Showers and storms

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Main Threats

Today-Wednesday: Heavy downpours could lead to localized flash flooding. Be especially careful if out driving and caught in one of these downpours.

Summary

Showers and storms have settled in across the plateau and they will be with us through at least Wednesday. We won’t see rain all the time, but it will certainly be scattered about.

We may need to be a bit mindful of storms on Tuesday, as a strong cold front gets closer. A large section of the Midwest has now been outlined in a slight risk for severe weather for Tuesday. Models are showing parameters for us that could lead to some strong storms, so I’ll be keeping an eye on that.

Tropics

The tropics continue to be active. We now have Tropical Storm Kirk out in the southern Atlantic. That storm will track westward over the coming week and we’ll certainly be keeping an eye on Kirk.

The remnants of Florence continue to move back around toward the Carolinas. Surely she won’t regenerate into another storm, but it wouldn’t be unprecedented if she does.

Other disturbances will just need to be watched. We are in the peak of hurricane season, so everything needs to be monitored.

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Records

The summer of 2005 featured one of the worst hurricane seasons imaginable. That was the year Katrina hit. That was also the year we had so many storms we ran out of alphabet letters and had to start using the Greek alphabet.

On this date in 2005, we had made it to the Rs for storm names; Rita. The category 3 hurricane slammed into the Gulf Coast along the Texas/Louisiana border at Sabine Pass. Maximum sustained winds were 120 mph. A storm surge of 15 feet completed flooded out that coastal year. Sugar cane losses were estimated at 300 million dollars! Farther east, in New Orleans, an eight-foot storm surge damaged levees that had been repaired following Katrina.

On a different note…

On this day in 1983 an incredible windstorm, associated with a downburst, struck the Kaibab National Forest just north of the Grand Canyon. Two hundred acres of forest were leveled and completely destroyed. Damaged timber could be found scattered across an additional 3,300 acres! Interestingly, most of the trees were snapped at 15-30 feet off the ground.

You all have a good Sunday!

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