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Flash Flooding a Major Threat For the U.S This Week

The threat for severe thunderstorms will remain typical for August this week, which means that there will definitely not be much action pertaining to severe weather going on. But, the threat for flash flooding will be in full effect.

In many areas of the United States, there will be a threat for scattered showers and thunderstorms and they will be throughout a couple of different areas of the country. Some of them, especially systems in the West, will dump enough rain to cause some localized flash flooding in the area.

There has been a lack of strong, large scale systems in the atmosphere recently and with that being said, the threat for large hail and tornadoes will be pretty low for the rest of the week. If there are any damaging winds that come along with this system, they will be mainly caused from the rain-cooled downbursts in the stronger thunderstorm systems.

Generally speaking, the severe weather threat will continue to remain below average for the beginning of the month. But, Tuesday has the potential to bring a couple of strong storms to some parts of the Central Plains. On Wednesday that risk will then shift into lower Missouri, lower Ohio, and the mid-Mississippi Valley. As for the Midwest, it looks like it may be the most unsettled part of the country when it comes to showers and thunderstorms. But at this time it isn’t clear that there will be a significant severe weather episode during that time. This means that you have to stay tuned to your local weather authority, as the system is always changing due to the conditions.

The atmosphere as of late has been unusually moist, especially in parts of the West, and this is even considering that it’s the new wet phase of the Monsoon. Because of this, it is possible that some localized flash flooding may occur, and even some thunderstorms. This could possibly mean that some areas may potentially pick up over three inches of rain, but that is only during the heaviest of thunderstorms.

This unusually moist air mass has since shifted north, as drier air has moved into southern California and a large portion of Arizona. As a result of this, storms with locally heavy rain will remain farther to the north throughout Wednesday. This will extend from northern California through Southern Idaho, into northern Nevada, northern Utah, and will then end at parts of Wyoming and Montana.

It is important to stay alert for the potential of dangerous landslides and rushing water in any areas that experience heavy rainfall and are located in steep and mountainous terrain. Vehicles can easily be swept away by moving water, and even the heaviest passenger vehicles can be swept away by no less than two feet of moving water. It only takes six inches of rushing water to knock the average person off of their feet! This means that you should not try to drive through flooded areas, and if you by chance do come across a flooded road, turn around and try to find an alternate route of travel.

On the East Coast, the threat of flooding in the eastern Carolina’s is dying down and diminishing quite quickly. Although, locally heavy rainfall may potentially affect parts of Florida through Tuesday. Stormy conditions in the Midwest on Tuesday and Wednesday may also have the potential to bring on localized flash flooding as well.

Stay tuned to your local weather authority for updates on the weather in your specific area!

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