Watch NASA’s view of Tropical Storm Colin soaking Florida

NASA got a view of Tropical Storm Colin that shows just how much rain Florida received over a two-day period from the sloppy short-lived cyclone.

The rainbow-colored satellite images are from June 6 through June 8 when Colin transitioned to an extra-tropical cyclone.


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The analysis showed Colin’s heaviest rainfall was over Central and North Florida where at least 10 inches fell over the two-day period.

Colin was an unusual tropical cyclone in that its counterclockwise spinning center was separated from the worst of its thunderstorms. At one point, National Hurricane Center forecasters said the strongest winds and storms were 230 miles southeast of the center.

Palm Beach County felt Colin’s touch Monday in the hot, humid air being pulled from the tropics and in threats of afternoon thunderstorms. West Palm Beach hit a high of 89 degrees with a dew point that reached a sticky 78 degrees. The relative humidity hit a high of 82 percent.

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Hurricane Center specialist John Cangialosi said part of the reason for its poor definition is because of how it was born.

“It came from a tropical wave, which is typical, but it turned into a gyre in the Gulf and that promotes a larger system,” Cangialosi said. “Storms come in all shapes and sizes and this one is definitely an awkward shape.”

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