More Storms, Flooding from Nebraska to Oklahoma

By Brian Lada, Meteorologist
June 16, 2013; 11:48 AM ET
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Another round of severe weather is in store for the second half of Father's Day weekend from South Dakota through Oklahoma.

Storms will increase in numbers from South Dakota south into Oklahoma through Sunday evening. These storms will be capable of producing large hail and damaging wind gusts up to 75 mph.

A severe storm in southwest South Dakota Sunday afternoon was responsible for producing baseball sized hail. Similar hail is expected through Sunday night as more storms erupt in the region.

In addition to hail and damaging winds, torrential downpours from these storms can lead to flash flooding.

Although the storms will span across much of the Plains, the main focus will be from North Platte, Neb., to Oklahoma City.

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Rain from these storms will help areas of western Kansas and Oklahoma that are currently in a severe drought. However, these quick, heavy downpours do not help battle drought the same way that long duration rainfalls do.

Because the ground is abnormally dry in these areas, rain from heavy downpours will run off more easily rather than soaking into the ground. During a longer duration rainfall, rain water has more time to soak into the ground, further aiding drought conditions.

The risk for severe weather and flash flooding will shift into Missouri and Arkansas on Monday as the disturbance responsible for the storms tracks east.

Story by Meteorologist Brian Lada with content contributed by Meteorologist Andy Mussoline


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