© 2019 Terry Swails

WE'LL TAKE WHAT WE CAN GET....

August 26, 2017

This August has been anything but summery in the Midwest. Friday was another example of the fall-like weather that has been dominating the pattern.

Humidity has been nice and low this week which has made it feel very comfortable outside. The downfall to this is that moisture has been severely lacking. 

 Dry to extreme drought conditions have been persisting across much of the Midwest for several weeks. Here's a closer look at the worst of it in the state of Iowa.

 There was some improvement from last week, but it takes a long time to cure a drought. This weekend there will be a little more moisture around but not enough to produce very heavy rain.

 Dew points will climb into the upper 60s and that will be enough for some showers and storms to survive on Sunday.

 But it's not going to be much...

 We'll take what we can get! The opposite is the case 1200 miles away in Texas. Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a category 4 hurricane. The first category 4 hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. since Hurricane Charley in 2004 and the first in Texas since Hurricane Carla in 1961. 

 The problem here is that Harvey is going to meander in southeastern Texas for the next several days, leading to torrential rains and storm surge.

 Above is just one model, but many are showing upwards of 20 to as high as 40 inches of rain through Wednesday.

 

RK

 

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