MANATEE -- Tourists to Manatee County might have found the electricity, percussion and precipitation filling the sky late Sunday afternoon a bit unraveling.
But to locals, and to the meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Ruskin, Sunday's thunder, lightning and rain were results of a standard summer convection."Basically, we had our normal sea breeze activity today and winds out of the southeast collided with our sea breeze boundary and pushed storms through our area," said Michael Lewis, a National Weather Service meteorologist.
The resulting thunderstorms dropped 2 to 3 inches of rain in Manatee County, Lewis said.
"At about 2 p.m. we started seeing build-ups and they continued through the afternoon and early evening," Lewis said.
Thunderstorms are expected to continue this week, a sign Manatee County is firmly in the grip of summer.
"Monday will be partly sunny in the morning and we may see an isolated shower before the morning is through," Lewis said. "The biggest threat for rain is in the afternoon with the sea breeze. We are predicting a 50 percent chance of rain Monday with highs in the lower 90s inland and 90 on the coast."
For the rest of the week, the National Weather Service is predicting no big changes.
"There will be less chance of rain Wednesday," Lewis said. "We are predicting 40 percent to 50 percent chance of rain each day with highs around 90."
As is normal, it will remain humid.
"That's the pattern we are under," Lewis said. "There's really nothing to dry us out. Winds across Florida coming from east and west carry moisture across the area. The air is just packed with moisture."
Richard Dymond, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-748-0411, ext. 6686.