Heavy rain fell yesterday afternoon through last night along the southeast coast of Florida in Palm Beach County. The heaviest rainfall reported was an astounding 22.21 inches in Hypoluxo. The largest amount from a CoCoRaHS observer was 14.79 inches near Lantana. That amount is low, according to the observer, because the gauge was already full when he emptied it just after midnight (the gauge holds about 11 inches).
|CoCoRaHS reports for Palm Beach County, FL on January 10.|
CoCoRaHS observers also reported 10+ inch amounts from Martin and St. Lucie counties. Quite a few observers reported 5 inches or more for this event .Here are some of the highest amounts reported to the National Weather Service so far from Palm Beach County.
...PALM BEACH COUNTY... 1 WSW HYPOLUXO 22.21 800 AM 1/10 MESONET 1 SW PALM BEACH 16.03 800 AM 1/10 MESONET LANTANA 15.04 800 AM 1/10 MESONET 1 ESE LANTANA 14.79 700 AM 1/10 COCORAHS BOYNTON BEACH 13.13 800 AM 1/10 MESONET 1 E LANTANA 12.46 800 AM 1/10 MESONET 2 NW BOYNTON BEACH 11.00 800 AM 1/10 COCORAHS PALM BEACH 10.75 800 AM 1/10 MESONET 1 SW PALM BEACH SHOR 9.35 800 AM 1/10 MESONET 1 NNW LAKE WORTH 8.72 800 AM 1/10 COCORAHS 1 N LAKE WORTH 8.58 800 AM 1/10 COCORAHS LAKE WORTH 7.98 800 AM 1/10 MESONET JUNO BEACH 7.94 800 AM 1/10 CO-OP OBSERVER JUPITER FARMS 6.29 800 AM 1/10 MESONET 9 WNW PALM BEACH GAR 6.15 800 AM 1/10 MESONET NORTH PALM BEACH 5.86 800 AM 1/10 MESONET
The heavy rain was confined to a fairly narrow band hugging the coast. The rain developed in onshore north of a stationary frontal boundary draped across southern Florida.
|Surface weather map with radar for 1:00 a.m. EST January 10.|
|Radar image from Melbourne, FL at 9:59 p.m EST. January 9. |
Click HERE to see a 6-hour radar loop.
The rain caused a good deal flooding, and many vehicles were abandoned as roads became flooded. A section of I-95 was closed for a time due to the flooding. Sadly there was one fatality when a car left the road and plunged into water 15 to 20 feet deep, drowning the driver.