August 2, 2021

Some Parts Of The Southeastern U.S. Could See 5-7+ Inches Of Rain This Week


Several rounds of heavy rain could lead to flash flooding in parts of the southeastern United States this week.

An upper-level trough parked over the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley will drive the bouts of rain moving over the southeast this week.

Tropical moisture will ride along a stalled frontal boundary like train cars on railroad tracks, leading to a couple of batches of heavy rain through the end of the week.

Some spots could pick up more than half a foot of rain. The heaviest rain is likely from the Florida Panhandle to eastern North Carolina, with Tallahassee, Savannah, Charleston, and Wilmington on track to pick up 3-5+ inches of rain in the latest 7-day precipitation forecast from the Weather Prediction Center

It's interesting and unsettling to watch this kind of weather event play out from a weather communications standpoint.

If a named tropical storm were on track to produce 5-7+ inches of rain in the southeast, it would be the top trend on social media and it'd garner wall-to-wall news coverage. Without the name...there's hardly anything.

It's scary to see these events potentially sneak up on people because they're not aware or not paying attention.

Make sure flash flood alerts are activated through your smartphone's wireless emergency alerts feature. Plan to avoid areas known to flood, and keep several options open to get around town if you have to go out during or after heavy rain.

Please, please remember that it's never safe to drive across a flooded roadway. It's impossible to tell how deep the water is until it's too late, and it takes only a few inches of moving water to lift up a vehicle and carry it downstream.


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I graduated from the University of South Alabama in 2014 with a degree in political science and a minor in meteorology. I ran Gawker's The Vane for two years and I've contributed to Mental Floss, Forbes, Popular Science, and the Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang. I also teamed up with Outdoor Life to write a book called The Extreme Weather Survival Manual, which came out in October 2015.

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