Gustav brought Wind but not much Rain

September 3, 2008 at 6:42 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Hurricane Gustav stormed ashore near Houma, Louisiana about 10am Tuesday.  Since then it has spread flooding rains across much of Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas. 

But as expected, the heaviest rain fell along and east of the track of Gustav, as it moved northwest through Lafayette to Shreveport, to Texarkana, and now back northeast towards Little Rock.  On the east side of that track, with rich, moist tropical air streaming up from the Gulf, Monroe, LA received 10 inches of rain, and Winnsboro, LA received over 16″. 

But on the west side, where a dry wind blew down from the north, rainfall was sparse.  Officially, DFW Airport got only a trace of precipitation, not even enough to measure.  Most of the Metroplex got only a few hundreths of an inch.  But east Texas did a bit better, with .48″ in Wills Point, .53″ in Cooper, and .80″ in Emory.

Even though we didn’t get much rain,  Gustav did help pull a cold front through north Texas, and a brisk north wind of 20 to 30 mph cooled things down nicely.  Our official high for Wednesday was 82, but that occurred at 1am, before the cold front moved through.  During tha afternoon, we never got above 79, a welcome relief after a long hot summer in north Texas.

Chief Meteorologist David Finfrock

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