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Rain, rain isn't going away: A wet weekend ahead


It's one of those weeks where longtime residents look at the sky, shake their heads and groan about Florida weather.

Tampa has had almost the same amount of rain this week as it got during the entire month of April, said Eric Oglesby, National Weather Service meteorologist. And the rainy, gray streak is going to continue through the weekend.

Rain chances are 70 percent through Friday, according to Bay News 9. Saturday has a 50 percent chance, and Sunday has a 20 percent chance of rain.

The week started with sporadic deluges — the kind that flip one's umbrella upside down and send power companies into the soaking streets. Since Monday, a particularly stubborn system has sat over the region, dumping between two and three inches of rain, Ogelsby said.

Conditions should dry up by the start of the work week, and so far there's no chance of rain on Tuesday, according to Bay News 9.

Tampa Bay isn't alone in the storm. Most of the Sunshine State has been blanketed by rain this week.

While May is typically a dry month, it isn't unusual to have a few days of heavy storms, said Diane Kacmarik, Bay News 9 meteorologist.

And while the rain is great for quenching brush fires, storms can still bring problematic lightning strikes.

"We can get one or two days with lots of rain," she said. "You can end up averaging the three months together, and we'll still be below normal."

Rain, rain isn't going away: A wet weekend ahead 05/02/13 [Last modified: Thursday, May 2, 2013 1:50pm]
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