Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Very Wet Week Ahead

A very wet 10 days is ahead for the eastern half of the nation.

Multiple model forecasts from multiple forecast systems are projecting the next 10 days to be full of water for the eastern half of the nation. Shown above is the predicted total rainfall from the European model system. Past forecasts have been even wetter than this, but the latest forecast predicts many states east of the Plains receiving over 3 inches of rain. If you're looking for a mind-blowing statistic, look no further: in this forecast, each state on this map (excluding New Mexico and Arizona) is projected to receive over an inch of rain in the next 10 days. That may not seem like a lot, but when you remember that this forecast image accounts for all but a few states in the US Mainland, you get the idea of how big this wet trend is. A few smaller states in the Mid-Atlantic may be added to that exclusion list, as they are just so small it really is hit-or-miss as far as if they will get in on that 1 inch mark. The highest totals print out in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi, where a whopping 5 inches of rain could hit multiple, small-scale areas in those states. Indiana and Michigan could also get in on those high totals. The top of the image indicates the highest total on this graphic is 6.6 inches, which appears to be forecasted to hit northern Arkansas. Get the rowboats out!


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