Rain Opportunities for 'Drought Country'

November 8, 2011; 6:07 AM ET
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Along with the risk of severe weather, locally drenching rainfall is possible in parts of Texas and other South Central states into Tuesday. Photo by Tim Pleasant, photos.com

While there is a threat of tornadoes in "drought country" of Texas and other South Central states with the current storm system moving through, there is also the potential for more needed rain into Tuesday.

A strong side-effect from the storm swinging through Texas and the southern Plains is dangerous and potentially violent weather. However, there is also the potential for multiple counties in the region receiving drenching rainfall through Tuesday.

The nature of the rain from this storm in much of Texas and Oklahoma will also be sporadic due to the nature of showers and thunderstorms in Texas and Oklahoma.

Whether a few tenths of an inch or an inch of rain falls, every bit is needed.

Since the Gulf of Mexico will be opened for the storm system to tap, there is the potential for a couple of inches of rain to fall on some communities.

The heaviest rain over the drought area is most likely to fall from northeastern Texas to western Louisiana, northward to southeastern Kansas and southwestern Missouri. Isolated pockets of similar rain could develop farther west as well.

Sporadic rainfall in recent weeks have opened up a few holes in the vast area of drought affecting Texas. However, during the same period, the area of drought has grown in size and become more severe in neighboring states.

Wichita Falls, Texas, and Oklahoma City, Okla., have received close to 90 percent of their normal rainfall since Sept 1. 2011. However, less rain, dipping as low as only 10 to 30 percent of normal, has fallen on some locations during the same period. In almost all areas, the drought extends back into the fall of 2010.

Interestingly, it appears another storm next week around the same time may present more opportunities for rain in the region.

The storm this week will kick up some wind on its back side. As a result, areas that do not receive dust settling rain can be faced with blowing dust Monday night and Tuesday.

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