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.
The next windstorm to target Europe will narrowly miss the United Kingdom on Saturday before a cold snap settles in for Valentine’s Day and Monday.
A blast of arctic air will be accompanied by flurries and even a localized wall of snow in some communities in the Northeast and parts of the Midwest at the start of the Valentine's Day weekend.
Spring of 2016 could rank in the top 10 warmest on record for Canada.
The coldest air of the winter will plunge southward across much of the eastern United States and will feature single-digit and sub-zero temperatures in the Northeast during Valentine's Day weekend.
A storm will bring snow and ice that will lead to slippery travel along a 1,500-mile swath from northern Arkansas and Georgia to Maine early next week.
Passengers on the latest voyage of Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas faced the complete opposite of a care-free, relaxing experience after an encounter with a ferocious storm in the Atlantic.
Tallahassee, FL (1899)
(11th-14th) During an arctic outbreak temps fell to -2 F., the lowest ever registered in the sunshine state.
Philadelphia, PA (1899)
(11th-14th) 18.9" of snow; fourth biggest snowstorm on record. Unofficially, 44" between Philadelphia and Atlantic City. Blizzard conditions and high winds and bitter cold.
Raleigh, NC (1899)
(11th-13th) 17.7" of snow.