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Sunday, October 04, 2009

Remnants of Olaf spread rain across the Southland

Tropical Storm Olaf formed last week in the Eastern Pacific off the coast of Mexico. Within a day Olaf had degraded to a tropical depression and headed eastward towards the desert southwest of the USA.

After The Rain Comes The Breeze (KFOX TV)

Thick clouds made their way across the Borderland Sunday packing moisture from what is left of Olaf, which is no longer a tropical storm. The system has weakened tremendously but is still dumping rain to the south of El Paso.


Saturday the remnants of Tropical Depression Olaf dumped rain in El Paso and Las Cruces and forced temperatures to drop to the 60s and 50s by early evening.
This weekend rain from tropical air spawned by the remains of Olaf spread from El Paso north to Oklahoma and as far east as Alabama by this evening. Radar echoes this morning showed some welcome heavy rain in areas such as central and south Texas. As fast as this system seems to be moving, however, I suspect that the rain did not do much to satisfy the parched areas most affected by the drought.

Showers in Oklahoma's forecast (Dallas Morning News)

Showers and thunderstorms are likely in Oklahoma on Sunday, and more rain is forecast for most of the upcoming work week.

The National Weather Service said rain began falling across parts of the state Saturday afternoon, a trend that forecasters say will continue overnight. A large subtropical moisture plume, aided by the remnants of Pacific Ocean Tropical Storm Olaf, will contribute to the increased precipitation threat.

The heaviest rain will likely remain south of the state near the frontal boundary, but Oklahomans could see heavy rain over southeastern parts of the state.
Tonight Olaf's moisture is beginning to affect north Georgia. Rain chances for tomorrow are 80 - 100% and metro Atlanta is under a flood watch until tomorrow night. Rain chances continue into the middle of the week. Unlike the dry areas in south Texas or even the severe drought of last summer, the land here is still saturated. The effects of the heavy rain we had two weeks ago still lingers.

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