Monday, August 06, 2007

Too much of a good thing?

The two to four inches of rain that fell on Saturday and Sunday made a sizable dent in the rainfall deficits that had led the development of a moderate drought across the region, but it may end up doing more harm than good in some places. Thunderstorms are expected to develop later tonight and track across some of the same areas that got the most rain over the weekend. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect generally south of the Wisconsin River. There is so much moisture in the air (dewpoints are in the upper 70s across much of Iowa and Illinois) that heavy rain is likely with these storms. This rain is expected to linger through Tuesday, with another round of heavy rain/potentially severe storms on Wednesday. After that, temperatures are forecast to remain above normal through the weekend.

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