Where’s the Rain from Edouard?

August 6, 2008 at 6:56 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Tropical Storm Edouard made landfall Tuesday morning between Galveston and Sabine Pass, on the upper Texas coast.  Winds topped out at 65 mph, below the 74 mph threshhold for hurricanes.  So there was almost no wind damage along the coast, other than a few uprooted trees.

But Edouard did produce 4 to 6 inches of rain east and north of Houston, and there were some minor flooding problems as the storm moved inland and weakened.  By Tuesday evening, it had already been downgraded to a Tropical Depression, with winds less than 35 mph.

But the rains continued to fall in a small area near the path of the core of the low pressure area.  Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, we received reports of 6 to 8 inches of rain southwest of the Metroplex, in Hamilton and Comanche Counties.  Streams came out of their banks and many roads in those two counties were impassible until mid-day on Wednesday.

But here in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, we remained on the periphery of the storm, and there were only a few spotty showers here.  In fact, DFW Airport hasn’t yet reported a single drop of rain from the remnants of Edouard.  With those remnants now drifting northwest of Abilene, towards Lubbock, it appears that we won’t be getting any more rain from Edouard.

But there does appear to be at least one more chance for rain this week.  A cold front in Kansas will slide southward into Oklahoma on Thursday, and late in the day we could see a few thunderstorms along the Red River.  If that system holds together, we will then have a chance for a few storms in the Metroplex on Friday.

By the way, we did get some good results from Edouard.  We didn’t see much rain, but the increase in cloud cover held our high temperature to 95 on Wednesday.  After 12 straight days of 100+ heat, that was a welcome relief.

Chief Meteorologist David Finfrock

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