The rainfall over the past few weeks exemplify the large weather disparities between different portions of the state of Texas. While the southeast part of Texas has been inundated with torrential and sometimes flooding rainfall, the western half of the state remains parched.
Severe to extreme drought continues to negatively impact agriculture in areas of the Panhandle. Since the drought's onset in 2011, billions of dollars have been lost. Meanwhile, a moist flow of air off the Gulf of Mexico, combined with nearly stationary atmospheric disturbances, has promoted extremely wet weather in and around Houston.
Just in the past several days, over 6 inches of rain have fallen in places close to Houston, including Conroe which has been flooded under almost 9 inches of rain.
Unfortunately for drought-stricken areas of western Texas, a large dome of high pressure has allowed dry conditions to persist. Sinking air caused by the high pressure has helped to suppress thunderstorm development. Many locations haven't seen a drop of rain since early in June.
As we move into the rest of the summer, AccuWeather.com meteorologists expect more dry weather for the western portion of the state. This will no doubt allow the drought to worsen. If not for near- to slightly above-normal rainfall in western Texas this past spring, the drought would be far worse.
Summertime is typically the wettest portion of the year in West Texas and the region will need a wet fall and winter to climb out of their rainfall deficit.
Residents of southeast Texas can expect to see more rounds of thunderstorms in the coming week or two, although they may not be as widespread nor as heavy as recent days.
Snow will swing across parts of the central and northern Plains to the Upper Midwest as November ends and December begins.
As millions head home from their Thanksgiving ventures the weather may cause trouble on the roads and at the airports from the southern Appalachians to the central Rockies on Sunday.
Tropical Rainstorm Sandra will continue to bring the risk of flooding rainfall to portions of western Mexico into Saturday night.
The reprieve from heavy rain across southern India will not last with the threat for flooding downpours set to return for the final days of November.
An active storm track across northern Europe will bring more wind and rain across Germany into the new week.
Several days of heavy rain will bring the potential for significant flooding from the southern Plains to the middle Mississippi Valley into early next week.
Lake Superior (1960)
A severe lake storm along the north shore of Lake Superior: waves 20-40 feet high, wind gust to 73 mph. Floods and waves caused structural damage.
Goodland, KS (1983)
19 inches of snow on the ground with drifts of up to 8 feet.
Sixty cities tied or established new record high temperatures for the date.