A Drought Buster Named Lee

Tropical Storm Lee 10:45pm EDT Friday 2 Sep 2011

U.S. Drought Monitor as of 30 Aug 2011

5 Day Rainfall Forecast 3 Sep 2011 - 7 Sep 2011

Tropical Storm Lee is expected to make landfall on the Louisiana coast this weekend, an area suffering from what the National Weather Service categorizes as an “exceptional to severe” drought.  As of Friday afternoon, rainfall for the year is running 7.49″ below normal in New Orleans.  Other rainfall deficits for the year so far include:

Jackson, Mississippi:  11.87″ below normal

Pensacola, Florida:  14.25″ below normal

Mobile, Alabama:  16.57″ below normal

Lee is forecast to dump 10-15″ of rain on much of this parched area over the next 5 days; a mixture of drought busting downpours and dangerous floods.  Some of the tropical moisture from Lee will surge north along the Appalachian mountains, enhancing showers chances here in the mid Atlantic Monday through Wednesday.

Tom Tasselmyer

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