UNEQUAL RAINFALL DISTRIBUTION

Parts of Georgia really needed some rain from DEBBY.

If tropical storm DEBBY had continued a northward track into Georgia, instead of stalling in the northeast Gulf of Mexico, it would have been an entirely different story. Two-thirds of the triple doses of rain that fell onto northern Florida would have been spread farther north, breaking or easing the severe drought in parts of central and northern Georgia. Better yet, north Florida would not have received such excessive rainfall that cause such disastrous flooding.

When the computer models were frustrated between turning DEBBY west towards Texas and Loisiana or northeastward across northeast Florida into the Atlantic off the Carolinas, the 36 to 48 hour stall in the Gulf south of Tallahassee caused the spinning circulation to work like a giant pump sucking huge amounts of moisture from the steamy Gulf waters, as the upper winds transported multiple bands of water-laden clouds over our area, that dumped their loads over more than 3 days.

Strange as it sounds, the downpours were finally shut off when the weakened circulation finally passed over Florida’s upper peninsula from Ocala to Palm Coast, leaving destructive swollen creeks and rivers behind. The hurricane season is now behaving like an average season as it becomes rather tranquil during the hottest months of the year. I hope the worst of the 2012 season is behind us. At this stage, only time will tell what lies ahead for us.

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