The first tropical storm of the year is about to form in the Gulf of Mexico. It will be called “Alberto”. This could be just a tropical storm, or it could gain minimal hurricane strength. The biggest threat appears at time time to be heavy rain and possible flooding. As the storm comes north, the strongest winds will be on the right side of the center (eye) of the storm and that’s likely to move in around Mobile to Pensacola.
This is the 7-day rainfall forecast from the Weather Prediction Center. Note the heavy rain that will fall along and to the east of the tropical storm. Relatively dry weather is expected in SW Lower Michigan and very dry weather will continue from S. California east to Texas. Florida has already had heavy rain this month. Here’s some rainfall totals since May 1: 11.74″ Fort Lauderdale, 9.21″ Fort Myers, 8.44″ Miami, 8.06″ Fort Pierce, 7.84″ W. Palm Beach, 7.49″ Sanford, 6.96″ Vero Beach, 5.49″ Orlando, 5.53″ Melbourne, 5.05″ Tampa.