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Beneficial Rainfall Already Felt Across Parts of South

Certainly, the focus this week with a major area of low pressure is a multi-day severe weather and winter weather threat, but there is also a significant upside with this system as well.

Beneficial rainfall is soaking much of the deep south from Texas to (eventually) Georgia and the Carolinas, and some of the long-awaited high rain totals are already being seen.

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Dallas, Texas saw 0.81″ on Monday morning, making it the city’s second-wettest day so far this month, and helping close a four-inch rainfall deficit since September 1st. Memphis, Tennessee picked up 1.34″ of rainfall through Monday evening, making it the wettest day here since August 25th. Rainfall of these levels is fairly typical across the deep south in the late fall and early winter, but a persistent, blocking area of high pressure has kept the Southeast bone dry with an exceptional, record-setting drought that is being blamed for several Southeast wildfires.

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Areas like Birmingham, Alabama, with just 0.01″ of rainfall since September 18th, desperately need the rainfall, but the severe weather risk could also dump several inches of badly-needed rain.

The East Coast and the Southeast will stand to benefit the most over the next few days as the parent area of low pressure slowly marches northeastward. A widespread, two-to-five inch rainfall looks to be in the cards for many areas struggling with drought, including the Northeast, good news for many, albeit with notable severe and winter weather hazards.

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Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on this multi-faceted – and yet beneficial – potent area of low pressure.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi – Featured Photo: Courtesy National Weather Service, Binghamton, New York office

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