Torrential rains in southeast could trigger inclement weather in Florida ahead of Christmas

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Heavy precipitation is good news for the Southeastern United States, which has experienced extremely dry and even drought conditions in recent weeks.

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Severe weather in Florida

As a storm moves, experts at AccuWeather warn it could bring severe weather to Florida.

According to the United States Drought Monitor, areas from northern and western Georgia to most of the Carolinas and southern Virginia are in need of rain the most.

According to the USDA, about 42% of North Carolina and 23% of South Carolina are currently experiencing extreme drought conditions. The city of Asheville, North Carolina, has received about an eighth of the amount of rain it normally receives in the six weeks since November 1.

The first half of December saw little to no rain in parts of Florida. It is normally the driest time of the year in Florida in the fall, winter and early spring. There is an average of 1 to 3 inches of rain each month between November and March in Orlando, according to Accuweather.

Thunderstorms in the warm part of the system are influenced by how quickly the thunderstorm generates electricity as well as the path it takes as it travels through the region.

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Southeastern states will experience precipitation

Parts of the southeastern states will be wet from Monday to Tuesday, but AccuWeather meteorologist Tony Zartman says there is some uncertainty about the distance north of the rain shield.

In addition, it is possible for the heavy rain and wet travel conditions to spread further northwest with the storm from central Alabama and northern Georgia to central North Carolina and southeast. from Virginia.

Pilot Mountain State Park in North Carolina was evacuated in late November due to a wildfire that burned for several days. Over 1,100 acres of land were destroyed by the blaze, which is believed to have started as a campfire.

This region and most of the Appalachian Mountains and southern foothills still experience dry soil conditions, with dry brush and recently fallen leaves providing potential fuel.

At this time of year, even a little rain can do a lot of good, as evaporation rates are lower than in summer.

Recent record heat and steady above-average temperatures have resulted in much higher evaporation rates than is typical. There was a 4 to 8 degree Fahrenheit increase in average temperatures during the first half of December.

Storm impact

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Potential thunderstorms in central and southern Florida

From early to mid-December, temperatures across most of the region are typically in the upper 50s, but there have been many days this month when these temperatures spiked into the 60s and 70s.

Zartman said the farther north and west the rain falls, the stronger the storm and the faster it increases.

Rain may not reach Interstate 85 if the storm eases before leaving the beaches in Georgia and Florida. It is possible that if the storm intensifies quickly, it will reach north to the southern Appalachians, and even further west.

From late Monday to early Tuesday, central and southern Florida could potentially experience severe, gusty and severe thunderstorms, even with a moderate storm system.

Light rain is possible throughout Tuesday afternoon and evening, although severe thunderstorms do not develop in the area. People who want to go fishing, boating or going to the beach this week may want to think about their travel plans.

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