The southern Plains will finally get a break from the rain

The atmosphere has been stuck in this relentless deluge of water across Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, and parts of Colorado & Missouri for the last 4+ weeks… looks like this record wet pattern though will finally break down heading through the next few days. Tropical moisture has been surging into the southern U.S. since the beginning of May leading to tremendous rainfall surges over the same areas day after day. Just check out some of the totals…

 

In fact, look at the statewide average rainfall list for the lower 48 courtesy of Doctor Ryan Maue…

 

These are the top 12 states for the average rainfall amount statewide during the month of May. This shows that the average location in Oklahoma has experienced more than a foot of rain during the month… almost 4 times the average. While that is just the average, some spots have been closer to 2 feet. Arkansas and Texas aren't far behind. Check out Minnesota… even we are having a good month now at nearly 4.5"… more than an inch above average. A reminder that these are just through May 26th.

But the forecast is looking dryer for the hardest hit areas and may actually give the soils a chance to soak up some remaining water and dry out a little bit. Here is the current forecast amount from the Weather Prediction Center through late next week…

 

While this can and will change, it gives you a little idea of our overall pattern the next few days… dry in the south and wet in the north. It's been a long time since prayers in that part of the country have been for sunshine and dry conditions, but they're happening now. While this might not be an extended dry period, a few days of June sunshine couldn't hurt to dry things up a little. Good news for them… despite the destruction of the last few weeks, the drought and water worries are over…. For now.

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