Posted by Brent Cameron
After some minor "on-and-off showers" during the day (Saturday) some major storms quickly arrived. From west to east, thunderstorms sent a wave of weather troubles to the highly populated areas from metro Broward to metro Miami-Dade. The wild weather included gusty damaging winds that several downed trees west of Ft. Lauderdale. In the meantime, rain was falling so fast that visibility dropped to nearly nothing... while drivers maneuvered wet streets, some of which were quickly inundated with water. The heavy rains soon brought flooding to the Ft. Lauderdale area (and especially south and west of the city). Rain totals were impressive: between 3 and 5 inches of rain, most of which arrived within an hour or less! Additionally, 7 News obtained pictures of pea-sized hail near Ft. Lauderdale and State Road 84, as well as in Davie. As storms matured and moved offshore, we even watched some rotation develop within some storms and (consequently) a waterspout formed over Hillsboro Inlet... just east of Pompano Beach.
The scene late Saturday afternoon was like deja vu... from the previous Saturday afternoon, 1-week prior! The reason involves the same storm ingredients that are here again, this weekend: moist unstable air, a front nearby, and active sea breeze circulations. By the way, since we're getting steering currents from west-to-east, the most favorable time for developing storms will be during the afternoon hours. That's also within the time frame of the peak heating of the day, so Be on guard, as storms likely form with force... on Sunday, then again on Monday. Looking ahead, some drying is expected by Tuesday due to a slight veer in winds, by then. Stay safe.