Monday, March 31, 2008

Record rainfall at WXLIVE!

The old adage holds true... March came in like a lamb but is headed out like a lion! After rain and thunderstorms throughout the weekend that are only exacerbating flooding conditions, a flash flood watch is in effect through Tuesday morning as another powerful system heads our way tonight. Though some scattered thunderstorms could very likely break out this afternoon as we warm into the 70s, the heavy rain and possibly line of strong storms will not come through until the overnight hours. Many places will see another 1-2" of rain and with the ground already saturated from recent rains, it will all be runoff when it comes. Depending on just how quickly it comes, we could see flooding conditions, particularly around streams, rivers, and storm culverts that will be absorbing all of this water.

After a very dry couple of years, with drought conditions becoming extreme for part of 2007, we seem to be trying to make it up all at once. WXLIVE! (MemphisWeather.Net's official recording station in Bartlett) has recorded almost 7.5" of rain this month (with tonight's yet to be recorded). This has been the wettest month in WXLIVE!'s short history (since June 2005). We'll see if the trend continues in April. (It looks to be starting that way with another system bringing potentially heavy rain about 3 days out!)

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