A Big Southern Storm!
For those of us who follow and write about the weather, sometimes you have to follow what’s going on elsewhere to give yourself something to write about. That is certainly the case today. We’ll talk more about that in just a minute.
Meanwhile back home our weather is just wonderful as sunshine is dominant and temperatures are heating up nicely after morning lows in the 30s across N MO and 40s for most of the region. Areas farther southwards were in the 50s due to some thicker high clouds. The latest afternoon satellite picture is a thing of beauty for most of KS/MO.
We’ll continue to see a slow warming trend through the rest of the weekend, then a minor setback on Tuesday, followed by warmer weather on Wednesday. It would be towards the end of the week that a more substantial front is looming and will drop our highs quite a bit compared to Wednesday’s forecast. Nothing unusual but a nice shot of Canadian air will be moving on through. With this airmass the potential of more frost, or even a freeze is on tap for the region through next weekend so once again for you gardener’s out there its something to keep in mind.
The storm across the Southern Plains and into TX is something else from a rainfall standpoint. West Texas has seen almost half their yearly rainfall from this one storm, most occurring yesterday. Midland, TX received 4.66″ of rainfall. Here are some of the rainfall totals from that part of the country over the past 2 days. Most of the rain has come to an end, but there are still some showers down there.
Here is a broader view for you. Click on that image to make it larger.
This enhanced rainfall is being caused by a disturbance that’s been energized by the moisture from what was tropical storm Norman in the E Pacific Ocean. A Very impressive day for sure. While most of TX is still under some sort of drought category, it’s really gotten a lot better over the last year or so.
What’s interesting is that last year in the last week of September 85% of the state was under the “exceptional” drought category (the worst). Now this year it’s down to 5% and my guess is that next week, that contrast may be even more distinct.
That’s it for the weekend. Have a great weekend and enjoy this beautiful weather!