Rain bypasses Alachua County

Map courtesy of National Hurricane Center

Published: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at 8:40 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at 11:11 p.m.

A high-level weather disturbance that held the promise of rain passed across North Florida from the Atlantic to the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday but failed to deliver much in the way of precipitation.

No widespread rain was reported, but a few drizzles occurred, mostly in counties surrounding Alachua, the National Weather Service said.

Matt Zibura, meteorologist with the weather service in Jacksonville, said the weather system began in the Great Lakes region and slid down the eastern seaboard before crossing over Florida.

"Not everybody got the rain. There were some showers in Ocala and southward and in Columbia and Gilchrist counties," Zibura said. "The chance for rain would have helped with the fire situation."

Alachua and Marion counties are under a burn ban because of the dry conditions. Firefighters have been contending with wildfires throughout the region. The disturbance marked the first day of the Atlantic hurricane season and the first day of "meteorological summer" — the unofficial start of summer on June 1, as opposed to the official beginning of summer, which is marked by the solstice on June 21.

The annual hurricane season runs through Nov. 30. Forecasters are projecting 11 named storms, six hurricanes and two major hurricanes.

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