Beryl will continue to unload drought-quenching rainfall in part of the South today, taking a path parallel to the Carolina coast.
Tropical Rainstorm Beryl has delivered over a foot of rain to parts of northern Florida. A gauge near Midway, Fla. has received 12.65 inches of rain from Beryl as of 6:30 A.M. EDT May 29, 2012.
While less intense amounts of rain are expected looking ahead as Beryl begins to pick up forward speed, both beneficial and disruptive downpours can occur.
Downpours will roll across the cities of Raleigh, Wilmington and New Bern, N.C. and Virginia Beach and Norfolk, Va. along the way.
Enough rain can fall to significantly impact existing drought conditions in a positive way. However, there can also be a few incidents of flash and urban flooding.
Beryl nearly became a hurricane before making landfall near Jacksonville, Fla., early on Monday morning. Beryl was downgraded to a tropical rainstorm during the midday hours Monday as it moved inland over northern Florida.
However, even as Beryl loses wind velocity and circulation the next couple of days, localized torrential downpours and locally severe thunderstorms are forecast begins to drift northeastward.
According to Meteorologist Joseph P. Sobel, Ph.D., "The risk of localized severe thunderstorms are most likely to occur on the storm's eastern and southern side."
Since the system will still be close enough to the coast to grab moisture, rainfall on the order of several additional inches is possible in portions of northern and central Florida to coastal North Carolina through the middle of the week.
It is possible that Beryl will regain some strength later this week, after the system turns well out to sea, off Cape Hatteras, N.C.
This region was foretold as a potential trouble spot and breeding area for tropical activity for the latter part of May. The disturbance that spawned Beryl originated from this region last week.
The risk of drenching and locally gusty thunderstorms has expanded to parts of Southern California, Arizona and Nevada.
The Northwest is dealing with yet another record-challenging heat wave to close out July. While relief will come next week, this heat wave will not be the last of the summer.
A cold front will press southward bringing relief from the heat to Spain, Italy and southeast Europe late this week.
Following the steam bath of this week, the weather around Washington, D.C., and Baltimore will not be in a hurry to cool down.
Flooding monsoon rain will continue this week in India and southeast Pakistan, but a drier pattern is expected to set in during August.
In the most destructive hurricane season in recorded history, images from Katrina, Rita, Wilma and others still resonate today and immediately bring to mind the total despair millions of Americans faced in 2005.
Gulf Coast (1995)
Tropical storm Dean entered the Texas coast near Galveston, TX. Galveston reported a wind gust of 51 mph, but just 0.54" of rain. Coastal roads were flooded across Louisiana.
Las Vegas, NV (1998)
2.50 inches of rain in 1 hour.
Greenville, SC (2004)
Heavy rain causes nearby river to crest at 19.2 feet, the second highest crest ever.