Two Systems to Soak Texas – Help on the Way for Wildfires?
Two systems will likely make it one soaker of a week for Texas and much of the deep South, and that’s mostly good news.
An upper level low spinning out of the Southwest will tap subtropical moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and dump locally heavy rainfall across Texas and much of the deep South, starting on Wednesday and potentially sticking around through the start of the weekend.
Mired in severe drought despite an exceptionally wet spring and early summer, the South, particularly from the Mississippi River west through central Texas’ I-35 corridor, is in big need of a good, soaking rainfall.
Flash Flood Watches were posted for much of western Texas and Oklahoma through Thursday. Locally heavy rainfall could result in water-covered roadways and flooded fields and homes, particularly in rain-soaked west Texas, which has seen plenty of rainfall already in October. El Paso, Texas had seen 1.69″ of rainfall in October through Tuesday afternoon, well above the city’s typical October 0.61″ monthly average.
The heaviest rainfall will be concentrated just west of the worst drought-plagued areas, however, places such as Dallas and Houston, Texas and even Shreveport, Louisiana could be in store to receive 1-3″ of beneficial moisture through the end of the week.
The low will eventually push east and north by the weekend, potentially bringing the Ohio River Valley some big rainfall by the weekend as well.
These storms will likely help with Wildfires in the region.