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MiamiHerald.com | 05/16/2006 | Stormy show just a preview
"It drowns the same people over and over," said meteorologist Bob Pifer of the National Weather Service.
Struck By Lightning
"They absolutely work," said Bob Pifer, with the National Weather Service's forecast office in Miami."Occasionally, you will take (people) off the soccer field or the football field or the golf course for no reason, but it only takes that one time."Most of us worry about fairly normal things.I think about my parents and retirement money and who's going to manage my baseball team in 2006.But after 22 years in Florida, lightning's still not very high on my list."It doesn't 'do in' a lot of people simultaneously," Pifer said Friday.
Temperatures ranged from the low 40s inland to the low 50s on the southeast coast, said Bob Pifer, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Miami.
"Basically it's just the one night," Pifer
said."It will warm up quickly on the East Coast." But, he said, the chill combined with winds of 10 mph to 15 mph is a drastic change from South Florida's unusually warm fall and will bring the lowest temperatures yet of the season.
"It wasn't that long ago that we were still hitting 90 degrees here in October," Pifer
KRT Wire | 07/09/2005 | Hurricane Dennis grazes South Florida, takes aim at Gulf Coast
Because of the storm's tendrils, South Florida can expect more rain and clouds Sunday, although the winds should subside, said meteorologist Bob Pifer.
"The plus side is there will be some breaks in the clouds and we'll see some sun, especially late in the day," he
Thunderstorms fail to soak dry ground
An area from Boynton Beach south through Boca Raton, Parkland and Deerfield Beach took the brunt of the afternoon's storm activity, said Bob Pifer, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Miami.
In one hour , from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. , the cold front produced an impressive 1,100 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes, Pifer
Nickel-sized hail fell in scattered areas as well, he
It was the same storm band that caused 12 deaths and widespread damage in Tennessee and Georgia, he
A second band of storm activity developed over Lake Okeechobee later in the afternoon, bringing more thunderstorms Sunday evening, Pifer
Temperatures Sunday night were expected to be in the mid to upper 60s.Today, expect more showers, with highs around 80 as the front moves slowly off shore.
The afternoon storm brought needed rain, but not enough to quench the thirsty ground.
A few local areas got about an inch, but the rest of the region got only about a half-inch of rain, Pifer
'If you want to stop droughts, we need very widespread rain, and that's not going to happen with this storm,' Pifer