Much Needed Rain Falls in Northern California and Texas
CALIFORNIA and TEXAS – Much needed September rain has made its way to California and Texas, both of which have been experiencing severe drought conditions.
For California, a Pacific storm is bringing significant rainfall by pulling in a narrow plume of deep moisture from the tropics. Weather.com reports that 1-3 inches of rainfall totals were common in northwest California and much of the Pacific Northwest last night and into this morning.
Wednesday was the wettest September day on record in Eureka, California. The 2.59 inches of rain that fell topped the longstanding record from September 11, 1895. Rainfall rates of 1-2 inches in three hours led to a flood advisory early this morning for the northern Sacramento Valley.
Ryan Walbrun from the National Weather Service predicts the strongest rain Thursday morning then waning down through the day and into Friday. Though, this rainfall isn’t expected to impact California’s drought conditions, it is definitely spurring optimism that a rainy winter could be on the way.
For Texas, however, heavy rain is improving drought conditions in that state. This rain is the latest in a string of wet weather to come after the remnants of hurricane Odile brought much needed moisture to the Lone Star State.
The U.S. Drought Monitor map shows that 48% of Texas is now out of drought conditions. That number is up from 43% last week, according to the Associated Press.
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