8/3 – The Chief’s “Wet Pattern Continues” Wednesday Morning Forecast

The main concern will quickly shift to the possibility of heavy rainfall once again today. Many parts of the area have seen considerable rainfall over the past several days with a few locations having had measurable rainfall for quite an extended period. While the areas that are saturated are not widespread, some areas have seen rainfall amounts well above normal over the last week or so. Due to this, the entire area is out-looked for a marginal risk of excessive rainfall today. Rainfall today is expected to be widespread in nature once again and if it becomes organized in any way, could lead to flooding issues as rainfall rates of 2-3 inches per hour are likely. A few of the more efficient storms could produce hourly rainfall rates closer to 5 inches per hour.

While a few of the storms today could once again become strong, they are likely to remain generally below severe limits in regards to wind. The primary concern is surely the possibility of flooding. More of the same is expected tomorrow and Friday with high rain chances and the possibility the showers and thunderstorms that develop could be efficient rain producers.

No real changes in the large scale pattern noted for the weekend and the beginning of next week. Daily rounds of diurnal convection is expected to continue, with temperatures not straying much from seasonal norms. Isolated very heavy rain will continue to be possible.

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