Rainfall blanketing area was heavy, but much needed after dry spell

2-5 inches of rain needed to get back to normal

Severe weather threatens Orlando area.
Severe weather threatens Orlando area.

Orlando – After over a week with no measurable rainfall, the dry streak was broken this weekend as storms rolled into Central Florida ahead of a cold front that will be south of the area by Monday morning.

Hours before daybreak, rain moved in over Marion and Flagler Counties. The storms ramped up into severe mode mid-morning, packing strong, damaging winds that took down trees and light poles and even flinging hail as big as golf balls in some neighborhoods.

Hail in Winter Park Sunday, April 11. (Image: Winter Park Station 61 crew) (Copyright 2021 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

Torrential downpours quickly blanketed the area.

Sheets of heavy rain limited visibility for drivers trying to watch for ponding water along the sides of the roadways. Although the rain was heavy at times, the storms moved quickly east. As of 8 p.m., the 24-hour rainfall totals added up to a couple of inches.

24-hour rain totals as of 8 p.m. Sunday. (WKMG)
24-hour rain totals as of 8 p.m. Sunday. (WKMG)

Normally this time of year, Central Florida averages between 6 and 11 inches of rainfall.

Prior to today, the deficit numbers were as much as almost six inches below normal values. All of Central Florida under abnormally dry conditions clearly seen in dry vegetation and high fire risks recently issued.

The last measurable rainfall recorded prior to this weekend was March 31, and even then, the 1.48 inches of rain that fell was after a 28-day stretch of no measurable rain. The deficit continued to add up.

The first 9 days of April had no measurable rainfall. The last time rainfall was recorded in Orlando prior to this weekend was the last day of March 2021. (WKMG)

Every little bit of rain helps. As of this afternoon, we still need anywhere from 2 to 5 inches of rainfall to be at normal values.

Rainfall is still less than it normally is around the area for this time of year. Samara Cokinos (WKMG)

Dry weather returns for the start of the workweek, which means the negative numbers will go back up. Luckily, another chance for showers returns by the middle of the week.


About the Author:

Emmy Award Winning Meteorologist Samara Cokinos joined the News 6 team in September 2017. In her free time, she loves running and being outside.