Saturday started off as a promising day. I woke up at 6am and the sea breeze line was already beginning to show on the radar as a line of shower and thunderstorms. Most of the activity was off the coast of Miami and Ft Lauderdale. In hopes of catching a waterspout, I made my way down to the beach and can see the cumulus clouds way out in the ocean. The main line of showers and storms looked great for waterspout development, but it was quickly obscured by new forming rain cells that lined up just at the edge of the coastline. A new friend of mine, who was scouting off the coast of Delray had told me that it already started to rain in his area and I can see the same rain cloud moving in my direction. Within half an hour, this cell overtook me. I was shooting a time lapse with my GoPro and waited until the very last second before I had buckets of water dumped on me! I still wish I stayed a few moments longer, but I didn't want to ruin any of my camera gear with no shelter near by.
The sea breeze moved in fairly quickly into the interior, so I got in my car and headed straight down Southern Blvd to one of my well known scouting areas out near the sugar cane fields. The atmosphere looked ripe and that big storms should be forming, but the ones that did just never got the strength they needed to become violent. This was mostly due to a layer of warm air high in elevation. Warm air can only continue to rise as long as the surrounding air is cooler than it. Once the rising warm air comes into contact with the layer of warm air aloft, it stops rising and puts a cap on a thunderstorm as to how tall it can grow. The taller the cloud, the larger and more violent a storm can become. On Saturday, it was getting capped at a pretty low level, so lightning really wasn't a big factor.
Not much was doing here in the form of lightning, so I figured maybe if I get out ahead of the sea breeze line and back into the sunshine, I would be in prime positioning for some possible more violent storms given that there is still a ton of heating going on at the surface. I headed NW on FL-700 towards Lake Okeechobee and pulled into a little park at Canal Point to get a little overview of what was going on. Now i'm out ahead of the sea breeze line again with clear blue sky ahead of me with the storms slowly working towards me and the lake.
Storms redeveloped, but they were still being capped and not really producing anything special that I was hoping for. This warm air aloft usually doesn't take place until August or later, so hopefully the atmosphere will cool down again sometime soon. I did get a pretty nice roll cloud coming off a newly developing thunderstorm, but that too quickly faded.
I drove home, took a quick nap, woke up and drove out to the cane fields to do a little fishing in the canal. It was about 45 minutes to sunset and it was absolutely beautiful out! One gator that frequents the bridge a lot came by to see what I was doing and then no more than 10 minutes later, I see another big guy slowly making his way down the canal. People must feed them because every time I go fishing here, they always make there way to me like they want to be fed.