Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Rain, Rain, and More Rain

I looked at the CoCoRaHS site this evening to do a little research on rainfall amounts in Alabama so far this month. Rain has fallen every day this month in the state. Serious flooding has occurred in several areas. Numerous areas have received over received over 10 inches during the first 23 days of the month. More rain is in the forecast through the weekend before drier air finally moves into the state early next week.

Sylacauga 9.2 S - 16.55
Trinity 1.7 SW - 15.40
Anderson 2.1 NE - 14.90
Florence 0.6 NE - 14.14
Aliceville 9.4 WSW - 13.39
Killen 3.0 ESE - 13.06
Dadeville 6.2 SSW - 13.06
Mentone 6.9 SSE - 12.73
Deatsville 3.4 NW - 12.55
Holt 11.4 SSE - 12.49
Northport 11.3 WSW - 12.29
Spruce Pine 1.5 W - 12.03
Rogersville 2.3 NNW - 11.93
Trussville 3.4 N - 11.92
Fairfield 1.8 NE - 11.84
Addison 3.8 N - 11.84
Helena 1.8 SE - 11.76
Wilton 5.0 SSW - 11.55
Lake Purdy 5.8 ENE - 11.17
Argo 1.5 NW - 11.15
St. Florian 2.9 NNE - 11.13
Jacksons Gap 3.4 SW - 10.96
Alabaster 2.0 WSW - 10.72
Moody 2.0 ESE - 10.60
Bessemer 8.6 S - 10.45
Odenville 4.5 ENE - 10.44
Jacksonville 1.6 NNE - 10.43
Springville 6.7 NE - 10.30
Hoover 3.6 ESE - 10.26
Alexander City 2.7 S - 10.19
Wilmer 7.9 SE - 10.06

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As bad as conditions have been across Alabama, things have been much worse over Georgia during the past three days. Over 20" of rain has fallen in some areas during that time, resulting in severe flooding that has been responsible for nine deaths at lat report. My friend Dewdrop has provided some very thorough coverage of the Georgia flooding. My friend Michael Detwiler is covering the flooding in Tennessee.

Update from the NWS Huntsville at 7:56 pm:

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL
754 PM CDT WED SEP 23 2009

...RECENT PRECIPITATION TOTALS FROM AROUND THE AREA...

A SERIES OF VERY SLOW MOVING LOW PRESSURE SYSTEMS HAVE BROUGHT
HEAVY RAINFALL TO MUCH OF THE AREA OVER THE LAST SEVEN TO NINE
DAYS. MOST OF THE HEAVIEST RAINFALL HAS BEEN CONCENTRATED OVER
WESTERN AND FAR EASTERN PORTIONS OF THE HUNTSVILLE FORECAST
AREA...WHERE RAINFALL TOTALS OVER FIVE INCHES ARE COMMON. BELOW IS
A LIST OF SOME AREA STATIONS THAT HAVE REPORTED OVER FIVE INCHES
OF RAINFALL DURING THE LAST SEVEN DAYS. PRECIPITATION TOTALS ARE
CUMULATIVE FROM SEPTEMBER 16TH THROUGH 100 PM CDT TODAY.

LOCATION NAME RAINFALL (INCHES)
======== ==== =================
ALLD23 FLORENCE HS AREA 11.56
ALLD08 AQUA VISTA 11.29
ANDA1 ANDERSON COOP 10.85
VYHA1 VALLEY HEAD 10.64
LRWA1 DESOTO STATE PARK 10.04
VHXA1 VALLEY HEAD HCN-M 10.01
ALLD20 ROSE PARK (FLORENCE) 9.88
BHFA1 BANKHEAD NTL FOREST 9.67
ALLD18 3 NE ROGERSVILLE 9.60
ALLD04 MCFARLAND PARK (FLORENCE) 9.51
ALLD31 2 NE ANDERSON 9.15
ALLD32 CENTRAL FLORENCE 9.07
WHLA1 WHEELER DAM 9.00
MLTA1 MOULTON TVA 8.86
ALLS08 ELKMONT 8.84
MUSA1 MUSCLE SHOALS COOP 8.44
ALLS10 5 N ATHENS 8.44
LYCT1 LYNCHBURG COOP 8.37
ALLR02 CHALYBEATE SPRINGS 8.00
ALDK08 3.5 E SYLVANIA 7.97
ALLD01 FLORENCE DOWNTOWN 7.78
ALLS09 4 NW ATHENS 7.58
ALLD02 3 N ROGERSVILLE 7.54
OAKA1 OAKLAND 7.46
HYTA1 HYTOP 7.39
FYTT1 FAYETTEVILLE 7.38
TNLC11 TAFT (ARDMORE 10.8 E) 7.37
FAVT1 COLDWATER 7.21
RVLA1 RUSSELLVILLE TVA 7.16
RUXA1 RUSSELLVILLE AIRPORT 6.76
LCXA1 LAWRENCE COUNTY AIRP 6.70
MOUA1 MOULTON COOP 6.64
AHNA1 ATHENS TVA 6.63
TNCA1 TOWN CREEK 6.54
WLSA1 WILSON DAM / FLORENCE 6.52
LYNT1 LYNCHBURG TVA 6.34
TFDT1 TIMS FORD DAM PRECIP 6.33
MSXA1 MUSCLE SHOALS TVA HCN 6.18
CULA1 CULLMAN AWIS 6.14
SWNT1 SEWANEE 5.84
MCAT1 PARK CITY 2 SW AAMU 5.84
MRGA1 MORGAN (WEST DECATUR) 5.73
NTFT1 ESTILL SPRINGS 5.65
SEWT1 SEWANEE TVA 5.61
IDRA1 IDER 5.51
ALDK09 FORT PAYNE 5.49
CUXA1 CULLMAN HCN-M 5.44
ATNA1 CAPSHAW / ATHENS 5.44
CLVA1 COLLINSVILLE 5.41
FYVT1 FAYETTEVILLE WTR PLANT 5.32
ALLD29 2 N ROGERSVILLE 5.18
ALCT07 LITTLEVILLE 5.18
SMCA1 CROSSVILLE CRN 5.13
WDCA1 WIDOWS CREEK 5.10
ALLD09 MACEDONIA (WATERLOO) 5.03

BELOW ARE PRECIPITATION TOTALS FROM A FEW OTHER SITES OF INTEREST GOING
BACK TO SEPTEMBER 14TH THROUGH 100 PM CDT TODAY.

MSL MUSCLE SHOALS AIRPORT 6.46
HSV HUNTSVILLE AIRPORT 4.69
DCU DECATUR AIRPORT 4.52
GUXA1 GUNTERSVILLE RADIO STN 3.06
SCXA1 SCOTTSBORO AIRPORT 2.97

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