One person is dead after heavy thunderstorms triggered flash flooding across the Southwest on Friday. A similar danger exists today.
Roads and washes flooded and mudslides ensued across parts of southeastern California and western Arizona on Friday from the drenching thunderstorms.
A person drowned after a car got swept into a flooded wash (normally a stream bed) five miles north of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., late Friday.
Around the same time, runoff from a downpour led to significant flooding on California's Highway 62 from Yucca Valley to east of Twentynine Palms. Water and boulders covered the road, parts of which caved in. Numerous vehicles got stuck in the debris.
The combination of a slow-moving weather disturbance and monsoonal moisture is to blame for Friday's heavy thunderstorms, while the region's typical dry climate contributed to the flash flooding's rapid onset.
Yuma, Ariz., picked up 1.66 inches of rain on Friday--equivalent to half of what the city normally receives during an entire year. It was also Yuma's wettest day since January 21, 2010.
Simply put, the soil across southeastern California and western Arizona cannot handle that amount of rain.
The same ingredients that led to Friday's flash flooding are once again in place through this evening across the Southwest with southern Nevada, southwestern Utah and western Arizona at greatest risk.
Las Vegas lies within the threat zone, as well as Kingman, Ariz., and St. George, Utah.
Thunderstorms will rumble elsewhere throughout the Intermountain West today with the flood threat more localized. Severe weather is also a concern this afternoon across northeastern Oregon and neighboring Idaho.
The weekend is then set to end Sunday just as it started with more thunderstorms throughout the Intermountain West. The danger of flash flooding will be greatest across Arizona.
The wet pattern in the southern Plains over the past several weeks has nearly eliminated drought conditions across the region.
A tornado struck a drilling rig in Canadian, Texas, Wednesday night and caused several injuries.
California is in the grips of a four-year drought, and conditions are worsening in Washington and Oregon.
Mount Shindake erupted for the second time in the last nine months on Friday, according to the Global Volcanism Project at the Smithsonian Institution.
Mississippi/ Ohio Valleys (1989)
Thunderstorms produced severe weather from the Upper Mississippi Valley to the Upper Ohio Valley. A F-4 tornado injured three people and caused a million dollars damage at New Providence IA.
Thunderstorms developing along a warm front spawned fourteen tornadoes in northeastern Texas during the last afternoon and night. Thunderstorms produced baseball size hail near Marshall, wind gusts to 77 mph at Commerce and up to five inches of rain in many locations.
Daytona Beach, FL (1997)
140 people rescued from rip currents. A man died trying to save his wife.