Welcome August Rains

August 19, 2008 at 9:16 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Since Friday morning we have had several bands of heavy rain move through north Texas.  DFW Airport has recorded 1.54 inches of rain so far.  But some areas have had much more.  Southeast of Dallas, in Limestone County, 8 to 12 inches of rain fell Monday night and into this morning.  There were a number of evacuations and high water rescues in the county, and particularly in the town of Kosse.   There has also been minor flooding reported in Denton County during the early afternoon on Tuesday.

But for the most part, the rains have been very beneficial, averaging 2 inches and more.  We will see more rain, at least through Wednesday.  And in addition, the rains have held temperatures down.  Monday’s high was only 82.  Tuesday’s high was 84.  Those are the coolest temperatures we have seen in north Texas since the middle of May.

With all of the recent storms, some viewers have asked me if these storms might present a tornado threat.  But with this sort of muggy, tropical air mass, with little vertical wind shear, the severe weather threat is almost non-existent.  The only real threats are lightning, and localized flooding from the pockets of heavy rain. 

Chief Meteorologist David Finfrock


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