Bradenton nearly hits monthly rainfall average in one day

In one day, Bradenton nearly hit its average rainfall for the month of March. But don’t expect any more for at least a week.

The city registered 2.55 inches of rain Friday, according to Brian McClure, BayNews9 meteorologist. The average for the entire month of March: 3.36 inches.

“It came in (Friday) about like we thought,” McClure said. “A big wave in the morning and another one in afternoon. Now we’ll be drying out.”

McClure said there’s no significant chance of rain for the next seven days. And starting today it’ll be noticeably cooler, with high temperatures struggling to reach the upper 60s.

Bradenton’s rainfall so far this year has more than doubled the amount recorded over the first three months of 2009.

The city saw 3.5 inches of rain from January through March last year. This year, Bradenton already has 7.93 inches under its belt.

“Typically March and April are dry, so it’s fantastic to get that amount of rainfall,” McClure said.

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service confirmed two tornadoes ripped through central Florida on Thursday, damaging 28 units at a golf resort and leaving five of the condos uninhabitable.

The tornadoes touched down at the Grenelefe Golf and Tennis Resort near Haines City, about 40 miles south of Orlando.

Polk County authorities were still tallying the damage from a severe storm that rumbled across the region, which also damaged mobile homes and toppled trees across an 80-mile swath. Hail measuring three-quarters of an inch in diameter fell along Florida’s Atlantic coast.

— Brent Conklin, Herald news editor, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.