Severe Weather: This Spring Is One for the Record Books
May was the wettest month on record for states like Texas and Oklahoma with many cities experiencing record rain. June has proven to be no different however we saw the most impressive rainfall stack up further north. Cities across the Central Plains all the way to the Atlantic have experienced the wettest June on record.
Some of these rainfall totals are the result of the flooding rains brought into the area from Tropical Depression Bill. The warm humid air mass that held its ground over the Central/Eastern United States, paired with the already saturated ground, continued to fuel Bill and helped the tropical depression hold its tropical classification for days over land. This is known as the Brown Ocean Phenomenon.
As for today, we are still experiencing the risk of flooding for areas across the Central United States. Missouri, Southern Illinois and Eastern Kentucky are at risk for flash flooding until Thursday morning. Already saturated grounds from the record rainfall in June means the ground is already at capacity in the amount of water it can hold. Therefore, the two to four inches of rain that can be expected within the next 24 hours will have the potential to cause serious flash flooding concerns. Morning thunderstorms already rolled through early today and redeveloping storms will be expected later this afternoon. Rapid daytime heating will aid the afternoon storm development. We are anticipating the growth of supercell storms with the potential for flooding, gusting winds, hail and the chance for an isolated tornado.
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For WeatherNation: Meteorologist, Tracey Anthony