 mph. Although likely to fade over land in the Carolinas, there will be a chance for this to push back out over the Atlantic. Once back over the Atlantic there will be another small window for the system to develop.
Meanwhile for Jacksonville, there will be some temporary dry air swinging into the area today, this will be enough to bring us some sunshine. It will be limited as abundant tropical moisture will continue to be overhead through the weekend.
Umbrella days are back as a deep tropical flow extends from the Caribbean to Maine this week.
Up through May 18, there was officially less than 1/10th of an inch of rain. But for the next few days rainfall amounts will be between 1-2 inches for most locations throughout Southeast Georgia and Northeast Florida.
Part of this plume of deep tropical moisture helped to generate Bertha.
And this deep flow of moisture will be persisting in one form or another (likely to move east over the weekend) and it is possible another tropical system could develop from it next week. This time in the Caribbean Sea.
Either way, the big tropical plume means that despite the return of sunshine, umbrella days are back for Jacksonville. Additional rainfall amounts through this weekend could exceed 3″ here in NEFL and SEGA.