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Harvest Moon, Texas Flooding Rain, California Heat

29 Sep 2012, 12:34 pm

Texas Flooding Rain

Rainfall totals have shattered old records all across Texas over the past 48 hours.  As of this morning, Big Spring had officially received over 8 inches from this system.

Flash  Flood Warnings effect for the Big Spring area and now Flash Flood Watches have been extended eastward to include Louisiana and Mississippi.  Most of the moisture will be exiting West Texas today and moving into the East Texas and into the Southeast for the weekend and early next week.

Over the next three days, the highest totals are projected to be over Northern Louisiana and along the Gulf Coast of Mississipp and Alabama.

Numerous record have already been broken and it is still raining in many of these cities.

From the National Weather Service:

SO FAR TODAY 1.29 INCHES OR RAIN HAS FALLEN AT AUSTIN CAMP MABRY TODAY.
THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF 1.20 SET IN 1985.
A RECORD RAINFALL OF 2.44 INCHES WAS SET AT DEL RIO YESTERDAY.
THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF 1.57 INCHES SET IN 1984.
A RECORD RAINFALL OF 2.19 INCHES WAS SET AT SAN ANTONIO YESTERDAY.
THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF 1.12 INCHES SET IN 1976.

Although the storms moving into the Southeast are not expected to be severe, there could be some gusty winds, especially in the Houston and Galveston area. Threat for thunderstorms extends up into the Carolinas and back toward the Inter Mountain West but the North continues to remain dry and sunny.

Intense Southwest Heat

Near record highs expected Sunday and early next week as high pressure takes hold over West Central California.  An Excessive Heat Watch has already been issued for the dark red shaded areas.

From the National Weather Service:

.A STRONG RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD ACROSS NORTHERN AND
CENTRAL CALIFORNIA OVER THE WEEKEND AND INTO EARLY NEXT WEEK.
BY SUNDAY AND MONDAY HIGH TEMPERATURES WILL RISE TO SOME OF THE
WARMEST LEVELS RECORDED SO FAR IN 2012. RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES
ARE POSSIBLE. MONDAY IS EXPECTED TO BE THE WARMEST DAY. VERY WARM
CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE INTO TUESDAY. A COOLING TREND IS FORECAST
TO BEGIN BY WEDNESDAY.

Harvest Moon

Picture from: http://www.moontimerising.com/2011/09/the-harvest-moon/

Most of the northern and western US will be able to enjoy a cloud free evening to catch a glimpse of the Harvest Moon just after the sun has set.  The Harvest Moon is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox. Due to its low angle in the sky this time of the year, the moon appears large and has an orange glow. This cycle of the moon got its name from Farmer’s who used the light from the moon to do their harvesting.

Enjoy the view!

Gretchen Mishek

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