From Drought to Flood Threat: U.S. Southern Plains

The National Weather Service has outlined flash flood watches throughout most of central Texas and into areas of the Four Corners. In the next 24 hours, 2 to 4 inches of rain are expected in central Texas, with 1 to 2 inches northeast into the Four Corners region.

Flood watches issued by NWS covering Texas and portions of the Four Corners

This rain will provide relief for SW regions where dry air and high temperatures have been persistent. As of July 9th, 2013, the U.S. Drought Monitor classified these areas as having extreme to exceptional drought conditions. Now, rain here is even expected to become a flood threat.

Not only will these arid regions see moisture, but they are also expected to see cooler temperatures. Average triple-digit temperatures will not likely be seen again until after the storms pass. Rather, highs near 80 degrees are in the forecast through midweek.

1-2 inches of rain are expected in the SW Plains, with up to 6 inches in parts of Texas over the next 2 days

Overall, 1 to 3 inches of rain are expected over these regions, with 4 to 6 possible in some areas. Thunderstorms bringing this downpour will also bring lightning strikes and gusty winds. Flash flooding is a potential threat, especially as rain accumulates more throughout the week and into next week. In the next 7 days, more showers are expected and floods here could become dangers, as they can easily carry debris and cause lowlands to become impassable. Residents of these regions are warned to take precaution in the event of flash flooding, and to avoid afternoon hiking on ridges in order to avoid being struck by lightning.

Truly,

Tash


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