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Drenching Downpours Soak Central US

30 Jul 2020, 3:38 am

A slow-moving stationary front will keep the chance for showers and thunderstorms through the end of the week for a large section of the United States.  Several low pressure systems will “ride” along the front, bringing not only the chance for flooding rainfall, but also severe weather.

As is often the case during the summer, ample moisture from the Gulf of Mexico will help to “fuel” these thunderstorm chances.  Incredibly heavy rainfall rates and several rounds of storms over the same territory is a concern.  Flash flooding and river flooding is likely.

On Thursday, the risk for severe thunderstorms will impact several states.  From New Mexico eastward to North Carolina, thunderstorms may include gusty winds and small hail.  Cities such as Lubbock, Oklahoma City, Memphis, and Nashville should stay “Weather Aware.”

On Friday, a few more strong storms will be possible, especially from Dallas to Memphis.

With numerous clusters of thunderstorms expected from the Great Plains all the way to the Mid-Atlantic, the threat of flooding rain is wide-reaching through the end of the work week.

Weather models indicate that some of the highest rainfall totals will occur in the Missouri, Mississippi, and Ohio River Valleys.  Widespread totals of 3 to 5 inches will be possible.

Flood Watches and Flash Flood Watches will likely be issued off-and-on throughout this period.  As of Thursday, a Flash Flood Watch is in effect for parts of Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky.

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About the author
Joe Astolfi has been a weather enthusiast and geography guru ever since childhood.  After earning an Associate degree at Terra State Community College in Ohio, he decided to pursue a Bachelor degree in meteorology at Northern Illinois University.  He minored in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).  Before arriving at WeatherNation TV, Joe worked at WREX-TV in Rockford, Illinois.  Forecasting ... Load Morefor northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin was anything but ordinary.  Severe storms, tornadoes, flooding, blizzards, and heat waves are just some of the extreme weather events he has covered.  Joe grew up in Sandusky, Ohio and will always have a passion for the Great Lakes region and all it has to offer.

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