Yesterday afternoon brought a broken squall line across the state of Florida, with stronger storms embedded in the line as it tracked across the peninsula well into Sunday evening.
Some of the stronger cells associated with the main line produced short-lived severe weather with almost two dozen straight-line wind damage reports from the Gulf Coast to Titusville on the east coast. Most of the damage reports consisted of uprooted trees, minor roof damage and some isolated power outages in some counties across central Florida.
As the line shifted southward toward South Florida, I decided to set up my cameras over the interior portions of northwest Palm Beach County along the Martin County line and wait for the line of storms to move in from the northwest. I thought about setting up to shoot a time lapse, but the ridiculously strong southwest wind flow ahead of the squall line was just too much to keep tripod stable enough as the winds were gusting to nearly 45mph.
As the squall line approached my location the winds quickly shifted to the northwest just ahead of the heavy precipitation and straight-line winds. There was a few close cloud-to-ground (CG) lightning strikes, but the lightning overall was not impressive. What was more impressive, at least to me, was the strong straight-line winds that came screaming across the water blasting me with 50-55mph winds for about 10 minutes with the passage of the heaviest core embedded in the squall line.
The entire event only lasted no more than 15 minutes, and the heavy wind and rain were replaced by light drizzle and much cooler west-northwest winds for the remainder of the afternoon into the evening hours.
Hard to believe that the forecast for Florida the next few nights have temperatures dropping into the low 40s in some locations and even the upper 30s in Central Florida. No doubt March is definitely wanting to hang on to winter a little bit longer.
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