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Hours of rainfall set soggy record in Tampa

A cold front that ushered in a wet and windy weekend continued Sunday, breaking a modest rainfall record in Tampa.

Rain totals throughout the region varied greatly Sunday, from Lakeland's 1.27 inches to St. Petersburg's 0.09 inches.

Those figures were certain to climb, however, as rain — perhaps heavy in places — was expected to continue through the night.

The National Weather Service reported Tampa received a record 0.70 inches of rain by 5 p.m. Sunday, the latest that rain totals were available.

It was the most rain on April 6 in Tampa since 1933, when 0.69 inches fell.

The average for April 6 — 0.06 inches — is much more in line with the drier weather we normally see this time of year, said Bay News 9 meteorologist Diane Kacmarik.

"This is definitely not a very typical pattern," she said.

Interior counties such as Polk were hit hard earlier in the day, and later coastal areas got a soaking.

Sunday's rain was a continuance of the "mini cold front" that caused blustery weather Saturday, Kacmarik said. Gusts as high as 50 mph were reported in St. Petersburg on Saturday night, she said.

But things should get back to normal today, when a new front from the northeast will push drier air our way, Kacmarik said. The rain was expected to taper off in the Tampa Bay area by midmorning.

Hours of rainfall set soggy record in Tampa 04/06/08 [Last modified: Sunday, April 6, 2008 10:05pm]
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