Thursday, February 24, 2011

Picking Up Some Rain While Avoiding the Severe Weather

The storm system which brought us rain and a few rumbles in the sky earlier today, managed to spare us from the severe weather.

That was not the case, however, for our neighbors in northern Louisiana, southern Arkansas, and Mississippi.

This is a plot of every severe weather report across the Deep South on Thursday. You can see that we were not that far off from experiencing some of those severe weather reports.

An overwhelming majority of the storm reports were from wind damage. The line of storms that blew through here ended up producing some gusty winds at times. However, further to the north and east, where the atmosphere was a little more unstable, these areas saw winds gust up to 70 to 80 mph. That caused widespread damage to trees and power lines. It also led to several accidents on major highways.

We, however, were more fortunate, and just picked up a few downpours.

As you can see from the weather watchers that reported in, many areas picked up anywhere from a tenth of an inch to a half inch. Overall, the average looked to be around one quarter of an inch.