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Texas and Gulf Coast Rain, Seasonal Outlook, Chilly Ryder Cup Sep 28, 2012

Texas Rain with Flooding Potential

Heavy rain has been impacting Texas already this morning. One of the hardest hit areas has been around Midland and Odessa.  Map below shows the rainfall totals for just today.  Big Spring has seen close to 5 inches in a matter of just a few hours.

It’s definitely not over yet.  With a frontal boundary moving through the Southeast and into the Southern Plains. This will prevent the moisture from tracking northward and keep it down in Texas and into the southeast. Does not bode well for college football games tomorrow!

All of this rain in such a short time span is leading to some flooding concerns.

Flash Flood Warnings in Effect for the red shaded counties and watches in effect for the green counties.

From the National Weather Service:

.A RICH FEED OF TROPICAL MOISTURE IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE
REMNANTS OF MIRIAM HAS SPREAD ACROSS WEST TEXAS. MEANWHILE RICH
LOW LEVEL MOISTURE HAS SURGED INTO THE AREA COURTESY A SUSTAINED
EAST AND SOUTHEAST WIND. THIS WITH A SLOW MOVING UPPER AIR
DISTURBANCE HAS RESULTED IN A MOST FAVORABLE PATTERN FOR RAIN...
SOME HEAVY...TODAY AND TONIGHT. RAINFALL RATES AROUND ONE INCH
PER HOUR AND THE POSSIBILITY OF SHOWERS AND STORMS MOVING OVER
THE SAME AREA WILL GENERATE RAPID RUNOFF...ESPECIALLY IN URBAN
AREAS AND IN THE MORE ROCKY TERRAIN OF THE TRANS PECOS. HEAVY RAIN
HAS ALREADY FALLEN ACROSS MUCH OF THE WATCH AREA WITH ADDITIONAL
RAIN EXPECTED.  THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH WAS BEEN EXPANDED ACROSS THE
NORTHERN PERMIAN BASIN.

Predicted rainfall totals over the next 3 days:

Over the next 3 days, some spots could see over 6 inches of rain, especially in southern Louisiana.

Seasonal Outlook

And the soggy pattern continues!  Over the next three months, the bright green areas have a 40% chance of above average rainfall.

 Although its feeling cool today around the Great Lakes, the overall trend is pushing towards a warmer weather pattern for the 3 months as a result if a weak El Nino trend.

 Chilly Ryder Cup

(David J. Phillip/ Associated Press ) - Europe's Graeme McDowell, left, ... washingtonpost.com

Lots of sweaters and warm clothes at the Ryder Cup this morning.  Temperatures early this morning were in the mid 40s but will be warming up to the mid 60s with plenty of sunshine this afternoon. Much warmer weather is expected tomorrow as highs climb into the 70s.

From: http://blogs.wsj.com/dailyfix/2012/09/28/the-ryder-cup-seesaw/

“On a cold but beautiful morning in Medinah, Illinois, spectators streamed out of the commuter rail line and parking lots at Medinah Country Club in the western suburbs of Chicago. Many wore sweatshirts as the first group teed off. U.S. golfer Jim Furyk, who was in the first group, started the match with a homely knit hat on.”

Check back here for more updates!

Gretchen Mishek

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