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Mid-Week Storm To Produce 2-4 Inches Of Rain
If you ask for something long enough it’s bound to become reality, right? That’s the case for rain this week.
A powerful storm system is expected to hit South Central Texas by Tuesday and Wednesday. This storm has interesting characteristics, which may help to develop severe weather around the region. Cold air dropping in from the Rockies will circulate in early Tuesday morning and combine with Gulf Moisture right in the heart of Texas. Widespread thunderstorms will develop with some areas seeing hail, damaging winds, and maybe even localized flooding.
We’ll begin with light rain percolating into our neighborhoods around Tuesday’s morning commute. Folks should make sure to grab their rain gear if they so happen to have it lying around. Another good note to mention is to clear away any debris from your rain gutters. It’s been quite some time since we’ve seen rain of this quantity move through Austin. You’ve actually got to go back to Sept. 16 to find a rain bucket with more than two inches in it from one storm.
Rain totals will generally be anywhere from around one to three plus inches in the heavier spots. Some models even indicate the potential to get closer to four inches in the heavier downpours. This would be perfect for our lawns and reservoirs. Lake Buchanan is hovering around a 20 foot deficit from their statistical average, and Lake Travis is closing in on 40 feet below normal. This would obviously reduce those by a good amount.
We’re also keeping a close eye on the severe aspect of this system. The Storm Prediction Center has the southern area of Texas highlighted for a severe weather potential. This would include damaging winds, hail, and maybe even an isolated tornado. All of which aren’t out of the question.
So far this year we’ve seen 0.33 inches of rain fall at camp Mabry. Our January monthly average is 2.22
inches. By the look of things, we’ll get this year started off right with an above average rain total.
By Jordan Steele
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