Volusia County, FL – The weather Volusia County has been seeing lately is called “abnormal” by the National Weather Service.
According to NWS, yesterday’s storm – which injured one man and beached four boats – brought three inches of rain and winds up to almost 50 miles per hour in parts of the county.
The weather monitoring station at Daytona Beach International Airport reported 46 mph winds, while an Ormond Beach station reported 48 mph at its peak and another in New Smyrna Beach recorded 43 mph.
Western Volusia near Lake George and Pierson saw the heaviest amount of rainfall, per NWS: between 2.5 to 3 inches of rain. The Orange City/DeBary/Deltona area reported around 1 to 2 inches.
Eastern Volusia near the coast saw the lightest amount of rainfall, with the Daytona and Ormond areas receiving 1 to 1.5 inches of rain. Parts of Edgewater saw up to an inch of rainfall.
While summer storms are normal for Florida, the NWS is saying yesterday’s was a bit strange.
“It was pretty abnormal to see a system like this for this time of the year,” said Jerry Combs, a meteorologist with the NWS. “We’re used to our standard day-to-day thunderstorms, but to see a broad severe weather outlook like that is pretty rare.”
Combs also said that they would expect storms like this closer to January and through to April.
The outlook for the rest of the week through Wednesday calls for some rain, but nothing like yesterday, according to Combs.
While the stronger storm threat is in southern Florida near the Vero Beach area, the Volusia County area can still expect possible storms through the week but nothing severe, thanks to some dryer air that has moved in.
This is caused by an upper-level system that has stalled over the south-eastern United States, per Combs.