due to global atmospheric heating, this is the kind of event we’ve
atmosphere hotter than at any time in at least the past 120,000 years
develops a powerful thermal lift. The dense clouds build higher and
higher, drawing in moisture from a hydrological cycle that has been
intensified by at least 6 percent due to a 0.8 C global heating since
the 1880s. Eventually, the heavy moisture loading within the cloud
comes crashing downward in a collapsing inundation, resulting in
(Powerful storms close in on Central and Eastern Florida yesterday afternoon just prior to another record rainfall event. Image source: LANCE-MODIS.)
storms swept in, puffed up by the hotter than normal waters of the
Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico spreading dense, white cloud tops up
toward the stratosphere. By late evening, Central and Eastern Florida
were hemmed in by the towering cloud deck.
heavy rains began last night around midnight and continued on until
around 7 AM this morning. Dousing sheets of rain swept through
Volusia County cities focusing in on Orlando, Port Orange, New Smyrna
Beach and Daytona. For Daytona, the previous rainfall record for the
day, set in the 1970s at 4.22 inches was shattered as 7.98 inches of
rain fell over a seven hour period.
massive downpour left ten homes flooded and entire neighborhoods shut
down as city residents pushed water-logged vehicles to higher ground
or gingerly waded through knee to waist deep waters. Nearby Port
Orange found itself in a similar situation after a 7 inch deluge
flooded numerous roads and neighborhoods even as it completely buried
a section of railroad track in flood waters. The flooding storms also
uprooted trees and knocked down power lines in the affected region.
of about 1 PM this afternoon more storms were riding in off the
Atlantic Ocean heightening the risk of continued flooding for the
already storm-plagued region. River levels were rapidly rising and a
flood warning was issued for the larger St. John’s River.
(Southeast Water Vapor Imagery. Image source: NOAA.)
of 4 PM Eastern Time, water vapor imagery and radar showed strong
thunderstorm cells just to the southeast of Volusia county and
traveling toward the northwest — threatening a second inundation
for an already flooded region.