Sunday sets a record with 1.34 inches of rain


Published: Monday, December 1, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, November 30, 2008 at 10:42 p.m.

Rain must love the Gators.

Saturday, during a victorious mud-football match, the University of Florida football team and soaked fans withstood 1.34 inches of rain in Tallahassee, while Gainesville was dry.

Sunday, during a wild day of weather statewide, the Gators brought that rain home with them for a record-breaking 1.34 inches of rain in Gainesville while Tallahassee had less than an inch of rain.

Meanwhile, police were busy Sunday responding to a number of crashes caused by a combination of holiday traffic and poor driving conditions.

The weather in Gainesville on Sunday was mild, however, compared to some parts of Florida.

According to the National Weather Service in Jacksonville, a tornado touched down three miles west of the Central Florida town of Celebration, causing damage to a vehicle.

And much of east-central Florida spent Sunday afternoon under tornado watches or warnings.

Meteorologist Phil Peterson attributed the weather to a fast-moving cold front that came from the north.

Other parts of Florida, like Flagler County and the Kennedy Space Center, had wind gusts exceeding 40 mph.

Gainesville Regional Airport recorded a high wind speed of 37 mph.

Peterson said the rest of the week should be dry for Gainesville.

There is just a 20 percent chance of rain today, Thursday and Friday.

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