EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - Over the past day and a half, I have asked a handful of East Texans 'whether or not they like the rain' and 'when will they get sick and tired of it?' Pretty much all of them said 'yes' and 'never' to those questions respectively.
Today makes the third day in a row in which we have had scattered to widespread showers and thunderstorms across the Piney Woods and the fourth day in a row in which at least half the viewing area cashed in on some beneficial rainfall.
Do you remember last year? I'm sure most of you do. After all, we could not buy a shower, much less any cloud cover to provide relief. So far this summer has gotten off to a better start all the way around, in large part due to the soaking rain showers which have led to the cooler temperatures.
July off to a Wet Start?
Our recent string of wet weather has occurred due to that big ridge of high pressure not being situated over the Lone Star State. We have seen multiple disturbance rotate around that high and move into East Texas, much like spokes rotating around a bicycle wheel.
To add to the mix, we now have seen a weak area of low pressure develop in the upper atmosphere over southern Arkansas and northern Louisiana. This low pressure area has aided the lift in the development of more widespread showers and storms. When you combine that low with all the abundant moisture in place, it is easy to see why the rain has been quite heavy at times.
No Signs of Stopping
The chances for rain will remain high over the next few days as we add a summer cold front to the mix. While this front may not provide any cooler weather for us, it will stall in our area and serve as a focal point for additional shower and thunderstorm development.
The rainfall potential between now and Thursday will be 2-3". Keep in mind that this is forecast on top of what we have already received in the Texas Forest Country over the past several days.
As we head towards the end of the week, the rain chances will go down, but won't completely go away. Make sure you have your umbrella on hand throughout the week in case you find yourself underneath a heavy downpour. I know I'll have my StormTracker 9 Umbrella close by as I make my way around town.