Serious Progress In Drought Relief Department

Monday, July 16, 2012: Significant Drought Relief Reduces Rain Deficit

Good Monday morning, everybody!  I hope you’ve had a great weekend.

The past three our four days have brought just what we needed, with off-and-on thunderstorms that have left 1" to 3" of rain in most areas.  Some localized spots have seen 4" or more since Thursday.  Our rainfall deficit has decreased from just under 8" at the middle of last week to less than 5" now.

Courtesy: Renea Holman

Sunday’s thunderstorms were scattered, but MOST places picked up at least one shower or thunderstorm.  Three locations received more than 1" of rain in the past 24 hours, with a good number of places seeing more than 1/2".

Among the major reporting sites, Monticello topped the list, but Jackson also did fairly well with Sunday’s round of thunderstorms.

On a very wide, regional view, you’ll see that much of Texas has done well in drought relief as well.  Flash flooding occurred late yesterday in some areas near San Antonio.  Houston had 1" on the nose.

Looking at the past 7 days, some areas have seen quite a bit of rain in Kentucky, with many areas just south and east of the Bluegrass Region seeing 4", 5" and even a few spots with 6" of rain.  The radar-estimated map indicates a few areas in yellow (which would indicate 8" in the past week), but radar-estimates are often slightly higher than reality.  Rain gauge data trumps estimates from radar, in terms of data quality.

Courtesy: Intellicast, Corporation

No matter how you dice it, though, we’re moving in the right direction.  Additional thunderstorms will develop in the hot, humid air this afternoon.  They’ll be scattered, with about 40% of the area receiving a t-storm or two today.  Highs will be near 90° with a heat index near 95° during the hottest part of the day.

Enjoy your Monday, and stay cool!


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