Monday, October 5, 2015

Historic rainfall numbers - our pattern shifting slightly

Courtesy Jim Berry - football field in South Carolina underwater
Historic rainfall has been falling over the Carolinas throughout the last 4 days. Charleston, South Carolina had over a third of it's yearly rainfall in less than 48 hours. What you have going on is a stalled storm over Georgia with a steady conveyor belt of moisture moving from the ocean right into South Carolina. This belt of rainfall has been relentless and with the tropical connection, it doesn't take long for flooding to happen. Conditions will start to improve Tuesday as the storm system finally gets out to sea.  Keep in mind, the major flooding is completely separate form Joaquin which continues to accelerate out to sea, passing near Bermuda. As it moves over cooler water, additional weakening is likely.
Setup for heavy rain in the southeast. Steady streams of moisture continue to move onshore
Rainfall amounts through October 4th
We have a couple storm systems of our own to watch, but it won't be anything like the rainfall they've had back east. There is a system over Las Vegas this morning, but it now looks like it will slip southeast to the US/Mexico border and not bring much (if any) rainfall to Kansas. We do have a front coming in on Thursday that should help develop scattered showers and storms. Rainfall amounts look like they will be .25" or less, but with a chance to have thunderstorms, we can always hope for a little more.

Temperatures will cool off later in the week with highs back around 70 by Friday. 

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