The first round of Memorial Day weekend storms moved through the region yesterday afternoon into the early overnight hours. A Tornado Watch was issued for the Mid-South until 10pm last night, but fortunately only scattered reports of wind damage were reported across the area.
The bigger issue for some was heavy rainfall. Most afternoon and evening storms were scattered or fairly transient so no widespread flooding issues resulted. However, late in the evening, a north-south line of storms moving basically due north set up from Memphis south roughly along I-55. It took some time to slowly move east and weakened to general rainfall during the overnight hours. A Flash Flood Warning was issued for the eastern metro and Doppler estimated storm total rainfall amounts were in the 2.5-4" range within that warned area.
|Doppler estimated rainfall totals for the Sunday/Sunday night event. The storm tracks with heaviest rain can be easily picked out as they moved north-northeast. Pink colors are >3" amounts.|
|Flash Flood Watches cover much of the southern plains and Mid-South with Flash Flood Warnings across much of OK and along rivers and streams across OK, TX, AR, and LA.|
By this evening, another round of storms is expected. Driven by another upper-level impulse, these storms will likely bring many reports of large hail, widespread damaging wind, and a few tornadoes to eastern TX and southeast OK today before moving east-northeast across AR and into the Mid-South overnight. Fortunately, the storm system will weaken considerably as it draws closer, but expect more potentially heavy rainfall and lightning after midnight tonight into Tuesday morning.
|Monday severe weather outlook from the Storm Prediction Center and the general track of a developing storm system in west TX that will move into AR overnight and weaken.|
|The SPC convective outlook for Tuesday shows a Slight Risk of damaging wind or large hail mainly east of the MS River.|
To close, on this Memorial Day holiday, I simply say "thank you" to all of those past and present who have fought bravely to ensure the freedoms that we too often take for granted and God bless the families and friends of those who have lost their brave loved ones in the battle. You are not forgotten.
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