A surge of moisture across the eastern third of the nation means bad news for those with weekend plans, but good news for farmers and gardeners.
Drenching showers and thunderstorms will be common into Sunday across a wide part of the Deep South, Ohio Valley and Northeast. While a washout of a weekend is not expected in most areas, the storms will be to provide at least minor relief to some of the driest parts of the country.
Severe or extreme drought conditions currently exist over a large part of the lower Midwest and mid-South from Arkansas to Indiana. An even larger surrounding area extending from the Tennessee Valley to the upper Ohio Valley is considered to be in a drought.
Fortunately, some of these areas are on target to experience some of the heaviest rain through early next week.
Some places from the northern Gulf Coast to the Ohio Valley and mid-Atlantic have the potential to receive one to two inches of rain through Sunday night. There could be locally higher totals, due in large part to what are expected to be slow-moving, heavy thunderstorms.
While it may sound significant, much more rain will ultimately be needed to put a sizable dent in the drought, especially across areas expected to be to the west of the downpours this weekend over the Nation's Heartland.
Unfortunately, AccuWeather.com meteorologists do not foresee much meaningful relief for the rest of the summer either.
"New and frequent waves of near 100-degree temperatures and stingy rainfall will further stress crops over Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska into mid-August," says AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.
Driving the showers and storms this weekend, which will be most numerous in the afternoon and evening hours, will be heat coupled with humidity.
Afternoon temperatures from the upper 80s into the lower 90s and expected high humidity levels will make for AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures as high as 100 degrees in some areas.
The heat and humidity will make the atmosphere unstable, thus providing fuel for thunderstorm development.
While it may only rain for less than two hours all day in some areas, rainfall amounts could be heavy, leading to runoff that will cause highway, low-lying and small stream flooding.
With water levels running below normal, widespread and significant river flooding is not expected from the storms.
Along the Interstate 95 corridor, AccuWeather.com meteorologists are especially concerned for downpours to flood low-lying and poor drainage areas in and around New York City and Philadelphia.
Drier weather will return to the Northeast for the first half of the upcoming workweek, but so will hotter temperatures.
Conditions are worsening across Bermuda ahead of Major Hurricane Joaquin passing dangerously close to the island nation to end the weekend.
An intense band of heavy rainfall will continue across South Carolina and parts of North Carolina, bringing storm total rainfall across some areas over one foot.
Lives and property will continue to be threatened in and around South Carolina through Monday as additional torrential rain pours down, further worsening already major to catastrophic flooding.
According to the BBC, the Brague River overflowed its banks, sending water into nearby towns and cities, including Cannes.
Tropical cyclones presented trouble around the world this week, while heavy snow fell in parts of Alaska.
Mujigae will bring flooding and strong winds to parts of southern China early next week.
Brampton, MA (1673)
"There was a storm of rain and snow so that the ground was covered with snow, and some of it continued to Oct. 6th." C. W. Chase, hist. of Haverhill. Early snow of the century.
Philadelphia, PA (1777)
Battle of Germantown: "It had been misty at sunrise. The mist thickened into fog; the fog grew more dense." Great confusion ensued, American troops fired on each other and the battle was lost.
NE Maine & Bay of Fundy (1869)
"Saxby's Gale & Great New England Rainstorm & Flood -- Storm predicted a year previously great wind/tide damage in ME and New Brunswick high floods all New England 12.35" at Canton, CT.