The last week or so has brought the onset of the Florida wet season almost 2 weeks earlier than the normal start in late May. Persistent troughs of low pressure along the eastern United States and Florida, has helped to transport deep tropical moisture from the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico enhancing rainfall totals across the peninsula.
The early start to the rainy season couldn't have come at a better time, as drought conditions were becoming worse as we moved into early May, and ground conditions were very dry fueling some brushfires across the state.
Some of the storms, as seen in the one above, have reached severe limits producing damaging straight-line winds and large hail. Even a few tornado warnings have been issued, as storms would track eastward and interact with the East Coast seabreeze boundary where the winds were more backed along the coast increasing low-level wind shear. Luckily none of the storms have become too dangerous outside of some damaging gusty wind's and lightning.
More thunderstorm action is forecast as we move into the weekend, although more isolated in nature with drier air in the mid and upper-level's moving by Saturday. Should make for a great beach weekend, but be sure to keep an eye to the skies as you get into the late afternoon hours when lightning will become more of a hazard to beach bums.